Companionway Hatch Cover Repair

I wanted to share with all of you the outcome of the companionway hatch cover that I wrote about a few weeks ago. Here is what I said at the time. Mine, a 2000, hull 226, I guess is what Warren described as the “old” slider version, which is all smoked acrylic. I have a similar problem –hatch sticks and, depending on the weather, it is almost impossible to open and close. Two companies in the yard (general maintenance and a fiberglass expert) have looked at the hatch and the hatch frame and both concluded that the “sticking” problem is caused by a structural problem with the framing. According to both, the cabin hatch frame has a wood base that the hatch frame screws into. According to one person who looked at the framing, a certain amount of non-orthodox adjustments were made to build up the frame to accommodate the

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Replacement Companionway Slider

By: Skip Wilkins, C-380 #43 “Bellatrix” The sliding companionway hatch on “Bellatrix” C380 #43 was made of ½ “ smoked Lexan or Plexiglas and had become crazed and sagged. The sagging allowed water to lay on it and it had become very hard to slide. Looking for an alternative, I called Warren Pandy at Catalina. He told me they no longer made the Plexiglas slider but now made them of fiberglass and the new material eliminated the problems of the old. I ordered the new slider. After I received it and took it to the boat I noticed a couple of problems. The new hatch was domed and would not fit under the sea hood. It would require cutting the sea hood, raising the sea hood and trimming the new slider (See Photos 1 and 2). The color of the nonskid on the new slider was a fresh seagull gray

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Companionway Slider Replacement

Companionway Slider Replacement Michael Barry May, 2007 Hull #: C380 #53 Drama Queen, C380 hull #53, came with a gray, “full-size” Plexiglas companionway sliding hatch, as did all early 380s. After a few years, our slider needed replacing due to the appearance of some cracks. I spent a great deal of time shopping plastic supply companies to have a replacement made, but I had no luck. I then contacted Catalina and ordered a new slider [about $250]. The newer sliders are made of fiberglass with a small Plexiglas insert. I was told that the new slider would fit the older boats. Well, it sort of fits. [Note- the original allplexiglass design had a tendency to sag or warp, especially in southern heat, thus the new design– Warren] To replace the sliding hatch, first I removed the screws that secure the large hatch cover, then slid the cover out from under

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