How To Choose the Right Latches and Hinges for Your Boat

Like most boat owners, you plan to keep your vessel for a long time, which means both practicing good boat management and keeping it looking sharp. But that doesn’t mean you should focus only on the visible parts. Instead, know that even the smallest pieces of marine hardware, like latches and hinges, should be chosen with both performance and appearance in mind.

When it comes time to replace these latches and hinges, you may wonder how to choose the right ones for your boat. Here are some tips for getting high-quality parts that will do their job and look good. 

Look for Stainless Steel

The best hinges are made with stainless steel. After all, your boat will constantly be at risk of exposure to water and the corrosive elements associated with it. This is only worsened if you live near the coast, where more salt is in the air. Fortunately, the chromium oxide layer on stainless steel makes it rust-resistant. 

On top of this, stainless steel is easy to clean, so you can have your boat looking great in no time. That is a reason to go with stainless steel latches as well. 

Try Friction Hinges

This type of hinge can help prevent lids, doors, and hatches from snapping shut. That is because they use friction to hold any of these open at your desired angle. For example, your bait box may come with these to allow you to prop the lid halfway open for easy access and minimal risk of closing your fingers in the lid. 

Always Go for an Electropolish Finish

Stainless steel can have an added layer of protection when it undergoes the electropolishing process. The metal will come out of the process smoother, mirrored, and more corrosion-resistant than standard stainless steel. You can find a lot of different types of hinges with this feature, including friction hinges. 

Choosing the right latches and hinges for your boat can seem like a challenging task at first. However, by following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to picking out the perfect ones. 

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