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Old 27-10-2006, 18:18   #1
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rebedding hatches

I have lewmar hatches in which it looks like they filled the plastic interior ring with caulking and then stuck it on. Now when I unscrew the tabs, I have to cut away the caulking. And the hatches are leaking and I've already torqued them down. does anyone have good tips for doing the removal and rebedding of these? Anything that best works for cutting them out? Any tips for caulking the new ones in so it doesn't have goop going everywhere? What type of caulking would you choose (something that can be undone when it happens again!).

I'm truely not looking forward to this.
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There are two recent threads dealing mostly with rebedding deadlights, but much info is also relevant to hatches.

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4526
http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4638

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the coastal passage link is a dead link for the sexy windows... anyone know if it's been mirrored or have a copy....?
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http://www.thecoastalpassage.com/windows.html is the dead link. It seems a lot of the threads then reference it as a base "do everything that they say and then"....Actually that is a good thread because I have sikaflexed in cabin windows that have leaks as well and need to be rebedded. The main thing I'm looking for are tips for removing the hatches as well as the windows. It's the scale of the thing that's daunting. The windows are not mechanically fastened, but sikaflexed in with fiberglass rims (and whatever black stuff they used on the windows as a sealant leaves horrible black residue everytime I clean the windows). The hatches I've torqued down and they still leak so I'm going to have to rebed them. I've got 18 hatches to worry about, but only 4 are leaking now, so obviously I'm going to have to become good at this! Tips on removing the windows and hatches I especially need as I've been told by old timers it's very difficult to remove windows (glass) without shattering them and I need to work quickly but in a way that doesn't destroy gelcoat.
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