|Removing the old lenses from the hatches.
|Installing the bedding compound
Back in the USA, Beneteau recommended we contact Tony at SelectPlastics.com who specializes in repairing and replacing marine hatch and porthole lenses. Tony provided a lot of advice and supplied cut ChemCast GP Cast Acrylic in slightly oversized blanks of the various sizes and thicknesses we needed. He shipped them to us in Seattle before our departure and we carried them, well packed/padded, as checked luggage when we flew to Perth late last year. Yes, it was a bit awkward travelling with about 75 lbs of acrylic lenses in two rather large boxes, but it was worth it! (and the airlines were fantastic by the way with these oversized 'bags'!)
|New lenses in the deck top hatches
Meanwhile the big job of preparing the hatch hardware to receive new lenses commenced. The hatches were cleaned, serviced and all the old silicone removed in preparation of bedding the new lenses. We used the recommendations from Tony again, and bedded the main deck hatch new lenses with Sika 295UV and applied the manufacturer recommended primers etc. For the small side portlights we installed the new lenses using Dow 795, the same product that is used to attach windows into skyscrapers, that should be good enough for us!
It was a big project that took 14 very long days, but we are really happy with the results.
And now, it is back to sailing with the arrival of our nephew and his friend!