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Headliners, hatches, and portholes...

So withdrawn from the market for another season, I'm working on my 22 footer for cosmetics...

I have this long portholes along the sides(see pics) and I'd like to renew those with new lexans and some framing... I talked to my friend(a carpenter) he said he can build me frames out of wood... Do you have any ideas what else I can use for those?

Long story short, I broke the front hatch by stepping on it... It has a molded bedding and the hatch itself is plexiglas bent on the edges to sit on beddings... I designed a hatch to build instead but do you have any ideas on that? (The hatch is 21"x31", so no mass production would work...)

I'm thinking installing wood plank headlining around v-berth area... Do you think that would add too much weight or not?

And any ideas for companionway slider rail replacements?
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A starboard or a similar product comes to mind for the companionway sliders and the frame work for the forward hatch then cover with lexan our Plexiglas (can't remember which is the more UV resistant?) The side ports I might just give them a good cleaning/polish and live with them. Another suggestion is to fabricate or purchase deck chocks to secure the anchor or to free up deck space look at the rail mount types. http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...&storeId=10001
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Acrylic (plexi) is more UV tolerant, but Polycarbonate (lexan) is far stronger. You can also get Lexan with an antiscratch and/or anti-UV coating.
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A starboard or a similar product comes to mind for the companionway sliders and the frame work for the forward hatch then cover with lexan our Plexiglas (can't remember which is the more UV resistant?) The side ports I might just give them a good cleaning/polish and live with them. Another suggestion is to fabricate or purchase deck chocks to secure the anchor or to free up deck space look at the rail mount types. http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...&storeId=10001
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Hi Bill, the anchor is on deck after I washed it on dock... I don't leave the anchor there... I rolled an older 1/2" rope on front rail and left a loop small enough to hold the anchor... That was my easy way anchor holder solution...

My trouble with portholes is that I want to install a frame around the interior and exterior corners... I was wondering if they sell frames for that purpose and size... I couldn't find anything online...
And the hatch has curved edges which is really hard to duplicate without a molding form with heat bender installed... I'm working on a molding form that can bend the edges of the lexan...
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