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Build Your Own Boat Door

When searching online for replacement boat parts for your boat, it is easy to find yourself lost in a sea of options (none of which really are what you’re looking for). Traditionally, people looking to retrofit an OEM quality replacement boat door must either revert to building it themselves or working with a local plastics fabricator. While a local plastics shop can sometimes get the job done, it is generally a long process as they must order the marine grade material, figure out the general marine design engineering and assemble a part they have never built before. The result is an overpriced door built by fabricators inexperienced with marine products.

Not Anymore! Now, the same guys who over 200 boat builders trust to build their parts can knock you out a custom boat door in a matter of days at a very fair price. Build your Own Boat Door is a simple product page that enables an individual to create their exact door in less than 5 minutes!

We offer two main types of access doors to choose from:

Starboard and Acrylic Door - Boat Outfitters

Starboard Access Doors are our most popular option as they are the most durable and cost effective. They also are the easiest to install with predrilled face mounting holes.

Aluminum Framed Access Doors are available with either Starboard or Acrylic door faces. They offer a very low profile, hidden fastener look that is aesthetically pleasing.

How to build your own door:

When designing your replacement door it is first important to understand there are 3 critical dimensions:

  • Your Outside Dimensions – The length and width measurements of the outside of the frame
  • Your Hole Cutout – The hole cutout that the door will install into
  • Pass Through Dimensions – the opening size the door will create (important only if you know you need to fit something through the door)

Step 1: Specify your outside dimensions – For customers trying to fit an existing hole cutout, the outside dimensions will be 1.75” larger for a starboard door & 1” larger for an aluminum framed door. As you type in your outside dimensions, your hole cutout and pass through dims will display above. See Highlight Below:

Build Your Own - Dims

Step 2: Select your Color – Doors are available in 5 different colors – White/White, Arctic White, Seafoam, Black, & Dolphin Gray (Starboard Only).

King Starboard Colors - Boat Outfitters

Step 3: Select your Latch – Choose among white plastic, black plastic, & stainless steel flush latches. All are available either locking or non-locking. Locking and Stainless options are subject to an up charge.

Marine Latches - Boat OutfittersStep 4: Select your other specifications– Lastly you can choose among a variety of additional features to further customize your door. For Starboard doors, you can select to add an integrated seal (standard for aluminum framed doors). On Starboard doors, you can also select to either have your face mounting holes predrilled or to take care of that yourself (Aluminum framed doors are all predrilled for inside flange mounting). You can also add vented louvers to either style door to add some ventilation to your storage area.

Click Get Price and Order! Starboard doors generally ship within 2-3 days. Aluminum Framed doors take a little longer (4-5 days) because they must be custom bent and powder coated.

Build Your Own - Priced

Any questions? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help!

Tef-Gel Corrosion Eliminator

Tef-Gel Corrosion Eliminator Most experienced do-it-yourself boat owners have likely run in to issues with galvanic corrosion. Also known as dissimilar metal corrosion, galvanic corrosion occurs when two or more metals in contact which each other oxidize and corrode.

Galvanic Corrosion

The obvious way to avoid galvanic corrosion is to avoid adjoining dissimilar metals when possible. While this is great in theory, it frequently is not the practical option. Often different component parts are most easily fabricated from different metals. For example, door frames are generally manufactured from aluminum extrusion while fasteners, hinges & latches are often stainless steel. Price and availability of materials often force boaters to find an alternative solution.

With 30+ years in the business of building boat parts, the best alternative solution we have found is Tef-Gel Corrosion Eliminator

Tef-Gel Corrosion Eliminator In the last 10+ years, we have shipped over 10,000 framed doors with stainless steel screws fastened in to aluminum powder coated frames. Every aluminum framed door we fabricated gets Tef-Gel on all stainless steel screws.

We simply have not had any significant warranty issues due to galvanic corrosion. We have had well less than a 1% return rate and these doors are used on thousands of boats worldwide.

 

How to use Tef-Gel:

How to Use Tef-Gel Corrosion Eliminator

To apply Tef-Gel, simply add a small dab on to the mounting hole before you apply the dissimilar fastener. Tef-Gel acts as a buffer between the two materials helping to avoid corrosion and costly repairs. Besides helping to prevent galvanic corrosion, Tef-Gel also helps prevent seizing and galling of metals. This is critical for any applications that might require disassembly or removing screws & bolts in the future.

Be sure to check out the Tef-Gel Corrosion Eliminator product page on Boat Outfitters to order yours today!