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Lexan Crib Boards

Discussion in 'Catalina 22' started by Trent Lindsey, Jan 13, 2018 at 1:07 PM. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Trent Lindsey

    Trent Lindsey

    Joined Sep 19, 2017
    9 posts, 2 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Porterville, CA Porterville, CA
    Hey All,

    I hope the New Year has found you well. I am doing some clean-up and repairs on my '79 C-22 over the winter months and one of my projects it to repair or replace my tired crib boards. I did a search on these forums and discovered that some of you have elected to use Lexan. I did not see anyone link to a manufacturer or retailer of lexan crib boards so, I'm assuming that I could order a sheet of Lexan and cut them myself.

    I have seen them done in pieces as well as in a solid single piece. Do any of you have any recommendations on how to best complete this project? Do either of these options present any safety or maintenance concerns?

    I look forward to your advice!
     


  2. Gene Neill

    Gene Neill

    Joined Sep 30, 2013
    2,044 posts, 522 likes
    C-22, Albin Vega
    US central Florida
    I made crib boards for our Albin Vega out of 1/2" dark smoked acrylic. Part of the reason was aesthetics, but also the Admiral wanted to be able to see me in the cockpit at all times if she was down below in foul weather, and vice versa. There are ups and downs to acrylic (Plexiglas) vs polycarbonate (Lexan), but I'll leave that alone. Both are great.

    The material was easy to work with, and I was very happy with the results. I made them two piece rather than three, but the Vega's companionway is narrower than the C22's so the boards are smaller. On a C22 I might stick with three pieces. Just determine in advance where and how you plan to store the boards, and the decision will make itself.

    Before I cut the two boards into their respective shapes, I took the acrylic sheet to a local cabinetmaker and had him cut it in half with a "rabbet" (like a stair step) in the middle to keep water out. Then I cut the two boards into their proper shapes. The bottom edge of the bottom board is cut at an angle to match the wood trim it sits on. So basically, the acrylic boards are formed exactly like the wooden ones were. :)

    Last but not least, you'll want to "burnish" all the edges with a blowtorch. It smooths them out and prevents microscopic cracks in the edge from getting bigger.

    Before-and-after pics ...

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  3. Trent Lindsey

    Trent Lindsey

    Joined Sep 19, 2017
    9 posts, 2 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Porterville, CA Porterville, CA
    Thanks for the reply Gene! That looks great. I prefer this look to the original boards. I will research the differences between plexiglass and lexan.
     


  4. Ron20324

    Ron20324

    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    5,802 posts, 421 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Annapolis MD
    The stuff can be heavy, so don't drop it the first time out and break it. Make some storage bags.
     


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  5. Gene Neill

    Gene Neill

    Joined Sep 30, 2013
    2,044 posts, 522 likes
    C-22, Albin Vega
    US central Florida
    I forget whose boat this is, I think they are or were a member here ...

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  6. RoyS

    RoyS

    Joined Jun 3, 2012
    279 posts, 56 likes
    Hunter 33
    US Bay Pointe, Quincy
    Slightly off topic but the photo above displays an issue that irks me. Boat designers should not slant the companionway entry so that rain may enter the cabin. I performed a short survey in an upscale anchorage last summer and discovered that most high end boats had the companionway entry either slanted in reverse of the photo above or perfectly vertical. My own boat is lacking this feature.
     


  7. SV_GALATEIA

    SV_GALATEIA

    Joined Sep 24, 2017
    13 posts, 8 likes
    Catalina 22 #14720
    US Cheboygan, MI Cheboygan
    Referencing Gene's posted photo above, what is the decal/plaque to the right of the cabin entrance.
     



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