Actuators found on boats are used in many ways but one of the most common is automating an engine hatch. Engine hatches are obviously a very important part of the boat, protecting the engine from any unwanted materials as well as providing easy access to the engine if you need to make some adjustments.
Engine hatches can be very heavy, some even taking more than 3 grown men to lift. You can see how this could be potentially dangerous for someone trying to get to the engine in a hurry or during a rough patch of weather. An actuator is the perfect solution for a safer and easier way to get to your engine. It is also a cleaner and cheaper alternative to traditional hydraulic and pneumatic models.
For a job like that you would want our PA-03 units, ideal for not just hatch automation but boat doors, platforms and interior automation as well. The stroke length ranges anywhere from 1-60 inches and is capable of supporting 200-400 lbs of force. It also has an IP rating of 54 which protects against water sprayed from all directions, a must have when on the ocean.
Couple our PA-03s with one of our handy control boxes and remotes, most likely a DC powered option that offers simultaneous function such as our PA-25, and then opening and closing your engine hatch will be as simple the press of a button.
How to Find the Actuator for The Job
The hardest part of the project will be finding the right kind of actuator for your job. Engine hatches come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s best to start by determining how much force your actuator will need to push. Most people can ballpark this portion, but make sure you’re not cutting it close.
Once you have an idea of the force, you’ll narrow down your options.
The next step is to the find the stroke length. First, measure the distance from where your actuator will be mounted on the boat to where it will be mounted on the hatch. Do this while the hatch is closed. Once you have that measurement, open the hatch. Then take the measurement again from the mount on the boat and the mount on the hatch. If you subtract these two numbers, you’ll have the length of the stroke you need.
Your actuator choice should be significantly smaller now. If you have any additional questions, you can feel free to contact us. We have engineers ready to answer all of your questions and concerns.