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Old 04-26-2019, 01:32 PM   #1
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Time to spruce up a 1999 Ocean Alexander 426 Classico

Hi Folks,
I have been reading and enjoying TF for years and have never posted until now. I have a 1999 Ocean Alexander Classico in Sarasota Florida and I am thinking about painting the entire boat. It seems all the good painters are in Fort Lauderdale. Does anyone have any positive experience with painters on the west coast of Florida? If not, any recommendations on the east coast? It would be better if I could find a facility closer to home so I could more easily manage the project, but that may not be possible.

Also does anyone have a clue on how to remove the rear sliding door to the cabin? It needs new rollers which I have from OA. The problem is no one seems to know how to remove the door, including the people at Ocean Alexander.
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Old 04-26-2019, 02:16 PM   #2
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Welcome to TF. (You might want to post this in the Ocean Alexander section where the very few OA owners on the forum try to help with issues).

That said, have you tried an aggressive buff on the hull? Our 440 came to a beautiful shine after a buff with wool pad and a medium 3m compound.

Our 440 has an inverted "L" shape door between the sundeck and the stairs for the (lower) salon. In that design, the screws in the top track must be removed in order to lift the door up and out of the depression for the lower track rail. (So, the top track and rollers are attached to the door when it is removed).

I have yet to remove the side door, which is simply a flat slab door. But I'm fairly sure it will be the same when I do it in a couple of weeks. I did replace the broken/cracked plastic track rails on both doors a few years ago by simply unscrewing the old track, pulling it out (in pieces), and then pushing the new rails into position (under the rollers without removing the door). The UHMW track was bendy enough to force it into position. Obviously, if you're replacing rollers the door has to come off.

I've attached photos of the 440 rear door track area in the event that yours is similar. The door is obviously removed.

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Old 04-26-2019, 02:45 PM   #3
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Thanks Rufus, The track is a metal "T", on bottom. On top it is a "U". Removing the screws on top releases nothing. I fear they may have used 5200 to install.

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Welcome aboard. Hopefully they didnít use 5200...
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Old 04-26-2019, 03:29 PM   #5
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Thanks for posting the photos. I've searched all over creation for a metal bottom "T" rail/track like yours. (OA didn't have it when I inquired). Finally found something very similar in a UHMW extrusion and will try that on both doors.

I have a hunch the upper guide on our side door (which currently has a cracked/broken plastic lower track) is an inverted U like yours. I suspect the door could be lifted and rotate outward at the bottom (clearing the lip at the edge of the deck) if the lower track is removed. It would take two people as the door is very heavy. If not, I'll be forcing my new UHMW "T" track under the door and forgetting about it ....I think the rollers are OK. If not, the door will still likely slide fairly well on the new slippery UHMW track.
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