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Old Dec 23, 2008, 09:02 PM
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10r/marblehead hatches?

i have a boat i bought a few years back for $1k Au...its CF hull, 2 sail sets, RMG smart winch etc...

it came with the hull hatches covered in adhesive backed waterproof fabreic that i used initially but as i need to access the battery hatch often it became a real pita.

does anyone know where i can get hull hatch covers?- or links on how to make them?
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Old Dec 24, 2008, 05:29 AM
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Just buy more sticky backed plastic. Its called "Fablon" here in the UK.
For the battery hatch, I use a screw top tub, glued into the deck. Just unscrew the top and change the battery.
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Old Dec 25, 2008, 02:55 PM
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hey rcminiman..good idea! thanks!
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Old Dec 25, 2008, 07:24 PM
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Is the US, Dacron with adhesive is used. I buy it from the sail makers who use it to make the numbers on real sails. About $15/yard.

For the radio pots I use a small screw top from rubber maid, 4 of them for $3.50. They also have a flange so you can screw them down. Better than the ones from Bantock.

John
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Old Dec 26, 2008, 04:43 AM
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I'm sure any sailmaker will part with the offcuts from cutting out numbers, for nothing, or just the offer of a stubby or two. Every time they cut out the centre of a number then the cut out goes into the garbage. Give them a try, there must be a sailmaker in Adelaide. You may be limited to blue, black or red.
If you are carefull, then it can be re-applied many times before needing replaced. Best to cut out templates to suit the individual deck cutouts. It makes replacement very quick, and you can keep spares, ready to go, in your toolbox.
'Fablon' or similar was mentioned, but it is a thin plastic film which is susceptable to being split open by contact with the boom of a competing yacht when in close 'combat' during a race. I saw a very nice home built wooden IOM sink rather rapidly after such an event on a windy day at Aberdeen. It was on the bottom for over six months before the reservoir was drained for maintenance, but had been written off by the insurance by then. It was still in sailable condition, except for the replacement of the electrics, and a good scrub of the sails. A twist to the 'Buy (build) one, get one free'. The insurance came across with a brand new Bantock 'Italico'. Lucky chap.

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Old Dec 26, 2008, 10:20 AM
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Hang-em High Kite Shop ( currently closed for Holiday season) sells 5" x 5" sticky backed Dacron (also called Insignia cloth) for $1.00 each (U.S.) and no minimum.

Many different colors to choose from The Kite Studio also sells this stuff - runs $16.25 a yard and you can mix and match. They also sell small quantities for $1.00 - but those colors are limited.

You can see their colors by going here: Kite Studio (USA)
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Old Dec 27, 2008, 06:18 AM
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Just buy more sticky backed plastic. Its called "Fablon" here in the UK.
For the battery hatch, I use a screw top tub, glued into the deck. Just unscrew the top and change the battery.
Watch out for Fablon getting brittle or coming unstuck in winter with cold temps. I've seen to many boats sink due to this.

Self adhesive dacron is way more reliable in cold weather.
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