Fuzzy forward hatch

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Fuzzy forward hatch

Postby SFBaysailor » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:50 pm

Well, we finally got down to Broad Reacher, our new-to-us 28 CK (#4!) and started taking off 10+ years of bird droppings, dirt, and dust. I was actually very pleasantly surprised by the condition of the gelcoat under the 'protective' guano layer...

Anyway, while scrubbing the forward hatch, which is a yellow-ish translucent affair (matches the companionway 2-piece slider) I noticed that the surface was 'furry'. I thought it was the remnants of an old decal, but once it dried I realized it was fiberglass. The hatch seems to have it's integrity, and there aren't any cracks (definitely crazing, though), so my idea is to just lay down a couple coats of epoxy to encapsulate the glass. Any issues with this plan?
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Re: Fuzzy forward hatch

Postby drcscruggs » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:46 pm

I think that would work. I have done some work with West system and mostly happy with it. You might consider painting to protect the fiberglass work. I have seen some deterioration over time without the protective coating of something. I am not a fiberglass expert just a boater with a little experience. It would not cost a lot either. Best.
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Re: Fuzzy forward hatch

Postby bbarnewolt » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:45 pm

My understanding is that epoxy does not have a lot of UV stability and so an unprotected layer of epoxy might look good at first, but eventually yellow and crack from UV degradation. Assuming your "fuzz" is on the exterior of the hatch.
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Re: Fuzzy forward hatch

Postby SFBaysailor » Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:18 pm

Yep-the fuzz is on the outside.

Were the hatches on these boats left un-Gel Coated? I’m assuming it’s to allow some light through. The companionway slider is the same finish, but is in much better shape.

I’m thinking I might just pull it off and run it down to TAP Plastics for their take on it.
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