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Clear Hatch Lenses

I am going to replace the plastic on my main hatch cover. I will replace the plastic on the other two hatches in the future. They have a slight brown tint. I really want as much light as possible in the boat. Would it be a mistake to put clear plastic on all the hatches? Would the light be too harsh in the boat? Make the cabin too hot?

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Re: Clear Hatch Lenses

Prob just fine for where you are.
Tinting could always be added later
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Re: Clear Hatch Lenses

I think that you would be just fine. You can get cast acrylic with UV block and tinted if you like from any good plastics supplier. I think that you find the interior much brighter. Just open the hatch right now(unless it's snowing ) and you'll have a pretty good idea of how bright it will be with clear plastic lenses.

If you find it getting too hot after that, you can always add a nice Sunbrella cover to the hatches that snaps on and can still be used with the hatch open. That's what I have for my hatches. It helps keep the boat cooler when not using it, and also protects the plastic from weathering and oxidation.
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Re: Clear Hatch Lenses

If going with clear yes indeed get some level of UV protection and a light tint to protect the fabrics and other interior surfaces from Sun Fading/Bleaching.
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If going with clear yes indeed get some level of UV protection and a light tint to protect the fabrics and other interior surfaces from Sun Fading/Bleaching.
Or use external covers.

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Re: Clear Hatch Lenses

I really don't think there is anything wrong with that hatch , I have seen quite a few that look just like that . You could dress it up a bit with some teak slats going from for to aft , and a nice canvas cover .

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Or use external covers.
Yes and you can make them quite decorative. Just make a pocket for some zip cord in the hem to keep them stretched on tight. I just helped our sail maker sew up some for his boat along with matching covers for the cockpit cushions, sails and helm station which really dressed his boat up nicely.

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Re: Clear Hatch Lenses

Clear acrylic with a Sunbrella cover to keep things cool seems reasonable. But, WOW, I didn't realize how expensive cast acrylic can be!
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Re: Clear Hatch Lenses

I'm curious and confused. You are going to replace the tinted hatch with a clear one so that more light will enter. But you will cover the clear hatch so that no light gets in. Do I understand your intentions correctly?
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Clear acrylic with a Sunbrella cover to keep things cool seems reasonable. But, WOW, I didn't realize how expensive cast acrylic can be!
Yup. That stuff is pricey, but worth it in the long term. I had one done in .75" with flamed smooth edges 40"x40" with a UV filter and it was around $330 US. This thing is heavy.


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