I have a newly acquired 1988 IP 27 and the plastic (or maybe nylon?) rails on which the sliding hatch actually slides are cracked and breaking up and need replacement. I am not at the boat but they are about 2" wide, 1/2" deep and maybe 2' long. Can someone tell me where I can get either replacements or the material to make replacements? Thank you
You may be able to get replacement rails from the factory, and others on the list may have suggestions for other sources. Also, there's a good set of instructions on how to replace these rails without removing the companionway hatch, either on this site or on IP Home Port; you should check it out. Finally, on my IP27, rather than replace the rails, I've just removed the broken pieces (there have been two, one on each side, each about 5" long), removed all the old bedding material, and remounted them, using new bedding (LifeSeal) underneath and at the seam between the pieces, and then screwed the pieces down with s/s oval head screws, countersunk into the railing so they don't catch on the hatch. Worked fine on my boat.
I have replaced the hatch slides and it is rather easy. Here are the simple steps.
#1. Slide the hatch open.
#2. Look up from the underside, down below, and you will see the slides behind the front edge of the lide.
#3. Cut here, behind the lid
#4. Unscrew the slides where you can see them on the top and remove this piece.
#5. Cut a new piece, and slide it under the hatch and screw it down.
There is no need to remove the hatch slide since you can look up underneath the hatch and see the slide behind the hatch front.
When we all started doing this we first thought that we need to remove the hatch cover which is a real hard job because you have to remove the traveler. But this is the easy way to replace them.
Many thanks. Can you tell what the rails are made from and where I can get the material? My rails have broken into pieces that are about 6 inches in length and replacement seems to be the best solution. Thank you responders.
Here are some photos to show you how the hatch does not slide back the entire way, so you can easily mark it from below and use a small pointed hand saw or fine saw and make the cute. Slide the hatch forward after marking to make your cut.
#1: Slide the hatch back to the stop and mark it
#2. Slide the hatch forward and use a small saw and cut it
#3. From the top, unscrew the old and screw down a new slide.
You can buy the slide material from the factory or you could use starboard and cut your own strip.
Saw this post. Outside portion of slide in good condition however cracked and broken underneath. Need to replace entire section. Ideas appreciated on how to remove portion under cover. Cover gets stuck when pushed forward. Ideas appreciated.
I have the same issue with my 38. It appears you need to take the hatch hood off, which would also entail taking the traveler off. I had a yard mechanic quote me $700 to do the job, due to the labor involved. I am going to do it myself at the end of the season and start trying to loosen up the traveler bolts now. I am thinking of using starboard, but have not looked into availability yet. If you come up with a source, let me know. Thanks
I have this problem, too. It isn't that the screws stand proud and catch the hatch. It's that position of the slide itself makes it a natural hand-hold for crew climbing in and out of the companionway. When you start noticing, it's the obvious place to steady yourself in general, but especially if you are clipping-in or unclipping your tether when exiting or entering the cabin. Several of the cracks are at the screw holes in the slides in my boat. These slides really should have been made of a more substantial material given the number of folks who have had this issue.
Hello Hayden. Can you illustrate where the cut needs to be made to replace the slides? I am assuming the slides under the hatchway maintain their integrity because they are not exposed to UV? If you can clarify, I would appreciate it.
Thanks, Charlie McDowell Island Sol IP 40 currently Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
If you slide the hatch open, it stops short of all the way back. Now, go below, look up and you will see the hatch slide aft of the lid but forward of the deck. This is where you cut the slide. Use any pointed hand saw you can get into this space.
Once cut, now unscrew the part you can see aft of the hatch. Use this as a template, make your new ones. Slide new ones under hatch up against your cut and screw it down.
The hatcheck will not slide over your cut. Remember, the hatch was slid open to the stop and then you cut in between, and behind the lid.
Ok...I have already made my replacement pieces from starboard. We had access to a planer to remove the texturing on one side of the starboard which should make the material friction resistant. Thanks again for your help.
We own Cielo, an IP40 (1995) and need new slides. Does the factory still supply them? Failing that, can anyone specify the dimensions for the starboard? I need to order them cut to size. Cielo is four hours away and can't get measurements at the moment.
We just replaced ours with 3/8" starboard cut into 1 3/4" strips. We routered the edges, then ran the strips through a planer to slick one side.
The strips were cut to length (we did not remove the hatch cover; but just cut the old strips back as far as possible) then countersunk and fastened into place with a silicone seal. Neat and easy.