Originally Posted by mdskier
Jeff d, how did you get the hatch open if the actuator failed? I have always worried about mine failing ('99 Maristar) and having to get in to the hatch to replace it.
To open the hatch after acutator failure, take it apart at the hinges...I don't know what Mastercraft originally had back there (rivets, I think - they were drilled out) but I now have machine screws attaching the hinge to the boat, they are not very easy to remove, but definitely doable.
I will probably try to replace these with the pull-pins similar to what is securing your swim platform.