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  1. #1
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    Default Hatch blind replacement

    Our hatch blinds are a bit past their best. Plastic endured too much UV. The little catches have dropped off and been replaced with little loops of string - sorry cord.
    The actual blinds are dirty and in places there are rust stains.

    As usual looked at the price of replacements and thought there must be another way.

    Any suggestions for a reasonable way to replace the blinds - or a source of sensibly priced blinds
    so far AliBaba and Wish have failed to offer a source.
    Gwylan, a settee with a sail

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    Default Re: Hatch blind replacement

    The Oceanair ones are expensive. I have one of these in the saloon and they can be used with the hatch open. https://www.tcschandlery.co.uk/water...x-600mm/p15022
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    Default Re: Hatch blind replacement

    Oceanair now made and distributed by Dometic. Depending on the type of blind there are blind specialists everywhere offering all different types made to order.
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    Default Re: Hatch blind replacement

    Well, what a wonderful, lateral solution.

    Have to get the CiC to get the Bernina our and knock up a few - must be less than £30 each

    Great start to my quest, thank you
    Gwylan, a settee with a sail

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    Default Re: Hatch blind replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by Gwylan View Post
    Our hatch blinds are a bit past their best. Plastic endured too much UV. The little catches have dropped off and been replaced with little loops of string - sorry cord.
    The actual blinds are dirty and in places there are rust stains.

    As usual looked at the price of replacements and thought there must be another way.

    Any suggestions for a reasonable way to replace the blinds - or a source of sensibly priced blinds
    so far AliBaba and Wish have failed to offer a source.
    Having found the price of a new Oceanair blind I removed the old units, used Milton (bleach basically) on the fabric, and bought white plastic ferrules on Ebay that neatly substituted for the several lost end caps. Not back to as new but so much better than before. No rust stains on mine but if there had been oxalic acid would probably have cleaned.

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    Default Re: Hatch blind replacement

    I fitted a Trem hatch blind - seems ok so far but only used this year - from memory about £23.

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    Default Re: Hatch blind replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by PetiteFleur View Post
    I fitted a Trem hatch blind - seems ok so far but only used this year - from memory about £23.
    We have two Trem ones and on both of them the glue failed that attaches the blind to the roller (likely due to heat on warm summer days). Gorilla glue is a suitable fix that has lasted since. Not a big deal, but annoying as they were less than a year old. While you have them apart, also spray some silicone grease into the spring, which makes them roll much easier and smoother and protects the spring from rust (which was already starting to settle on it).

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