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Re: Cal 28 Flushdeck project
I'd like to add the tiniest bit of additional advice to Sloop's hatch instructions (which were thorough and generous, BTW). Anytime you use adhesive or sealant, mask off anything nearby you don't want to get gooped up with sealant. Preventing is 1/10th the work of cleaning.
I was thinking especially of the hatch top, outboard of where the new plastic will overlap. A bunch of goo will squeeze out when you tighten the fasteners. Much better to have it squeeze out onto your best friend the blue masking tape rather than your gelcoat.
As for fasteners, a piece that size I'd use a total of 12. One in each corner, two evenly spaced on each side. EIDT TO ADD: No, forget that, still 12, but three along each edge, one in the middle, two more nicely spaced up to an inch from the corner. Depending on the materials and the situation, one right in the corner could cause a stress crack.
Oh, and maybe a quick shot of white paint inside the hatch where you have cut thru the glass for a nice finished look.
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Last edited by Ritchard; 09-05-2012 at 02:05 PM.