The dreaded rattle.
That old, weathered teak door or battered hatch is just a cosmetic issue, you tell yourself, and that’s why you’ve pushed it down the to-do list. But, every time it rattles on a run out to the fishing grounds, you cringe.
Truth is, that ugly wood door isn’t just an eyesore, it’s a source of embarrassment. And that rattling hatch? It’s letting water seep in and soak your dry storage. And they’re both hurting the value of your boat.
The good news is that you have options, and replacing a door on your boat has never been easier.
“You can replace virtually any teak cabin entry door, center console door, access door, or deck hatch with a perfect-fit replacement in King StarBoard,” explains Andrew Brown of Boatoutfitters.com. “And the replacement isn’t only a huge cosmetic upgrade, it can also be engineered to feature improvements over the original design.”
For example, if you have a basic deck hatch that has been beaten-up over the years and has damaged, rusty hardware and stains, you can simply remove the hatch, measure the size of the opening, and get a made-to-order hatch in King StarBoard with your choice of latch, hinges, and an integrated seal.
“All you have to do is measure your cutout, type it into the form at BoatOutfitters.com, and a fully assembled door ready to set into your cutout will be shipped in 2 to 3 days,” explains Brown. “We can also integrate a bulb seal in the hatch that is an improvement over the original. The new seal will be pressed into place via a t-slot cut into the material, avoiding adhesive that peels off, eliminating any rattle, and cutting down on water intrusion.”
If the door you need to replace is a little more complex, such as an old teak cabin-entry door, you can still find a replacement that is guaranteed to be a perfect fit by having a made-to-order door built to the exact measurements of the original.
“Clients can send the entire door and frame to us, and we’ll place it on a digitizing table, make a 3-D model, and cut a finished product that exactly matches the original dimensions,” says Brown. Again, the new King Starboard door can include improvements, such as integrated screens behind the louvers, to keep mosquitoes and flies out of the cabin.
Total replacement isn’t your only option. For example, if you have a center console access door that is in good shape but the aluminum frame is pitted and damaged, you can swap out the frame for a replacement at a fraction of the cost of a new door.
“With custom work, the options are unlimited, and we can perfectly match a boat’s fit and finish,” explains Brown. “And the best part is that the technology that allows us to fabricate parts to order also helps us avoid stocking costs—so the prices are actually quite affordable.”