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Old 05-04-2012, 16:15   #1
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Summer storage ashore routside in Florida

We are putting our home built Catamaran on the hard for the summer in Titusville Florida. We have many concerns so need some advise. The boat is built of foam core composite with awlcraft paint finish. The front windows are made of gp bronze acrylic. Hatches are lewmar ocean series. How would you control the amount of solar heat coming through the windows and hatches? We were thinking of putting foil faced foam on the inside to block the sun rays, but we are afraid of maybe super heating the plastic. Is there a better way that will preserve the finish of the plastic and keep the heat down inside.? Looking for an inexpensive way and time is of the esence.
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Re: Summer storage ashore routside in Florida

if you can sew, make hatch covers out of Sunbrella. You want to cover the plastic as well, since UV gets to plastics

here's a good supplier: Sunbrella, Marine Canvas, Fabrics, Hardware and Supplies - Sailmaker's Supply
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Re: Summer storage ashore routside in Florida

Nassaw, the yachtie way is to make custom hatch covers of Sunbrella to keep the UV from degrading the plastic. You can only protect them by covering them from the outside. That also protects them from abrasion by blowing sand and salt crystals, both problems by the sea.

The USAF protects the glazing on mothballed aircraft in similar ways. Covered from the outside with a special latex-like coating, sprayed on.

Anything on the inside won't block the UV and, as you suspect, will only help cook the plastic.

Don't use ay type of adhesive (i.e. self-stick vinyl) that has a petroleum-based solvent in the adhesive, as almost all of the do. Petrochemicals degrade the plastic as well.

For a cheap & dirty approach you could probably paint them over with a water-based latex frisket (from any art supply house, sold as masking material for stencils, etc.) and then press a dark canvas, etc. into the frisket, bonding it on. Then just peel it off when you get back.
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Re: Summer storage ashore routside in Florida

here's a tute with some cheap purchase suggestions
How to Make a Hatch Cover
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