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  1. b crites

    b crites

    Joined Apr 3, 2016
    14 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

    agprice22

    Joined Aug 3, 2012
    2,293 posts, 533 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

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    8,748 posts, 3,746 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
    2,735 posts, 1,304 likes
    C-22, Albin Vega
    US central Florida
  5. agprice22

    agprice22

    Joined Aug 3, 2012
    2,293 posts, 533 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

    Ron20324

    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    6,785 posts, 833 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

    Stroke2017

    Joined Apr 18, 2017
    12 posts, 1 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

    Project_Mayhem

    Joined Sep 24, 2018
    231 posts, 50 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

    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
    354 posts, 132 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,
     


  12. Stroke2017

    Stroke2017

    Joined Apr 18, 2017
    12 posts, 1 likes
    Hunter 26.5
    US Brick, New Jersey

    Any idea how I can do this myself? Already have the hatch as I said on here...
     


  13. agprice22

    agprice22

    Joined Aug 3, 2012
    2,293 posts, 533 likes
    Performance Cruising Telstar 28
    US Watkins Glen
    You can cut a channel with a router. Set up a guide, so you cannot exit the area you intend to route. For 1/8” deep, you can make a single pass. If your channel is more than 1/4” deep, set your router to make multiple passes.
    You could also use a table saw if the channels run all the way to the edge. That would require a Dado, so you do not have to make mutiple passes.
     


  14. Stroke2017

    Stroke2017

    Joined Apr 18, 2017
    12 posts, 1 likes
    Hunter 26.5
    US Brick, New Jersey
    The 1/4” groove/channel on the bottom is how far from the edges? Left, Right and Rear...
     


  15. Capt Robbie

    Capt Robbie

    Joined Jan 24, 2017
    354 posts, 132 likes
    Hunter 34
    Us Red Bank NJ
    I don't remember exactly, I think it was made approximately 1/4 " from the edges so that the plastic would not chip.
     


  16. Stroke2017

    Stroke2017

    Joined Apr 18, 2017
    12 posts, 1 likes
    Hunter 26.5
    US Brick, New Jersey
    Okay, Thanks...I’ll check into the measurement...do I take it that the groove/channels do not run to the edge of the sheet? Meaning the whole set of grooves/channels remain approx 1/4” from the sides of the sheet...
     


  17. agprice22

    agprice22

    Joined Aug 3, 2012
    2,293 posts, 533 likes
    Performance Cruising Telstar 28
    US Watkins Glen
    If the channel is close to the edge, use another sheet to create a level bed for the router. Be sure to clamp the sheets and guides in place.
     


  18. Capt Robbie

    Capt Robbie

    Joined Jan 24, 2017
    354 posts, 132 likes
    Hunter 34
    Us Red Bank NJ
    Yes , the grove/ Chanel was approximately 1/4 inch from the outside edges of the underside of the hatch. The top grove on the top side of the hatch I believe was about an inch or so from the back edge as I recall.

    Basically the grove on the under side of hatches function is to make a natural drip edge on the underside of the hatch. As I mentioned previously rain water will not be able to flow uphill across the grove/Chanel. It will fall into the molded slides that Chanel the water under the deck hood.
    All you really need to look at before cutting the grove is that it remains within the molded sliders under the decking hood.
    The rain water needs to follow the natural path that the hatch slids on.

    Just a note make sure you are using new sharp blade or you will chip the lexxan hatch.

    Hope this was helpful.
     


  19. Joe Blizzard

    Joe Blizzard

    Joined Feb 5, 2009
    191 posts, 32 likes
    Gloucester 20
    US Kanawha River, Winfield, WV
    My boat came with a single plexiglass hatchboard for the companionway, and I ruined it trying to remove a layer of messy looking stick-on window tint that someone had put on there. To replace it, I bought some tinted Makrolon (a polycarbonate like Lexan) remnant pieces on eBay and made a two-piece hatchboard set. I found the stuff very easy to work with, not much different from hardwood. I cut it on a table saw and used a router table to put a rabbet joint where the two pieces come together.
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  20. Stroke2017

    Stroke2017

    Joined Apr 18, 2017
    12 posts, 1 likes
    Hunter 26.5
    US Brick, New Jersey
    My guess is you made a new hatch for the companionway, not the top slider over that hatch, am I correct?
     




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