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    60 kt winds on friday pulled at my upper helm cover enough to snap a piece of the wind screen out. I'm looking for options, can I epoxy the piece back or what's the chance of finding a wind screen for a 1989 3288? Thanks for your advice. Dave




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      #3
      Yep upd plastics, or middy plastics in Wa. 425-883-4600

      The part you are looking for is called the venturi.
      Joel
      1987 3818 Hino 175
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        #4
        If you have all the pieces, give solvent welding a try. You hold two pieces together tightly, then use a flat syringe to drip a solvent which dissolves acrylic. It'll spread between the pieces via capillary action, melt them, and they'll re-bond as the solvent evaporates. I bought a bottle to prep to repair my venturi, but have been too busy working on other stuff.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT6Ow_cBTps

        https://www.amazon.com/Weld-Acrylic-.../dp/B0096TWKCW

        Please note that this contains Methylene Chloride. It's the stuff in stronger paint stripper. Do not breathe in the fumes (use a respirator or do this outside standing upwind), don't let any spill on your skin. California banned it recently. The stuff will dissolve most gloves (latex, nitrile, PVC, polyethylene). I haven't been able to find the recommended EVA gloves, so was planning to use a really thick pair of PVC gloves I have (after testing a drop on it to see how quickly it eats through). Double nitrile gloves are supposed to work too (quickly remove the outer glove if you splash some on it). For that reason, I'd remove the veturi from the boat before trying this - no idea what it'll do to epoxy and fiberglass.

        https://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9926060

        https://www.msdsonline.com/blog/2015...ty-information

        The Weld-On #2 is a more watery version, #16 is a gel-like version which gives you more working time. #4 is the middle version.

        Apparently Acetone will work too, but doesn't evaporate as quickly nor thoroughly so you could end up with an incomplete bond.
        1994 2556, 350 MAG MPI Horizon, Bravo 2

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          #5
          I tried an edge weld like shown once - no good.

          Being cheap I tried again but instead of a butt joint I made a small strip ~1.5" wide from 1/8" thick material and then heated / shaped to a perfect contour match with heat gun. Then used the glue to bond it as a lap joint and lasted until I wanted to spend the money at Middy. Use clear for the 1/8 and it should be invisible from the outside and not abrade on your bridge cover. I used smoke thinking to match what I was fixing and it made for a big dark spot.

          Got all the repair stuff from TAP plastic.
          1999 Sandpiper Pilothouse - Current
          1989 3888 - 2011-2019, 1985 Contessa - 2005-2011, 1986 21' Trophy 1998-2005
          Nobody gets out alive.

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            #6
            Excellent, thanks all..............

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