Re: Lewmar acrylic lens replacement on Amel 54

Barry Connor

Thanks Bill for the videos. I will definitely replace all pins and bits if I don't get complete hatches.

Hi Tuen and Mohammad,

Your 54's are #99 and #128. I am worried that you had to replace the seals. Mine is #17 one of the first and I have never had any problems with leaking. Do you know why they leaked? I have seen a little shrinkage in my seals but filled in the gap with some black gasket seal.
Did Lewmar change the rubber quality? What will new units be like! Already I now need to check the frame finish, is is a matt or polished finish frame. Sorry Arno for getting your name misspelled. (Uno).

Wish boating was not complicated. You do though need to know and understand what traders are about to do to your boat.


Barry and Penny
"SV Lady Penelope II"
Amel 54.  #17
Sainte Anne anchorage Martinique

On Sunday, April 26, 2020, 4:03:01 PM EDT, Teun BAAS <teun@...> wrote:

When I took AMELIT over in NOUMEA NEW CALEDONIA I had massive leaks in several of the LEWMAR hatches; clearly the seals had a problem and I needed to replace all the seals which were NOT in stock in NEW CAL.


I was referred to a local (French) hatch specialist (Anthony) and he cut out all the existing LEWMAR seal from the top of the hatch (without removing the frame etc.) with a pen knife; then he resealed with an UV resistant sealant (I don’t have the name here in USA but I have it on the boat) and I never had another leak since. It took him only 2 hours to do all the hatches and it looks & functions perfectly.


Best Regards Teun

SV AMELIT  A54  #128


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Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2020 12:11
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Lewmar acrylic lens replacement on Amel 54


We replaced all overhead hatch seals at the Manoel yard in Malta. Takes about one hour each.


Happy Sailing;



Mohammad and Aty

B&B Kokomo

AMEL 54 #099


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Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Lewmar acrylic lens replacement on Amel 54


Hinge pins on the Lewmar hatches 



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On Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 1:57 PM Arno Luijten <arno.luijten@...> wrote:

Hi Oliver,

To replace the lens you need to split the two halves of the frame of the moving part. These are basically two C-shapes that are mirrored relative to each other. The eindpoints are connected with small screws and a connection part that slides in the frame. The split is across the length axis of the boat with one split between the hinges. To take it apart you must separate the moving part from the part screwed to the deck. Getting the screws out is a pain and is better to be done in a workshop.
But first you need to get the hinge-pins out, that can be a big problem as well. On our 54 they used a trick to break the hinge-pins to free the moving part. In the workshop they removed the remains and replace the rubbers. Back on the boat they used new pins and adequate quantities of anti-seize paste (Duralac/Tefgel).
I agree with a previous contributor that it may be cheaper to buy new hatches. The problem I saw was that Amel used a high-gloss frame and all the ones I saw had a matte frame.

Arno Luijten
SV Luna,

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