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I got new hatch lenses cut and they are completely unusable. The person doing the cutting was clearly drunk/stoned/asleep/dead.

I need to try a second shop. Has anyone had this done in Huston or Austin and been happy with the work? I want to try another shop, but don't want to get burned again. Seems like it should not be that hard....
 

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I second the recommendation of Select Plastics. Last year I had them replace the lenses on my PSC 37 Bomar hatches, which leaked. Very nice job and easy to work with. The hatches now look new.
 

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I got new hatch lenses cut and they are completely unusable. The person doing the cutting was clearly drunk/stoned/asleep/dead.

I need to try a second shop. Has anyone had this done in Huston or Austin and been happy with the work? I want to try another shop, but don't want to get burned again. Seems like it should not be that hard....
Free monomers, man. Guy's been breathing them all day. It's like huffing AquaNet.:laugher
 

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Have you taken them back, perhaps with a frame so he can see how they will not work? I would give him a chance to make it good. If that does not work out then look elsewhere.
 

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Just heard from Select Plastics, they will not sell me lenses. They will only do complete hatch restorations. Kind of strange a place called Select Plastics will not sell me plastic......
That's because there is more to replacing the lights than "gluing" them in.

If you want them to leak, DIY. If you want them watertight, send them to Select Plastics.
 

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RainDog, my apologies as I thought that part of the process was understood. They really need the hatches in order to ensure a proper fit. They will also replace the gaskets and check if the frame is true (correcting bent/warped frames is an additional cost). They'll also install any vents if you plan on adding them.
 

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Sounds like a good company. Anyone have any ballpark numbers they want to share for hatch repairs?

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Sounds like a good company. Anyone have any ballpark numbers they want to share for hatch repairs?

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For mine they quoted $329 - $419 per hatch. They are Bomar 100 series. I think that includes new lens, gasket, and any machining they need to do.

By way of comparison, here is what mine cost per hatch (items with a * are not included in their price):

- Machine shop work (remove old fasterners and dogs) - $50
- * Sand blast and powder coat hatch and frame - $40
- * New risers and dogs - $180 (ouch!)
- New Gasket - $35
- New Lexan - $40 (of course this needs to be redone, hence this thread)
- Supplies - $18 (glazing compound, tape, acetone, etc.)

For a whopping $363 per hatch, half of which is the risers and dogs. Plus about 8 hours of my labor total for the two hatches (half of which is driving time). The same hatch new is $1160.

The amazing thing to me was how cheap it is to get something sandblasted and powder coated. I think I will do my whole boat, piece-by-piece.
 
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