Fore Hatch – a warning

Well its not really a warning about the hatch but more about inaction.

We had the fore-hatch refurbished probably two years ago and we installed it in the new deck in September 2017.

This was the original – it had a series of early solar panels sandwiched between two layers of perspex – they didn’t work!

So we had it refurbished.

When you buy Perspex/Acrylic it comes with a protective film on each face.  When I installed the hatch I removed the interior sheet but left the exterior one in place as a protection.  Now this did protect the surface from a few blobs of resin dropped on the hatch which is good.  However………

Over time the UV attacks the film and makes it brittle and difficult to remove.  Instead of peeling off nicely in one sheet it breaks up into tiny pieces which don’t want to come off.

Eventually after much work (see video) the hatch was sparkling.

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Anne Marie (aka Mike Stephens)

I am a well traveled, globe-trotting vessel with great lines. I am told I give a comfortable ride for my years. Although a little worn out I am looking forward to getting back onto the water after a full service.

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