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01-17-2012 10:42 PM
Waltthesalt Here in Seattle we have a place that sells plastic, poly and acrillic material. TAP plastics. I just go down and they cut off a chunk. Sometimes I can find a piece that will do in the odd left overs box.
01-17-2012 07:12 AM
Deric Brad,
Thank you for your offer. I have all my lenses now though. One advice I submit is to select your color of tint by number -- for all your lenses. Everyone may have dark gray, but the variation may not be the same.

I had noticed these tints during my search, I chose 2074.

Gray 2537
Gray 2074
Gray 2064

Others have added to the list of resources. eBay is a good source from time to time. I preferred a place that cut to size.
01-17-2012 12:13 AM
mxracer19 I found this on ebay:

PLEXIGLASS DARK SMOKED #2074 1/2"x 48" x 31.7/8" | eBay
01-16-2012 11:34 PM
HUGOSALT For reference ...have used Midland Plastics for 3/8" large
compaignway hatch lens...They have large selection...custom cut from template including drilling screw holes...paid only for size I used...reasonable shipping...marine division, good people to deal with.
Custom Plastic Components Manufacturer, Fabricator And Assembler - Midland Plastics
1 800 456 0011
New Berlin, WI.
01-16-2012 10:02 PM
Originally Posted by Deric View Post

Waiting to hear from Tony at Select Plastics.

Company I called, located in western US, said it was too expensive to ship, and the cost of the panel was expensive. They suggested I contact distributor in NY area; to reduce the cost of shipping. I found a place that had a sheet in stock 96" x 48" dark gray, only $650 and $50 to cut, and no shipping charge.

I am waiting to hear from Tony at Select Plastics.

I am also replacing hatch lenses this winter. Our forward hatch is also huge. and I need another in addition to that one Perhaps we can team-up in some way to cut down on scrap or shipping. (I'm on Long Island and pass through Albany occasionally.)

IIRC, HugoSalt recommended select plastics to me.

01-16-2012 07:17 PM
Deric Hello Mates.

I visited Great Lakes Plastics located 2.5 hours driving by car from my marina. While I was onsite, they took measurements of old pieces I had, showed me the color tint of gray they had to offer, and performed the cutting to exact measurements. I had them cut two pieces: one for the aft hatch, and one for the companion way sliding hatch.

Great Lakes Plastics serve many boaters in the are by providing them materials.

The person who helped me, Rick, was pleasant. I was happy with their service and price.

Thank you for submitting recommendations of businesses to consider. I have compiled a list for myself future reference.
01-01-2012 10:22 AM
pvanv1 Great Lakes Plastics is right in Buffalo, NY and they do all sorts of acrylic, polycarbonate, and nylon, in sheet goods, rod, etc. They will custom cut for you, even curves and drilling if needed, and you can pick it up by car.
12-31-2011 04:50 PM
eherlihy I bought some 0.480" AcryliteŽ FF in Bronze from this place;
JMK Displays Inc.
1237 Broadway
Darien Ctr. NY 14040

They specialize in making displays for stores & trade shows.

I cut it down to make 3 piece hatch boards.

I am not associated with the manufacturer of AcryliteŽ, it's distributors, nor am I affiliated in any way with JMK displays.
12-31-2011 12:11 PM
rugosa Not sure where you are in central NY, can also try plastics manufacturer, plastics fabricator, Canadian, general plastics, advanced plastics, industrial plastics, building products in Hamilton, ON if it is not too far. They do lots of marine, motorcycle, commercial. We took two Atkins & Hoyle hatch lenses to them this year - they calculated material & labor while we were there. Great results, price was reasonable and we didn't get stuck dealing with the left over sheet that we probably would never need in the near future. We don't have a garage, shed or shop so it was convenient too. Good luck with winter project.
12-31-2011 11:29 AM
mitiempo For one it would not be near as strong and there would be moisture build up between the layers after a while.
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