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FORWARD HATCH-REPLACING WITH CLEAR TINT MATERIAL

I want to replace my cat 30 1980 forward hatch which is fiberglass. I love the look of the lexan/plexi tint types but can''t afford what they cost. Anyone have any suggestions as to where I could bring it to be made?
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If you can''t afford your "wants" you''re best to put them aside until you can.

A good hatch is expensive for a reason, something less expensive wont turn out to be good, and you''ll end up spending even more to fix it...

Good luck.
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Sailingfool makes a very good point. There are a number of companies that trade in consignment boat items and I have seen new hatches offered. They come from either abandoned boat projects or builders that go out of business. However, it may take some time to find one.

If the existing hatch does not leak, I would be hesitant to change it out simply for cosmetic reasons.

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I am not an expert carpenter, but I made new forward and lazarette hatch covers for my boat which look great and don''t leak a drop. One is about 18"x20", the other is 23"x28". I was going to use Lexan in the forward one, which would have added about $75 to the cost, but I prefer the looks of wood anyway. Materials ran less than $200, excluding hardware, which I re-used from the former covers. A good carpenter would make them in a short day, not counting glue-drying time.
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Vickie,

Cruising Concepts makes a cast acrylic retrofit hatches. Trouble is they cost $450. Take a look at this link: http://www.cruisingconcepts.com/v%20berth%20h.htm
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One thing you want to be sure of, anything you do to your forward hatch HAS TO be robust enough to handle direct hits from breaking waves. That is why hatches like Lewmar Ocean Series are so expensive. They can withstand the rigors of large waves repeatedly hitting them, without coming apart.

If you want to make your own, be very careful and mindful that just about anything you can make out of wood, at home, will be inferior to the made-for-the-job hatches that the major suppliers handle.
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Last time I went digging around Minney''s yacht surplus (Newport Beach, Ca.) they had a number of brand new Lewmar hatches and portlights a lot cheaper than list. Worth a call to see if they have a size that would fit.
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