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Old 27-11-2011, 17:47   #1
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New UV Hatch Covers

These are made and sold by Steve Outland 910-545-7174 and are called Outland Hatch covers. Go to Outland Boat Hatch Covers - Prevents Hazing, Crazing, Cloudy and Fractures.
These are the pics of the ones he fitted to my 47ft catamaran.They were easy to fit.I have just fitted new hatches and was loathed at bthe fact that the clock starts ticking and the sun starts its attack...but no longer , thanks to Steve
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:36   #2
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Re: New UV Hatch Covers

I have more pics to add .Steve made me covers for the portlights too. To follow shortly
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Re: New UV Hatch Covers

Chris, how are they attached to the hatches/portlights?

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Re: New UV Hatch Covers

Theres a video on their website. Outland Hatch Covers / Boat Hatch Cover - Installation - YouTube
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Re: New UV Hatch Covers

Yes these are nice... but they block all light too of course. We have some hatches where that isn't a problem, like lazaret etc. but I just saw a boat that has aluminium in there instead of Lexan, which makes a lot of sense too.

The problem I have with this system is the self-adhesive fasteners... I don't believe they will take 5 years of tropical sun without giving way. After those 5 years, the plastic they are made of will crumble apart too. I would prefer one that adds a bolt that goes through the lens.

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Re: New UV Hatch Covers

Guys , they are cheap enough to replace every 3, 4 , 5 years. They do not "black out " they still allow a sort of glow.
They are attached via 4 little 3M adhesive pads. Pads take 72 hrs to set to max strength.The adhesive pads are stuck to the underside of the twist lock puck.
Puck is made of polyurethane plastic , just like motocross fenders which last for a very long time !I will let you know how mine are in 5 years but i can tell you that i will not have any crazing
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Yep, 5 years tops. But you might not be in the tropics and never have the problem. My Schaefer marine end stops of T-tracks don't last that long, first one just broke / pulverized after 4 years in the tropics.

UV here is pretty strong. Even spots on the deck that no acid can clean will be dealt with in weeks or maximum a couple of months. But that is about the only good thing we get from UV, rest is all bad.

The 3M pads work really well inside our boat, but the first time we used one outside where the sun gets to it, it fell off before the 72hour curing time passed. In the shade it might work though.

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Nick , the 3M pads go under the puck and on top of the hatch , so no UV ever sees the 3M adhesive pads
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Nick , the 3M pads go under the puck and on top of the hatch , so no UV ever sees the 3M adhesive pads
Yes, but it is the temperature that makes it fail... at least, that is my theory. The black plastic piece will get very hot and conduct the heat to the adhesive pad. Even epoxy weakens under a heat load like that.

I used those plastic grommets (made from ABS plastic I think) as ventilation/drain holes in sail covers and they disintegrated within 2 years. So I wouldn't even surprise when that plastic part itself goes bad too. But like you say, it isn't really expensive either. I tend to look at maintenance too and things that ned replacing often go down on my list. Still, I might try this system anyway.

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Re: New UV Hatch Covers

Nick , for what its worth , i am in NC and there is a boat here that has had them on for 2 years. We had a brutal summer this year and they seem to be holding up pretty well.
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Nick , for what its worth , i am in NC and there is a boat here that has had them on for 2 years. We had a brutal summer this year and they seem to be holding up pretty well.
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Oh yes, no trouble for NC. I'm talking about the tropics only, in the US it should not be a problem at all.

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Re: New UV Hatch Covers

What is the material is the white cover made of and what is the thickness? Those 3m fasteners look great but i sure wouldnt want a cover fastened with just one, it seems to me that if you were to step on the thing towards the outer edge you would be applying a lot of torque to a single center mounted fastener. Im assuming that they are to be removed when you go sailng.
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Im assuming that they are to be removed when you go sailng.
Ah, I hadn't thought of that. Yes, I agree, remove while sailing. Seeing this system I get all kinds of ideas for new types of covers and we need new ones, so keep it coming

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Yes , they are simple to remove and stow while sailing.Steve made me a canvas bag with velcro flap to store them in while under way
Steve can make for any size hatch.All you do is send him your dimensions. He has a chart you download of his website that shows you what and how to measure.
Mine are about 3-4mm thick.
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