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Old 13-01-2017, 08:30   #1
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Squeaky Companionway cover

There is a horribly shrill squeak whenever our companionway cover on our Tartan 37 is slid open or closed. i have tried lubricating it with liquid wax. It got better briefly but then seemed to get worse!
Any ideas? i feel like i wake up half the marina when I leave for work in the morning.
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Old 13-01-2017, 09:04   #2
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Re: Squeaky Companionway cover

Same thing was happening on my hatch. I went to one of the big box home improvement stores and they had strips of tan felt with sticky tape on one side. Removed the hatch, pressed the felt onto the track, put the hatch back on and never had a problem since. Plus, the hatch is a better, tighter fit. The felt was in the section they had all the plastic furniture slides.
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Old 13-01-2017, 10:15   #3
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Re: Squeaky Companionway cover

Did you clean the tracks before lubrication?

If a silicone spray or teflon lubricant doesn't cure it you might have misalignment or a bent or broken slide assembly.

Look for wear marks, ground out material or something broken.

Avoid grease, oil and diesel based lubricants like WD40 as they pick up grit which causes more wear.
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I'm not sure how yours is designed, but sqeaking like that is usually fiberglass rubbing on fiberglass. Is it readily disassembled?
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Re: Squeaky Companionway cover

As the hatch surfaces wear from normal use material is lost and the hatch sets lower. With enough wear the hatch slide forward edge begins to contact the cabin top. That's the source of the horrible screech. My Tartan 33 has the same issue. You could build the lost hatch material back up or just add the felt and go sailing. That felt solution sounds useful. Thanks!
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Re: Squeaky Companionway cover

Maybe use the "non hook" half of sticky back heavy duty Velcro, soft like felt but synthetic and not likely to degrade...
Although my experience with Tape adhesives is they get gooey over time, especially in the tropics... maybe non stick type and use Contact Cement..?
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Re: Squeaky Companionway cover

a bar of beeswax, aka surfboard wax, works well and for longer than the sprays, is cheaper and readily found in stores in tourismville.
your unsupported cored fg topsides sag after years of use--slowly, until you hear the sound of omyhellnoise --audible at least half a mile, btw, so marina pest can hear you,.hahaha
noiw, i didnt know that surfboard wax is beeswax until a surfer told me--my cure is something taught me by a builder of fine oak furniture, one of my old ones. use beeswax on your good wood drawers and sliders so they work smoother and less noisily.
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Long term pull the hatch and replace material lost so that athwardship section of hatch no longer contacts cabin top when hatch is slid forward. Wax or teflon spray or other lubricant on slides does not address issue. Building up the slides of hatch or shiming the bed with felt it other mass addresses the fault by raising forward edge above cabin top. It's one loud sound that's for certain but it's not the entire hatch that's vibrating.
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Re: Squeaky Companionway cover

Our hatch is timber, and I use carnauba (Johnson's Paste Wax) wax on the grooves, and on all the drawers to make them slide freely. It makes a huge difference.

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PS. Another good use for "sex wax" (surfboard wax) is as temporary bottom growth discourager for shaft and prop, as it can be applied under water.
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There is a horribly shrill squeak whenever our companionway cover on our Tartan 37 is slid open or closed. i have tried lubricating it with liquid wax. It got better briefly but then seemed to get worse!
Any ideas? i feel like i wake up half the marina when I leave for work in the morning.
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Re: Squeaky Companionway cover

Thanks everyone, some good ideas for sure.
I think the retirement one is the best! but since that is still few years away and the problem looks like fiberglass on fiberglass ware I will have to pull it apart and fix the glides. Another job to add to my winter to do list!
I am also building cockpit doors so I will pull it apart when I install them.
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