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Message 9 of 9
Posted by member Gary on Monday 31 May 2021

* Many thanks to Phil at Nauticover who actually got me the cover in a week. Now fitted and I'm delighted with the result. Originality maintained at a very reasonable cost.

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Message 8 of 9
Posted by member Gary on Tuesday 11 May 2021

New cover on order though it'll be 4 weeks as they're extremely busy. Will post photo when it all done.

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Message 7 of 9
Posted by member Gary on Thursday 6 May 2021

Thanks Tony I've sent them an email.

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Message 6 of 9
Posted by member Tony MM on Thursday 6 May 2021

Hi Gary,

I am relatively new to the Hardy Owners Club and normally do not post! However my renovations of a Hardy Pilot "Miss Ming" are progressing. As part of this it desperately needed an new canopy and hatch cover. I purchased these through "Nauticover" approx 18months ago. It took my wife and I approx a day and a half to fit due to our in-experience and care taken doing it. The canopy and hatch cover quality was superb and made by Nauticover off their template. Fitted superbly by us it was not complicated but some thought and planning etc was needed to ensure square and a good fit etc. These were acrylic, however due to Covid and lack of regular use I felt the need to get a vynl winter cover and purchased these through "Nauticover" during last winter and will be fitting this week weather permiting. The quality on inspection on delivery to me appears as good as the first acrylic one.
Service from Phil at "Nauticover" has been first rate. I have no connection with "Nauticover" whatsoever other than being a very satisfied customer of theirs. There is an additional carriage charge to be added for delivery and Phil was offering hire of the tools to fit etc. This may be a solution worth looking at and considering. https://www.nauticover.co.uk

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Message 5 of 9
Posted by member colin hewitson on Thursday 6 May 2021

Hi Gary, sorry - me again!

Just had a quick peruse on e-Bay for my own interest, there are lots of hatches at all sorts of prices, some second hand too – if you could pick up something suitable, that should do the trick!

Also, there was at least one seller who will make up the fabric type cover in all sorts of colours and to your sizes, should you want to go down the more original route – just a thought!

Good luck with it!

Col.

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Message 4 of 9
Posted by member colin on Wednesday 5 May 2021

Hi Gary, Some would see it as adding value to their investment and the sooner you do something like this to your prized boat, the more you personally benefit from it over the time you have the boat! Personally, it shouldn’t be too difficult to come up with a suitable DIY solution that will do much the same job and costing less. Where there’s a will, there’s a way as they say. There’s always some satisfaction with coming up with a solution that suits the boat/your needs! Nice boat by the way!

Atb

Col.

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Message 3 of 9
Posted by member Gary on Wednesday 5 May 2021

Thanks Colin, I had a wee read and a look at Seaglaze ,, at £599 I think I'll look at a diy solution. I'm pretty handy so should be able to come up with something if I ever get time! I had been considering adding a solar panel so perhaps combine the 2 though I also like the idea of a sunroof.

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Message 2 of 9
Posted by member colin on Wednesday 5 May 2021

Hi Gary, if it was me, I think I would be looking to fit a suitable opening hatch cover, possibly one that incorporated some form of solar panel to generate top up power for the battery!
If you want to keep the original ‘look’ of the canvas cover, you could try a local caravan awning repairer to see if they could replicate one but you would likely need to take your own for them to see/copy, similarly, a local sailmaker/repairer.

If you got suitable material, you should be able to make one up yourself if you are good at DIY, the fixings are available on the net, personally, I wouldn’t be looking to use ply – something more like acrylic sheet as a substrate, or even do away with the canvas and have a sunroof?

Seaglaze regularly advertise in the HO club magazine for a replacement hatch, although they are not inexpensive, some would see them as a good long term option and they can be opened to aid ventilation if your canopy is up. Warspite, the sea scouts boat is so fitted (HO136) and club member Woody Neale did an interesting article in HO137 – ‘Hatch for Pipedream’ is a good read!
Let us know how you got on.

Atb

Col.

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Message 1 of 9
Posted by member Gary on Tuesday 4 May 2021

* Does anyone know where I can get a replacement for the canvas and ply cover for the cockpit hatch ? Mine is still watertight though the outer layer burst with ply exposed and warping. I'm sure I could fashion a replacement but would prefer to keep it original if possible at reasonable cost.

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