Fishing & Boating News


by: Martin Flory Group,

BlueSky electric sliding hatch
Photo by Martin Flory Group
(Feb 15, 2016 - Miami, FL)

Webasto, one of the largest suppliers of heating, cooling and ventilation systems to the marine industry, introduces the new BlueSky electric sliding hatch. It will be on display in Webasto booth E546 at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show. Owners of smaller hardtop boats can now enjoy the fresh air and sunshine that a modern electric sliding hatch provides.

"We are excited to add the BlueSky to our family of marine sunroofs, as it broadens the range of boats that we can put our products on," said David Wollard, director marine division, Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America. "It's perfect for boats 25' or larger, and is built to the same high quality standards that our other large yacht sunroofs are known for."

With the simple touch of a button, the BlueSky hatch will tilt and slide, and open smoothly and quietly to the desired position. When closed, the BlueSky is completely watertight and secure for safety. Measuring 58.6" L x 31.9" W, it is a direct (drop-in) upgrade replacement for the industry's most common hatch designs.

The BlueSky provides a clean, modern look with a contoured black anodized frame. Dual dark screen-printed acrylic panels insulate from glaring heat. On the interior, the finished aluminum silver trim accents any boat's décor. Rugged stainless steel brackets support the hidden 12 VDC drive mechanism. In case of a loss of power, the hatch has a manual override system.

Delivered as a complete, plug-and-play system, it offers a quick and straightforward installation. Suggested list price is $2,083.
Webasto's BlueSky electric sliding hatch was installed for the first time in the new Contender 35 ST sportfishing boat. Contender has redefined what a sportfishing boat can be, and the Contender 35 continues to dominate the offshore scene.

Not only does the BlueSky add to this boat's unique style, and ventilation, but it instantly adds an elevated fishing or guiding space by stepping onto the console and utilizing the hatch's opening. This provides an increase in long-distance visibility without adding height to the boat, still allowing for clearance under most bridges.

"The electric functionality of the BlueSky is key for our customers. We usually see manually operated hatches for our size boats, so this really adds a level of sophistication that they don't usually see," said Robert Desantis, mechanical engineer at Contender Boats.

"Having a fully sealed product is also a huge selling point for us. There is no need for an additional external lip, which cuts down installation time and keeps the appearance of the roof clean," he continued. The Contender 35 ST with Webasto's BlueSky electric sliding hatch will be in booth B121 at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show.

Contact Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America, Inc. 15083 North Rd., Fenton, MI 48430. 800-215-7010.