New dorade (cowl) vent paint

New dorade (cowl) vent paint
An easy and quick project with a big bang. It was simply a matter of washing them real good and removing old paint. I think we used acetone. We then bought some red Rust-Oleum paint from Home Depot and put a couple coats on. They have held up pretty well so far. It’

s been at least six months.

The hatches project

The hatch project was not as bad as the porthole project but still a lot of work. We took each hatch out and rebuilt them and put them back inAll our four hatches are 20x20.
One over the head, one over the bed and two in the main salon.
We first made a plywood cover for the hatch hole ½ or ¾ thick. Painted it and drill he screw holes to anchor it in place.
First we removed all the screws for the hatch.
We then would use two paint scrappers, good ones to go around the hatch on the outside and inside cutting through the sealant being careful not to hurt the black rubber gasket.

Go around side ways as it will cut through the sealant.
Once the hatch was removed we would remove the rubber gasket and completely clean it till it was like new. We used lacquered thinner and wire brush and a pocket knife.

We tapped up the hatch opening so all the crap would not fall into the boat when cleaning.

Then we removed the dogs from the hatch by knocking out the drift pins and then did the same on the hinges.
We ordered new pins from who now handles the hatches we have.
We also ordered the sealent for the hatch glass and the glue for the hatch gasket from them.
We used 3M 101 to seat the hatches.
After the hatch glass was out and the hatch was stripped of everything we would wire brush them to remove any loose stuff like rubber and paint.
Then they went to R.J. little company here in San Diego where they were painted with a two part epoxy marine paint. We did ours in white. Also all the other hardware for the hatch was panted.
We got new glass made from San Diego plastics.
We also would then clean the deck and inside of the cabin where the hatch came from.
Everything must be super clean.
When the hatch cam back from paint I then would ream out the holes for the pins and run a tap through the threads for the hardware.
We bought all new fasteners from the fastener shop.
To re-seat the hatches we would tape off the area and use brown paper to cover the area.
Clean the hatch before installing. We would wipe it one way with just a bit of acetone on the area where the sealant was going.
Then put down a bit of 101 and rub it into the fiberglass and then put 101 of both sides of the gasket and on the bottom of the hatch.
Then put the gasket onto the hatch and then place the hatch onto the fiberglass.
Clean the new screws in acetone and put 101 around the head of the screw so it seals it just before screwing it in. Screw down them all down cross manner and clean up. Come back the next day for more clean up. Not letting the 101 setup for too long before the second clean up.
Use say lacquer thinner for clean up. Do not use too much as it may seep in causing a leak.
Then install glass. We used 1 inch strapping to go across the glass and clamps as pictured. Do not remove the top side covering until all done. The first hatch we put the glass on last. It is easier to put the glass on the top of the hatch first then install the top of the hatch to the bottom part after.
Then install gasket. Cut it a little longer than you think is needed, you can trim it off after you have it fitted.
Then make canvas cover.
The use 3M 101 on the inside to fill the space between the head line and the hatch.
All the time cleaning and taping.
After the hatch was installed we cleaned up around the inside of the hatch and then Debbie taped around it. She then took 3M 101 and spread it around the gap smoothing it over. Comes out nice.
Then add SkyShade for hatch.
This takes a while and is some work however these are well made heavy aluminum hatches and will last and work great another 30 years. I have heard stories of newer hatches being installed and the lips being cracked and leaking etc. You will save a good amount of money and have great hatches by DIY. None of our hatches leak and they look great.
I think they still make these hatches, the 20x20 ones.
Debbie made Sumbrella covers in white for the hatches. We also added a small tether to each cover using whipping twine so we would not lose them in a blow.

You can do the rebuild for less than $400.00 a hatch I think. They cost new about $1000.00. You would still need to remove the old one and use the same gasket as they do not make those for our boats any more. Also you would still need to buy the 3M 101.
All Done!

Putting in the glass

Clean up
Clean up

One of the old hatches below.