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Cabin door handle?

Hey guys, do any of you have a hard time opening the cabin door? Ever since we purchased this FV 290 the cabin door has been pretty hard to open and close, takes a bit of effort, not bad for me and I honestly don't think it is so bad, but the admiral complaints about it all the time lol

I am thinking about installing handles on both sides (inside and outside the cabin). Any ideas? I was looking at this, but not sure how it will look:

https://www.boatoutfitters.com/stainless-steel-grab-handle-6-80

I believe this would make it easier to open/close. Thoughts?

Thank you!

Bert

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    YYZRCYYZRC Member Posts: 4,995 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Can’t install a handle like that on the 330 or the door wouldn’t open all the way. Is yours different?


    2008 350 EC on Georgian Bay
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    Aqua_AuraAqua_Aura Member Posts: 2,587 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Have you checked the track to make sure it's cleaned and maybe lubricate some areas? I know we've had this discussion on here somewhere before about sticky doors. 
    1997 Bayliner 3988
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    LaReaLaRea Member, Moderator Posts: 7,627 mod
    Do you have a screen door?  On mine, a grab handle on the inside would hit the screen door.  

    They do get hard to slide.  Try spraying the slides with silicone spray or WD-40.  It will help a lot, although you have to reapply every month or two.  
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    YYZRCYYZRC Member Posts: 4,995 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I spent 20 minutes with the hose and degreaser cleaning the track. Once finished I used silicone spray to lubricate the trucks. My door works too well now!
    2008 350 EC on Georgian Bay
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    bert_floridabert_florida Member Posts: 69
    @YYZRC good point, didn't think of that lol. I am sure it will sacrifice opening a bit, but if it makes the wife happy, I am happy.

    Good points all of you, the track is not so nice, I guess the previous owners used "grease", which is the dumbest thing to do, just not easy to clean to be honest because unless I take half the helm apart I can't get to most of the track, I will try cleaning it more and then using some good old WD40 to see if that helps.

    LaRea I don't have a screen door, so that wouldn't be an issue, but you guys are all right, I am going to try to use some WD40 or something else, just cleaning the tracks is a PITA!

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    YYZRCYYZRC Member Posts: 4,995 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The hose worked wonders for me. No manual scrubbing. 

    The handle would work until you need to replace the fridge - then the handle would have to come off to get it through the door!!
    2008 350 EC on Georgian Bay
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    bert_floridabert_florida Member Posts: 69
    YYZRC said:
    The hose worked wonders for me. No manual scrubbing. 

    The handle would work until you need to replace the fridge - then the handle would have to come off to get it through the door!!
    Good point about the fridge!
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    Handymans342Handymans342 Member Posts: 10,375 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Silicone top and bottom tracks
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    WillhoundWillhound Member Posts: 4,190 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yeah, I use silicone spray for practically everything now. Once the carrier dries it stays in place and doesn't collect dirt and dust.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270 (Sold)
    2018 Cherokee 39RL Land Yacht (Sorry...)
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    bert_floridabert_florida Member Posts: 69
    Our tracks are a disaster, I am sure the previous owner used grease so we just keep cleaning and cleaning and cleaning crap out of them and it is not easy to open or close. Unfortunately you can't reach the "inside" of the tracks unless you take half the boat apart.
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    YYZRCYYZRC Member Posts: 4,995 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2020
    Our tracks are a disaster, I am sure the previous owner used grease so we just keep cleaning and cleaning and cleaning crap out of them and it is not easy to open or close. Unfortunately you can't reach the "inside" of the tracks unless you take half the boat apart.
    Trust me. You don’t need to disassemble anything. Mine were gross too! Copious degreaser and then high pressure garden hose. 
    2008 350 EC on Georgian Bay
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    reneechris14reneechris14 Member Posts: 3,134 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Don't  drill that door if you crack it. It's the most expensive thing on the boat. Just keep cleaning it, maybe a brush and some degreaser. 
    2005 Rinker FV342  Pawcatuck river,Ct
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    bert_floridabert_florida Member Posts: 69
    Thank you guys. Good tips. Didn’t think about potentially cracking the door, seems like the material might crack after looking at it closer. 
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    WillhoundWillhound Member Posts: 4,190 ✭✭✭✭✭
    And trust me, youvdobt want to break that door. They're rarer than hens teeth.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270 (Sold)
    2018 Cherokee 39RL Land Yacht (Sorry...)
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