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Goiot Escape Hatch 49.42 Recall Alert!

goiot hatch recallIn late 2018, one of our Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 owners alerted us that the 49.42 Goiot escape hatches, used on the Helia 44 specifically (but possibly other models), are defective and should be repaired. Following the loss of a boat from an escape hatch failure, we are concerned that this issue has been communicated to all owners, so we decided to put this alert out. Please be so kind and pass this on to fellow boat owners!

2020 UPDATE: Fresh information from Goiot and affected manufacturers, Bali, FP, Lagoon, and Nautitech with remedies is included in this article, keep reading.

Affected catamaran brand owners should take precautions to identify and make reparations if your boat is outfitted with a Goiot escape hatch 49.42. The issue is with the acrylic lens popping out, leaving a hole in your vessel near the waterline.

Discussions on sailing forums indicate the culprit is the silicone used to install the hatch. The silicone does not adhere well to the lens and it eventually pops out.

We reported this escape hatch failure in 2018, more than a year before Goiot and the manufacturers could complete their investigation and set up remedy processes. So we are now in early 2020 updating this article with the new information. 

On February 6, 2020, Goiot published a press release indicating it had coordinated with the catamaran manufacturers to communicate and offer remedies to their owners. The following resources are available to catamaran owners by brand:

 

Our Original 2018 Article with DIY Solutions

As far as we know, Fountaine Pajot has been contacting owners of their vessels equipped with the Goiot 49.42 escape hatches, but we urge owners to evaluate your hatch's safety even if you were not contacted. Here is the procedure you can use to verify if your Goiot 49.42 escape hatch is a leak risk. If you find that you have a problem, contact Fountaine Pajot Customer Service who will provide you with the appropriate remedy recommended by Goiot.

A couple of Cruiser's Forum threads offer fairly simple DIY fixes to prevent the lens from exiting including one solution from FP's Customer Service Manager. See:

goiot escape hatch dimensions

 

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I've read about a similar recall for Lagoon 450S escape hatches. Can you verify and indicate which models are affected?

Thanks,
Mark

Mark Resman
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Hi, Mark. We are sharing information from the manufacturer of the hatch. For details about the hatch and what catamaran models might be affected, please contact Goiot. We also recommend contacting the boat manufacturer.

Catamaran Guru™
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The photo shows a Lagoon 450 escape hatch, but it is not the Goiot 49.42 escape hatch you discuss. Confusing!

Mark Resman
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Thank you for letting us know. We have replaced the image in the article.

Catamaran Guru™
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Nautitech have just issued a warning about this to Open 40 owners, November 2019. (Mine in a late 2017 model)

Simon
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Thanks, Simon, for letting us and our readers know! We encourage all owners of any brand of catamaran to contact their manufacturer to find out the model used in the build of their boat.

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