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Best $3.59 I've spent this week.
« on: September 01, 2017, 05:04:26 PM »
In the middle of this refit, I'm trying to pick up all those little irritating things and engineer cures for them.  One thing that bothered me was that the sliding companionway hatch had a lot of resistance.  It is just unfinished fiberglass on that flange edges and kind of rough.  Additionally, the center of the crown just barely caught the crown of the opening frame and scratched my fresh paint on the inside of the sliding hatch.  So I added a strip of UHMW adhesive backed tape to the flange edge.  What a difference it made.  That thing slides slick as glass now.  The stuff is .010 thick and that got it high enough to clear the crown.  Tape Case 432-10 UHMW 1/2" wide, five yard roll $3.59 from Amazon.  I suspect I'll find lots of other uses for this stuff in my wood shop.

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Re: Best $3.59 I've spent this week.
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2017, 08:52:53 PM »
Cool! I've used those sticky felt feet that are for chair and table legs. They work great as well!

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Re: Best $3.59 I've spent this week.
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2017, 07:35:45 PM »
well, I spent way more for the same effect.  Bought a roll of Teflon tape from Catalina Direct.  It really does the job but at a little less than 10X your fix.  Good going.

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Re: Best $3.59 I've spent this week.
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2017, 04:30:55 PM »
Did you take the hatch right off or get the tape under there some how? I get sand blowing in mine to add to the grinding effect. Scratched my head on fixing this for a long time.

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Re: Best $3.59 I've spent this week.
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2017, 04:42:59 PM »
Did you take the hatch right off or get the tape under there some how? I get sand blowing in mine to add to the grinding effect. Scratched my head on fixing this for a long time.

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Took it off.  I was stripping and refinishing all the wood anyway and I also wanted to clean and paint the inside of the sliding hatch.  Easy to get off and on on a 23.

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Re: Best $3.59 I've spent this week.
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2017, 11:51:24 AM »
Don.  I did mine without taking the hatch off.  Cut the tape to length with hatch open all the way and laid it down.  Closed the hatch and laid the back piece down.  About a half an inch is uncovered but the hatch spans it so no big deal.  It made an amazing difference but at over $30.00 for a roll!!!!  Brackish did the same for a tenth of the cost.  My bad and maybe a bit stupid.  LOL    Sail On    Al