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Achilles 9 Leaking Windows

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Yimkin dzp says:

I have an Achilles 9, sail no.60, called 'Yimkin' (ex SaraJane). She is in Neyland Marina. I need to replace the windows and I am looking for advice on where I can find a workshop in SW Wales that can supply new windows cut to size and drilled for fastenings using the old windows as a templates.
Also I am looking for an improvement on self taping screws for fastenings. Anybody renewed, upgraded their windows on a 9 or 24?
3:09PM, 23 January 2013 PDT (permalink)

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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

Look at the links below:
www.achillesyachts.co.uk/page7.html
to previos discussions on this topic.
I don't know of any supplier is wales that does what you ask. there are several mail order firms.
Norman
79 months ago (permalink)

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Super Snoopy 050 says:

I replaced the original crazed and ultimitely cracked perspex windows on No 50 a couple of years ago. The old ones were wasters to remove and the Sikaflex or whatever, needed a sharp chisel and a lot of time to completely clear.

I'd had previous on an A24 of bedding new windows on Sikaflex and was anxious to avoid a similar experience, so screwed the new A9M windows onto expanded neoprene.

I got the windows locally from A I Plastics in Newport - profiled, flame edged and drilled to pattern for £72 each. The 3mm self adhesive black neoprene was from RH Nuttall of Nechells Green, Birmingham for about £20. They were fitted with brass captive nuts and stainless steel machine screws (I know - dissimilar metals but no corrosion so far) from RS components. Dodgy photo of the fittings uploaded to group.
79 months ago (permalink)

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Red Marlin says:

In the 22 years I have had my 9 metre I have replaced the windows 3 times. Twice I just replaced as original and both times had leaks (not bad but small leaks can be more irritating than big ones). And both times had a crack form between screws. Last time I had them fitted in Marmaris, did not fit them myself but watched the fitter do it. He did not use screws but sealant, did a thorough job of cleaning and fitted spacers and then spread sealant and placed wedges outside to hold them in place. He came back a week later to remove the props. They look a lot better and 4 years later still have no leaks. Did get buried in sea water once (another story) - no problem.
79 months ago (permalink)

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Skykomish E29 says:

I understand from Eagle Windows that you have to drill the screw holes "oversize" to allow for expansion and contraction of the perspex otherwise they will crack.
79 months ago (permalink)

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Daddsie says:

Did Rumrunners (047) two years ago. Had them cut to size, added coloured film and offered up to the unscrewed original fixings. Sikkaflexxed in and then drilled out and re fixed old screws. Has not leaked since.
79 months ago (permalink)

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Yimkin dzp says:

Many thanks for all the info. I should have searched the site more thoroughly. I plead first posting.
At the moment I have sealed the leaks with Gorilla tape (which works fine as a temporary seal) but I guess I have to bite the bullet and do a proper job. These projects always appear straight forward until you hear the truth from others who have actually done the job!
I'm proposing to go much the same route as Super Snoopy but bedding on the tape that Eagle windows supply.
79 months ago (permalink)

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Red Marlin says:

I did not drill the holes oversize so that was probably where I went wrong Malcolm.
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

It is recommended to use a low modulus sealant to allow for movement of the joint. I find using neprane tape (sticky on one side) is better than sealant - No mess. I just use some sealent on the bolt holes since water can otherwise penetrate on the threads. Details (with pictures) of my procedure can be found here:
www.flickr.com/groups/achilles24/discuss/72157623136994756/
79 months ago (permalink)

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