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entry hatch slider

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  1. b crites

    b crites

    Joined Apr 3, 2016
    12 posts, 1 likes
    hunter 34
    us guntersville alabama
    Must replace my entry hatch lexan slider. Any ideas where to purchase , or have cut to size? Hunter 34. 1984.

  2. agprice22


    Joined Aug 3, 2012
    2,258 posts, 501 likes
    Performance Cruising Telstar 28
    US Watkins Glen
    I buy all my plexi from Interstate Plastics online. Otherwise, any local sign shop can get you any size, and you may even save a delivery charge if you have a vehicle to pick it up. I have gotten up to 8’x4’x1/2” delivered from IP, and 10’x4’x1/4” via pickup from my local sign shop.

  3. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    8,109 posts, 3,330 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Tap Plastic’s up here in the Pacific NW.
    but you will need to drill your own mounting holes.
    While the boat is a Hunter, the part manufacturers of the hatch was likely someone else. Any names engraved on the hatch?
    Taking the hatch out and too a plastic’s shop I think would be the easiest deal. .

  4. Gene Neill

    Gene Neill

    Joined Sep 30, 2013
    2,664 posts, 1,227 likes
    C-22, Albin Vega
    US central Florida
  5. agprice22


    Joined Aug 3, 2012
    2,258 posts, 501 likes
    Performance Cruising Telstar 28
    US Watkins Glen
    Oh, and you can cut it on a table saw. If you do cut it, do not remove the mask before cutting. Or you can have the shop cut it. However, you may pay for a stock size larger than your hatch because the shop probably cannot sell the leftovers. Ask if that is the case, and ask to keep the leftovers. They are not better the next day, but they will not spoil like most leftovers.

  6. Ron20324


    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    6,707 posts, 798 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Annapolis MD
    A few years ago someone placed a newspaper ad, giving away a basketball pole and backboard. I thought about getting it and trash the metal stuff and keeping the clear (Lexan?) backboard. But, I waited too long and it ws gone. Since then, I have been thinking if I needed a new slider, I'd price a backboard. That's my -2 cents worth.

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  7. Stroke2017


    Joined Apr 18, 2017
    7 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 26.5
    US Brick, New Jersey
    Don’t know any place but here, the Hunter Parts store on this site sold me mine, it’s the correct size, all I need to do is drill the holes...and was reasonably priced, much cheaper than the online stores I visited to get a blank cut sheet...

  8. Project_Mayhem


    Joined Sep 24, 2018
    113 posts, 22 likes
    O'Day 25
    US Waukegan
    I've done this in the past. The slower you go the less chipping occurs on the edge. Routers are supposed to work better. I've also heard of people turning their saw blade around to get cleaner cuts. It's supposed to melt the plastic a bit instead of relying solely on mechanical cutting/chipping

    Petersen plastics in Chicago is another source thats been recommended to me by many people. They're DIY friendly. Getting a quote was straightforward. I ended up not going through with it as I am selling the boat.

  9. burtj


    Joined Jan 6, 2016
    1 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Brisbane, CA
    I replaced all my fixed windows. Ordered sheet Lexan from Grainger, which was shipped to the local store for free. I cut it using a cutoff wheel in a die grinder and a jigsaw with a metal cutting blade. As a previous poster mentioned, the plastic tends to melt as you cut, so you have to go slowly and sand the edges when you're done. Material was available in a wide range of colors, thicknesses, and sheet sizes.

  10. Tom Carroll

    Tom Carroll

    Joined Feb 5, 2018
    9 posts, 1 likes
    Hunter 23.5
    Obsession Un Florida City
    954-568-2002 Cesany I bought a new lexan slider from Cesany Plastics in Oakland Park FL. Gave Alan the dimensions off the Hunter 23.5 and he offered different edge finish options after selecting the tint I wanted, I drilled the holes to match the teak handles. No more leaks!

  11. Capt Robbie

    Capt Robbie

    Joined Jan 24, 2017
    319 posts, 111 likes
    Hunter 34
    Us Red Bank NJ
    B crites
    Tap plastics will manufacture anything you need.
    Where ever you have it made try to have them cut a grove/ Chanel in the top side of the hatch. Make the Grove/Chanel about 1-1/4 inches wide and approximately 1/8 inch deep along the back edge of the hatch. Try to keep the grove/Chanel about 1 inch from the back edge of the hatch. Then make another 1/4 inch grove/ Chanel about 1/8 inch deep all along the under side of the hatch on all three sides. Right, left, and the back.

    This will correct Hunter's design flaw regarding water infiltration during heavy rains. The grove/Chanel on the top will Chanel most of the water off the hatch that will be concealed under the decking hood. The bottom Chanel will not allow any run off to enter the cabin because the water would then have to run uphill.

    Hope this helps.

    Capt. Robbie,

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