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Skykomish E29 says:

We are looking at replacing our cabin windows and have found this company really helpful for advice regarding fitting, and the correct sealant to use. They will cut and drill windows to order and supply a very neat tape that you put on the inside of the acrylic window, between the apertures to stop the sealant ouzing down the inside in an unsightly mess. I am awaiting a quote from them for the two main window panels in Blue / Grey acrylic.
www.eagleboatwindows.co.uk
7:52AM, 24 September 2008 PDT (permalink)

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santalars says:

Would you please let me know how much they want to charge for the windows, as I might be interested too. Thanks
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Skykomish E29 says:

Quote for Achilles 24 windows
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Cymro09 says:

2 years ago I cleaned up and resealed the windows on Cymro my 9m triple keel using Sikaflex or similar. I managed to replace all the self-tappers ok except about 4 which had stripped their threads but I drilled out the acrylic by 1mm and upsized the screws where needed. Sadly the sealant is leaking again by one of the winows over the galley (too mean with the sealant!). I can probably just inject a bit more sealant where the leak is, but for peace of mind at sea I'd like tp put a s/s section surround to neaten the edges and provide extra protection. Has anyone tried this?
100 months ago (permalink)

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farmer boy says:

I bought my new windows from the same guy - he does a good job but I have since realised that the acrylic is quite cheap and very easy to cut with a decent jigsaw (thats how he does it) and easy to drill using the old window as a template. the edges are just scraped with a steel rule (or other cabinet scraper type thing) and lovely shavings come off leaving a wonderful smooth edge. - I think the cost of materials will be less than £50 so if you have the old window to use as a template I think I would do it myself and save money.

....also these people seem cheaper... www.theplasticpeople.co.uk

I used some tape called scapa tape (www.scapa.com/en/FoamDoubleSided) as recommended by Neil... he says it works well....

ps - I re-fitted the old screws after epoxy filling the old holes and re-drilling but I think I would use new machine screws with the captive bolts if I were to do it again...(the sort you use an allen key to tighten)

pps oh, and the screw holes were drilled over size so it can expand...
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rothwell_neil says:

I looked at doing this but couldn't get a part sheet and a full sheet was £100. then there was the problem of handling a 2*1.5M sheet in the car and then again finding a work bench big enough to put it on to cut with a jigsaw. I found a local display company that would sell me a sheet and would cut it in straight lines but as the window is curved would still have had to trim to fit properly. Bit of a pain all round. Local window company cut me the first one for £40 from scrap they had but wasn't prepared to do another unless I bought the whole sheet myself. Think it may be worth ringing round local window companies, or didn't Ron have a cheap place down south, could sail down to pick them up!
100 months ago (permalink)

busy home [deleted] says:

Trade supplier ,, All cut and smoothed £40 each
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

All the advice seems to be not to use Silcalfex but a Low Modulus sealant which can flex to allow the boat and window to move relative to each other. Alternatively use neoprane tape which does a similar job. See the other links for previous discussions on 'Windows' on the following page:
www.achillesyachts.co.uk/page7.html
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

BTW welcome to the site!
100 months ago (permalink)

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rothwell_neil says:

Eagle recommend the Arbomast BR butyl Rubber sealant around the outside 6mm and 3mm neoprene foam tape inside of that. I just went with the tape and no leaks to date. the butyl rubber is grey although I believe you can get black. The butyl doesn't harden and stays flexible, told me to screw down gently and then this would work well once skinned.
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Snow Goose Tim says:

I would strongly advice sikaflex with the correct primers. Mine are glued with sika only no screw at all. I then masked upto the edge of the window and around the window about 5 mm away, this seam was primed then filled with sika and smothed off leaving a nice cove. I have had no leaks whatsoever as yet. (touch wood) Sikaflex is designed to flex with the boat thats all we use to fix windows in the large yachts.
100 months ago (permalink)

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