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Anyone know a resource for getting a new acrylic hatch for my boat? The boom crashed down on it and put a huge crack through it. I removed the scabbard and removed the hatch and removed the teak handle and trim, etc on it, so I really just need find a place that will cut the acrylic to the same dimensions as the old hatch. There are a few websites that offer custom building of new hatches, but as as the teak is fine shape and I was pleased with the old one I'm hoping I can save some money just getting a piece of acrylic.
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Any plastics outlet should be able to help you. If you have the bulk of the old one intact they can use it as a template and cut it for you (for a nominal fee - usually worth it) You can also buy special 'plastics' drill bits if you need to do some drilling to reattach the teak trim (less susceptible to chipping or grabbing).

Around here I go to 'Industrial Plastics and Paints'... but not sure if there is a US division.
One of our major fiberglass materials suppliers also carries and cuts acrylics as well.

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When I was at the Annapolis boat show, I spoke with the guys from HatchMasters, Norwalk CT, at their booth. I've never used them, but they seemed very knowledgeable. I told them what make/model/yr boat and they already knew what OEM hatches were aboard and had some cautions about replacing the glass on mine in particular.

You can just ship them the hatch and they'll ship it back repaired or, they claim, they'll tell you it isn't economical and you should just buy a new one. For some standard size, they can also ship you the panel and you R&R it yourself.

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I like keeping away from marine companies $$$... so perhaps you could ring a kitchen/bathroom manufacturer.
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I'm assuming the OP is referring to the sliding portion of the companionway hatch, not a full framed hatch such like HatchMasters would deal with.

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I'm assuming the OP is referring to the sliding portion of the companionway hatch, not a full framed hatch such like HatchMasters would deal with.
Now that I actually read the title, seems you're probably right.

Might still be worth a call, if the OP can't find the right piece of acrylic.


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I replaced all my hatch and port lites / select plastics in norwalk, ct. Great people to work w/ and were cheaper than my local glass shop.
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Re: Companionway Hatch

Thanks guys! I took the advice above to avoid marine companies and contacted a plastics fabricator here in Chicago who says if I can bring in the old one and they'll be able to do this, so I plan on dropping by there sometime this week. So, the next question, which I should have asked earlier - anybody have some estimates on what this ought to cost?
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Re: Companionway Hatch

The cost will depend on size and thickness, as well as shape (time to cut it to size). I would imagine your hatch glass be around $300. Some local glass shops carry a good selection of acrylics. I would check with them first. It does not have to be a specialty plastics shop.

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