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Old 19-02-2018, 10:02   #1
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Opening Portlights

I am looking for advice on replacing 4 - 7x14" inward opening ports on my 2001 catamaran. I am not opposed to increasing the size slightly. I currently have the original portlights which are the older style of the current Bomar 2000 portlights that have a terrible ear style latch that opens while out at sea. I had to secure them closed and then silicon them shut to keep them from leaking. I am looking to get the ventilation back that I have lost.

I know there will be many answers but what is the best all around opening portlight for a 25-30 deg angle installation on an off shore boat? I have been looking at Lewmar, Newfound metals, upper line Bomar, Beckson? Any others? It is very important that they have secure latches and rain water drains.

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Re: Opening Portlights

wow not one answer huh
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Re: Opening Portlights

I suggest you look at Hood port lights, which are raked, given the angle of your cabin side. That said I can't find a good picture that shows that aspect of them.

I refitted with NFM port lights and am pretty happy with them. Adjustable hinges and dogs, good quality and with compression hinges they don't need hangers to keep them open. Also very thick tempered glass which, while a moderate risk at sea, makes them easy to keep clean.
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Re: Opening Portlights

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wow not one answer huh

Maybe a more appropriate sub-forum than "Scuttlebutt - Our Community" would have resulted in more attention?


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Re: Opening Portlights

Thank you. I was looking at them since they have an angle version. They are plastic from what I saw on line. I wanted the NFM ports but from what I see some water would remain at the base of the window.
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