Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Can't remember the thickness, but
I have replaced the plastic in acrylic hatches but not for some years, but it was much thicker than the polycarbonate that I replaced in the current Bomar hatches. Do you have the intermediate supports in these hatches? Without them I can't imagine that 1/4" would be strong enough. I don't think 1/16" would matter though.
We had to redo the glazing on our two larger hatches since the adhesive suggested by someone at Defender was not up to the task. We used a Sikaflex product designed for plastic but it required a primer that was an obscene price like $60 for 250 ml and once opened had no shelf life at all. We only used about half of the can and pitched the rest - did a good job though.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.