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petrie141

How to open electric engine hatch without battery?

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petrie141

(boat info 99 vlx sunsetter)

Our battery is located underneath the engine hatch cover on the port side. I have a fear that one day the battery will fail not letting me open the engine hatch cover. Does anyone know if there's a way to open an electric hatch without the battery? I do see that there are hinges on the back side of the hatch with quick release pins, but I'm not sure if taking those out would help or not. And before someone says it, yes, we will eventually relocate the battery. Probably the next time its in the shop, I'll just have them do that as well. Thanks for any help in advance!

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MalibuAdam

You can just lift them open like any other cover, they're just really heavy because there's no gas strut to help them open

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shawndoggy

You can just lift them open like any other cover, they're just really heavy because there's no gas strut to help them open

But don't you have to get inside and disconnect the actuator first?

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Mjlee1985

The hatch when the electric actuator is not hooked up isn't bad at all to lift.. Mine was disconnected when I bought my boat. I was on the highway when it caught air and flew back very close to ripping all hinges out and going into traffic... Got home and hooked up the actuator! I do think that if the battery galled my first attempted would be to remove the pins from the hinges on the back of the boat and lift enough to get the pin out of the actuator or a jump cable onto the battery..

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dlowry81

Get rid of actuator and install gas shocks like many of us have done. Problem solved and much quicker access to storage.

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mnhays

you take off the back of it by the transom there's 2 hooks..it pivots on the actuator enough that it's easy enough to get into it and access the back. I relocated my battery though for the 750s to fit better in the locker anyway so now I don't have to worry about that.

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petrie141

Thanks, y'all! This is why I like this forum! It would be nice to have a manual hatch. I might look into converting it.

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jtrezon

Not sure if all '99 VLX models have this, but I have an aux. + (positive) battery terminal mounted under the back seat next to the V-drive. It is there primarily for jumper cables, but I use it every winter when I remove the battery to close the hatch after I stash things back there....ropes, vests, tools, etc. If anything it just makes it a little harder for a thief.

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needaspeed

My 99 has the pos terminal umder the back seat. Where would you put the neg? Just ground to the block?

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Faceplant409

You could easily manhandle a charger into an (cig lighter) accessory port and lightly charge from there. Just enough to get the hatch open...

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jtrezon

My 99 has the pos terminal umder the back seat. Where would you put the neg? Just ground to the block?

I use a bolt on top of the transmission that is easy to get to.

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mnhays

My 99 has the pos terminal umder the back seat. Where would you put the neg? Just ground to the block?

That's what the block's there for! :D anywhere that's got an easy clamp point such as nut heads as posted

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