Does anyone know where to get replacement latches for the lid of the anchor
locker? Ours has two recessed square drive latches (that open with a
tapered square drive key) & one is broken. Our companionway stairs use the
same latches too, and one of those is broken.
We sent a fax to C&N, but they do not think replacement parts are available
anymore. (They called them "Budget" latches in their fax.)
Does anyone know of a source (U.S. or elsewhere) for these latches? In
addition to replacing the ones that are broken, we thought they would be
useful for locking down the bilgeboards when we (someday) go on an extended
If anyone has replaced their latches with something else, we'd be interested
in hearing about it, what you used and how it's worked out.
Our boat, by the way, is still up in Massachusetts. Still working on
her....had a bit of a scare two weeks ago, though. The yard launched the
boat on a Thursday, and on Friday someone noticed she was sitting rather low
in the water. The yard checked the cabin and discovered several inches of
water above the cabin sole. The problem was a brass fitting installed below
the water line that (not surprisingly) failed. It was on the salt water
foot pump in the galley which was plumbed into the engine water intake
line. The yard was working on the engine and the seacock was left open when
the boat was launched...and the fitting gave up the ghost.
We were lucky someone noticed there was a problem. The brass fitting was
pretty well-hidden; The surveyor had missed it (and so had we!) and the
boat did not yet have an automatic bilge pump on board. In fact, the day
the yard called with news of the near-sinking, our new pump arrived from
West Marine via UPS. Luckily there was no damage, just a few warped
bilgeboards. It was tougher mentally - we kicked our selves a few times for
missing the brass fitting, and eyed everything below the water line with
renewed suspicion. In retrospect, it was probably a blessing in disguise
that it happened right after the launching (and not at 2 am halfway between
MA and NY!)
But we're getting there! Would have gone for a sail last weekend, but there
wasn't a breath of wind, so we contented ourselves with motoring around.
Hopefully, this weekend....
Stephen & Mary
C/N 35 "Levity"