Replacing a Atkins & Hoyle hatch lens - Page 2 - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 11 Old 12-18-2012
Marine Manufacturer
Brian_A's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Napanee, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Re: Replacing a Atkins & Hoyle hatch lens

RE: Atkins & Hoyle Hatch Repairs


Brian Atkins, Atkins & Hoyle Ltd. Seems like there is some good debate of which glue to use when re-sealing a new lens in our hatches and ports. From the factory our hatches typically hold a seal for anywhere from 15-30 years. After which, re-installing a fresh piece of acrylic and gasket can often make the hatch look, and function like new. Follow this up with new parts which are almost all still available, and you won't be able to tell the difference between your old hatch, and a new one.

We use a silicone type product here at the factory. To get our factory quality seal, it is very important to use a cast acrylic as opposed to any other kind of Lexan or Polycarbonate. While the latter two are great at repelling bullets, they don't seem to hold up as well to UV, scratches, or the typical thermal expansion and contraction.

When installing a new piece of acrylic, we make sure to not only clean both contact surfaces (hatch frame, and new acrylic), but also prime them them using a series of chemicals we keep here at the shop.

One of our secrets is to leave the newly 'refurbished' hatch alone for at least 5 days. While the 'skin' of the silicone may have set, the silicone underneath where the bond actually occurs can still be fresh. Moving the hatch around before the silicone has a chance to harden will result in another leaky hatch.

If all of this sounds too complicated for a DIY project, feel free to get in contact with us via our website (, or give us a call (613 354 1919), we would be happy to help.
Brian_A is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links

hatch , lens , lexan , replacement , selant

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hatch lens replacement dillybar Gear & Maintenance 26 03-25-2014 11:27 AM
replacing acrylic Goiot hatch lgaggie96 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 9 10-29-2011 03:22 PM
Replacing Forward Hatch, Need help patrickcsiconolfi Gear & Maintenance 7 09-23-2011 11:27 PM
Acrylite vs Lucite Acrylic Lens for hatch mrybas Gear & Maintenance 10 06-15-2010 11:59 AM
Hatch lens ccracked in half - best place for replacement? Bene505 Gear & Maintenance 14 05-06-2010 10:43 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome