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Forehatch

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Andrew Curry says:

Hi Folks

Any ideas on the best way to treat the forehatch crazing that is all to common on the Achilles. I know is only comstic but does not look good.
1:34PM, 13 April 2009 PDT (permalink)

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pjbharrison says:

Hi Andrew
I was hoping someone would answer your query as I have the same problem. Might have to make a mould and make a new one - A challenge for next winter, I think!
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Skykomish E29 says:

Do you have a picture Andrew? Surely if it is normal gelcoat crazing it is treated in the usual manner of chasing out the cracks with a fine dremmel type tool with small cone shaped grinding head, so that the crack forms a "V" profile then fill with gel coat filler . Getting the finished colour match is the real problem.
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Andrew Curry says:

No its not cracks. Just the same as any other Achilles with the clear gelcoat on the forehatch which over time starts to look bad. Think i might have to be either deck paint or a nice patch or treadmaster. As you say colour match could be a problem.
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Amrum 9171Y says:

My hatch had been painted when I bought the boat, so I've just repainted it when I did the decks. It's a little darker below in the forecabin than if left unpainted, perhaps, but I think lit ooks much better from outside!
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busy home [deleted] says:

Cut it right out and cover with perspex like what I did!
Reinforce with glassed in batten .. Pic s on here some where
Lets a lot more light in,
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Skykomish E29 says:

you know i always thought that it was meant to look like that as it ressembled glass matting. I just assumed that it was intentionally made that way as a cheap way of allowing in light without the expense/ added potential for leaks that fitting perspex would have meant.
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busy home [deleted] says:

Ive never seen a clear one ,, I thought they just left the pigment out !
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Andrew Curry says:

If possible could you post a few more pics of the finished hatch.
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Daddsie says:

As Chille says, just coat up without any pigment
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rogerbrownlie says:

My hatch blew off in a gale last night... Any ideas how to acquire another? Or find a mold? Or make a mold? Help!
29 months ago (permalink)

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