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Front Hatch Replacment

I also posted the following on the RL forum (RL Trailable Yachts from Rob Legg Yachts), figured I would ask in both places:

Me and my dad took out our 1981 RL24 on the lake last weekend. When we were running the wind went through the cabin and blew out our front hatch, possibly wasn't secured shut. Does anyone know of replacement parts? Was only able to find some really expensive aftermarket front hatches. Otherwise what I was looking at doing was a clear vinyl window and use either a Velcro or zipper setup to secure it. Do you think that would work well or once waves come over the bow would it just blow it out and come rushing in?
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I was trying to see a picture of the hatch which would help me answer but the generic answer is that your forward hatch is important for the seaworthiness of your vessel. I would NOT replace that hatch without the ability to positively lock and seal against water coming over the deck. That is critical to keep your boat afloat! You probably can get a company to repair the hatch including replace the lens which would be preferable if possible. A picture of the present hatch would help.

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I will reiterate the necessity for a watertight, secure forward hatch. They can be found used, but what exactly do you mean by 'blown out?'
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Try Select Plastics for repair parts.

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I did a quick click search found this. My O30 has a "window" like that, it's like a translucent fiberglass panel on my boat. Was yours clear plexi Wallis?

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..., but what exactly do you mean by 'blown out?'
What I'm wondering as well....

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Sorry about that. This is the one I have for now. Its not parked at my place so I cant get a frontal picture or show it without the hatch. What I meant by blown out is it was blown off by the wind. Sunk before we were able to fish it out. It is basically just a 2x2' square of fiberglass. I will for sure post pics and be more specific next time.



Here is the inside, you can see where it locks in on the front.

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That's a bit of a custom molding... won't be easy to find other than from builder unless you make your own!

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Re: Front Hatch Replacment

I'm thinking you will need to get comfortable working with fiberglass! Because you have a bend in the hatch, it probably will need to be handmade. Hire a local fiberglass contractor or learn to do it yourself. Maybe you can find something on eBay or Craigslist ??? I don't know what other choices you realistically have.

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