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Posted by member Kenny Clark on Tuesday 26 February 2019

David,

Try this company. They have extensive range of all types of window and other rubbers.

www.sealsdirect.co.uk
sales@sealsplusdirect.co.uk
01425 617722. International +44 1425 617722
Seals + Direct Ltd, Unit 6, Milton Business Centre,Wick Drive,New Milton, Hants. BH25 6RH. UK.

Regards,

Kenny

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Message 4 of 5
Posted by member David A Washer on Tuesday 26 February 2019

Thanks Simon and Kenny
Information was most helpful as the window in not that bad just now and no leeks detected . I think I mite leave it for this season and when she comes out of the water in September do as you suggest Simon and replace all the cabin window rubber seals, wheel house seals appear to be in good nick so they can wait a bit longer.

Regards David

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Posted by member Simon Papendick on Tuesday 26 February 2019

Hi David,
I was a Hardy Marine Employee between 1983 and 1990 and built and fitted out a number of Navigator 18 in that time. The front cabin windows were always Perspex and after 30 plus years that are going to be past it.
There are a number of companies around the country who stock Perspex and many will have a cutting service to cut you a new window if you get the old window out so that they can use it as a pattern to make the new window. I suggest that at the same time you get a new window or windows made you replace the rubber and its insert as well, as they will be well past their best. When the windows were originally fitted they had sealant between the rubber and grp as well as the rubber and the Perspex as well. This was to ensure a watertight seal was maintained. I hope this helps you, if you have any further questions you can email me at enquiries@j-starmarineservices.uk

Kind Regards

Simon Papendick

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Posted by member Kenny Clark on Monday 25 February 2019

Hi David,
I have the same issue with my Pilot. I have been looking as pros/cons for both as my cabin windows crazed.

Both are stronger and more flammable than glass. Polycarbonate does have lower flammability.

Polycarbonate (Lexan) is 2-3 times more expensive than acrylic. It is also stronger material. It does however turn yellow after time due to UV rays.

Acrylic (Perspex) easier to work with, not so easy to drill holes near edge as drill tends to crack panel. It does however stay clearer longer than polycarbonate.

Like anything boat, plenty of products, reviews which can be difficult to make a choice.

Decided to go with acrylic as windows are curved. Toughened glass would be very expensive.

Let me know how you get on. Will do the same.

Regards,
Kenny

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Posted by member David A Washer on Sunday 17 February 2019

I have just about got my Navigator I bough last year (a bit tatty) ready for this coming season, but I need advice.
All the rest of the windows are toughened grass except the front cabin one which is perspex or acrylic, which is
crazed all over.
My question is is this original or was it glass when new?
If I contact Hardies will I be able to get a replacement window?
Or have anyone got a better idea?

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