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Some years ago the companionway hatch on my Newport 28 II was painted, now the paint around the edges, approx 1 inch wide, is pealing off and the wood lamination underneath is falling apart in small thin peaces. Any recommendations on how I can repair this or where I can find a good used companionway hatch?
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Re: Companionway Hatch

Not familiar with the boat but is it possible to remove the hatch and cover with epoxie before reinstalling? Might make a more permanent repair.

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Sounds like they are plywood. If they are in really bad shape, make some new ones. If they are basically sound, some epoxy filler and a new coat of paint will get you a few more years.
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I'd buy some teak and make a solid wood set of boards. Plywood is a losing proposition unless very well sealed with epoxy at the edges.

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Re: Companionway Hatch

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Some years ago the companionway hatch on my Newport 28 II was painted, now the paint around the edges, approx 1 inch wide, is pealing off and the wood lamination underneath is falling apart in small thin peaces. Any recommendations on how I can repair this or where I can find a good used companionway hatch?
I'm not sure whether you're referring to the hatch boards, or the surrounding frame. Either way, when wood is in that state it's easiest to start again with new - wood or transparent acrylic or a combination of both.

However if you have the time and inclination, you could strip the paint, apply penetrating epoxy to the loose areas of wood, then a thicker epoxy to build it up, sand fair, then paint or varnish. BTDT, cost me as much in materials as new wood would have cost - but it was winter so I had plenty of spare time

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Re: Companionway Hatch

The trick to making plywood last is 2-3 coats of neat (unthickened) epoxy, followed with paint. The goal to to completely encapsulate the wood in epoxy so it never is exposed to the air or moisture. Done right this is a permanent fix.

Personally though I would go to Lowes and buy some clear or smoked lexan, and cut it to size using the old one as a template. It will allow a lot more light downbelow, and is very workable.

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Re: Companionway Hatch

Go to the scrapyard and find a piece of 1/8th inch aluminium plate. Cut it out and have the edges bent in a brake press, which should leave you with a four 2 inch welds for them to do. Then you have a permanent , zero maintenance hatch.

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