Lighten Up the Cabin


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These work great.


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was this home made or commercial, and can you give me a link to those hinges? The look to be an offset type since the plate sort of fits inside the track.


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The hinges are a two piece design, and they come apart by gentle pressure upwards. That way the whole door can be removed for, well, whatever. The offset is achieved by the small plexi block you can see behind the hinge piece on the door, thereby setting the hatch back into the slots. Every bit of it is built with 1/2" tinted acrylic, and those four hinges. Look closely at how those hinges are offset by those blocks, it's really very simple.

Oh yeah, Fisheries Supply carries those hinges.

One more thing. To get that edge, sand them down very smoothly, I mean slick. Then run the flame from a propane torch back and forth very quickly and you end up with that polished edge.
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Loren Beach

O34 - Portland, OR
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Update. The Olson that started this thread is now racing and cruising in my fair city. And just last week a dock neighbor replaced the OEM smoked plastic clear sliding hatch on his pristine C&C 99, with a new piece of light smoke tint plastic (probably acrylic, but I did not ask). Looks terrific, and he's delighted not have a UV-damaged and scratched lens to look thru anymore.

We have thought about replacing our home-made one piece composite hatch board with a clear one or better yet a hinged two piece one. Too many other things on our "list" for now, but it's getting closer. More light on a rainy day would be really nice. :)
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Christian Williams

E381 - Los Angeles
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I've been pleased with my new acrylic on all hatches and opening ports. The 38 has a radius on the sliding hatch, heat-forming described here:

The one-piece hatchboard has been a success for offshore, and the storage works well.



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So far I've been happy with my 4 piece acrylic dropboards. They're all interchangeable with the teak ones so they can be mixed and matched. Had leftover acrylic from the hatches. Cut with a router. Used teak u-channel for the edges. They stow easily with the wooden ones. Sure brightened up this rainy day.