August 2012 Issue
Mailport: August 2012
Acrylic Hatch Fix
This is in response to the reader’s question about repairing a broken companionway hatch in the July 2012 PS Advisor. If the hatch is made of acrylic, I believe that it may be possible to satisfactorily repair it.
Acrylic can be solvent welded, and when that is done by an expert, the joint can be virtually undetectable. I would seek an expert in acrylic fabrication, and if I couldn’t find one, I would attempt the repair myself. Not being an expert, I would likely have a less-than-perfect cosmetic result.
We’ll try to test this repair solution. We would be wary of a companionway that is “almost as strong” as the original. An upcoming PS report details the damage done when a Lexan drop-board snapped under pressure.