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weephee 04-25-2010 07:42 AM

Companionway Hatch
I have removed my companionway cover/hatch to refinish it and have noticed that the plastic sliders between the hatch and the top of the cabin have worn away. They are small in diameter, about a quarter the size of a penny, and I can't seem to find new ones in my area. Can anyone tell me where to get them or if there is something better to use. Its a lot of work removing all the hardware in order to remove the hatch if I have to replace these little sliders on a frequent basis. Thanks

Gary M 04-25-2010 09:18 AM

A picture and make/model of your boat would help.

weephee 04-25-2010 09:22 AM

It is a columbia 27 ' I will post a picture later this morning. Thanks

stevemac00 04-25-2010 09:22 AM

They should last a very long time. Do a google search for nylon glides. Here's an example: Double Nail-on Glides - Rockler Woodworking Tools

Remove the nail and epoxy them on.

sailingdog 04-25-2010 09:43 AM

You can probably replace the little sliders with a long piece of delrin or starboard. By spreading the force over a larger surface area, it will likely reduce the wear.

harbin2 04-25-2010 06:53 PM

Woodcraft stores have rolls of sticky backed teflon tape. I got some for the same application and it worked very well.

heinzir 04-25-2010 07:44 PM

Here's something that works quite well

weephee 04-25-2010 09:03 PM

Thank you for all the ideas. Harbin2, how long have you been using the teflon tape. I guess the Japanese Glide tape would be the same thing.

harbin2 04-25-2010 09:36 PM

For a year. Actually, I needed something to elevate the hatch a little since it was rubbing on the cabin top at the foward end. The tape is about 1/32 of an inch thick. It is working well.

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