May 15, 1978
Windows and Hatches
The forward hatch of your MEGA is glazed with plexiglass which is impact resistant and
very durable. The surface of plexiglass, however, is not highly abrasion-resistant and
therefore gritty cleaning agents should never be used. Clean plexiglass with plexi-glass
cleaner. If plexiglass requires polishing, plexiglass polish is available from most marine
stores or hardware dealers. Toothpaste may be used as a substitute for plexiglass polish.
Rinse afterwards with clear water.
The windows in your MEGA are made of polycarbonate sheet (Lexan or Tuffac). This space
age material is extremely durable and is often described as "bulletproof". The same basic care
and maintenance should be taken as with plexiglass.
The MEGA name on each side is pressure sensitive tape. This tape may be cleaned by using
mild detergent solution and if damaged, can be purchased from C&C Yachts or from many
marine supply outlets.
Your MEGA sails are built by North Sails from the finest sailcloth and to the best
aerodynamic deigns available anywhere in the world. With good care they will serve you
well for many years.
Major enemies of dacron sailcloth are ultraviolet rays, chafe, and sharp objects.
Protect your sails from ultraviolet by keeping them under cover when not in use (a mainsail
cover and a roller furling genoa cover are a good investment).
Protect your sails from chafing by not leaving them hoisted to flutter in the breeze when you
are not sailing - at the club pier during lunch or a break between races, for example.
Eliminate tears by eliminating sharp objects - tape all cotter pins, file all burrs, round off all
sharp corners - and you won't have torn or patched sails.
While wrinkles caused by stuffing your sails into their bags do not cause excessive wear or
shorter sail life, your sails will be much smoother (and take up much less storage room) if
you always fold them after use. Leaving your mainsail flaked on the boom and your headsail
roller furled on the headstay is fine, providing you keep them covered.