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Forward hatch cover?

Closed the forward hatch on my oldie 77 Morgan O.I. with a jib sheet underneath and cracked the plastic hatch cover...used some adhesive for a temporary patch but its getting worse. I did a search and checked multiple marine stores to no avail. Where can I find a replacement?

Its a dark plexiglass like material and its also an escape hatch....

this is what it looks like...I'm sitting on it...
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When my hatch cracked it was easy to fix by just re-bedding a new piece of smoked lexan in the frame. Used black Lifeseal caulk after scraping out all the old adhesive. Save the pieces to make a template for cutting the new piece to shape. A jigsaw with a fine blade worked fine.

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To add to mazzys comment, if you jig lexan (IIRC) I used wd40 to spray along the cut, as lexan can have a tendancy to 'melt' and fuse back to itself.
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oh, two other things. ive noticed my lexan does expand a bit in extreme heat (im in TX, we are seeing 105 consistently). and while getting the adhesive to 'suck' it in it wanted to bow out a bit, so i used popsicle sticks and stuck them between frame and plate to kinda force it down with the sticks at a 45... then just pulled em out later...

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Replace the lens, but with acrylic (plexiglass) not lexan. Plexiglass doesn't scratch as easily and is much more uv resistant. All manufacturers except Bomar use plexiglass for these reasons. While Bomar uses lexan their hatches have bars to prevent it from flexing too much and breaking the seal.
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As Brian said the stuff is real tempermental. I would not use it again... just the handling to install caused some cosmetic issues, and it is very picky about what you can clean it with. ie... soap and water--though i have read you can use nongritty toothpaste, but who knows what yahoo came up with that idea... a lot of the reason i was willing to put up with its persnickityness was that a buddy gave me the material and helped me cut it on the cuff....

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Maritime plastics in Annapolis specializes in refurbishing hatches; give them a call for a quote - 410.263.4424 - not cheap.
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joesaila, I have the same hatch forward on my Morgan OI. Of course, the DIY recommendations above do not include the complexity of the curved and formed hatch. Someone in Florida used to have the template for these. You might want to pose the question on the Morgan Owners Yahoo Group. They have a running question and answer forum for Morgan OI 41's. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Good ideas...

Some good ideas here. I may do a combination of repair suggestions if I can't find a replacement...I will check w the Morgan site. Thanks!
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