So spent a pretty penny on the windows, but I am more than pleased!

Rather than using plexiglass, I ordered some 4mm thick Lexan. Never heard of it?

From Wikipedia:
Lexan is a registered trademark for SABIC Innovative Plastics' (formerly General Electric Plastics) brand of polycarbonate resin thermoplastic. Polycarbonate polymer is produced by reacting bisphenol A with carbonyl dichloride, also known as phosgene. Lexan is the brand name for polycarbonate sheet and resin in a wide range of grades. (...) Common usages include space and sports helmets, clear high performance windshields and aircraft canopies, and bullet resistant windows. (...) In the 1960s, NASA used Lexan brand polycarbonate for astronaut helmet assemblies and visors which became known as "bubble helmets", including those used by the Apollo moon astronauts.


This stuff is really weird to work with, as it cuts with just a regular saw, and does not melt or crack like Plexiglass. I had some trouble getting a feel for it, so was pleased to let a professional take care of the finishing work, who happened to be working on his boat right in front of Lil' Mule II. In fact, to test it's resilience to bending and cracking, I gave it my best shot:

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Ok, perhaps a bit overkill for sailboat windows, but very very cool.

I also got the sliding hatch fitted. I ran into one problem, which is that for whatever reason I made it 3 centimeters too wide!
So I cut out a strip from the middle and fit it precisely to the width of the opening where I then fiberglassed it together while in place thus assuring a nice fit.
Here it is in place, with the fairing putty hardening. I'll be sanding and painting it next time I'm at the club.

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Mess anyone? Funny enough, there is a sort of organization here.

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Quick photo of the cockpit, showing the new carbon fiber tiller in, as well as the nameplate. Dirty and dusty, but you get the idea:

barre-en-place.JPG Finally, I put a layer of resin and milled fiber to the nose of this old canoe, which I'll be fixing up a bit:

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