Originally Posted by guyrj33
that's a pretty small curve over 6+ feet, are you sure it needs to be molded before installation
? when you remove the existing one does it want to straighten out?
I am wondering the same thing. A previous boat has a similar curve and when we replaced the port lens I simply bolted it in place AFTER putting the sealant
(butyl tape) between the lens and the hull
. Sealing from the outside is rarely effective.
TAP Plastics is a terrific place to buy plexiglas and Lexan
. They are full of useful advice and will cut the plastic to your specifications. They have multiple locations in California
and I ordered what I needed by email
. I sent them the specs and they cut the plastic (cast acrylic - almost as strong as Lexan
but does not scratch or craze as readily). This was for our current
boat which also has a curved hull
. No pre-bending was necessary and the lenses fit in a frame so no drilling was necessary either.