|The difference in diameter between the two seals is dramatic. The correctly sized|
1/2-inch seal is on the right while the 5/8-inch diameter is on the left.
|The old seal was brittle and came out of the slot in the midship hatch in pieces.|
|Maggie and I held the midship hatch upside down as we clamp the new seal |
in place in preparation for cutting for the splice. We cut the
seal on a diagonal with a sharp knife.
|I placed a piece of waxed paper between the seal (in the area of the splice on the hinged side) |
and the stationary hatch frame--this prevented the adhesive/sealant that is exposed in
the splice area from getting on the stationary frame.
|After installing the seals I closed the hatches with the waxed paper in place |
and won't open them until spring. Even though the outside temperatures
have been cool. the adhesive/sealant should fully cure over the winter.
|S/V Rainy Days sits in her winter slip, completely insulated from world events.|