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Old 29-06-2008, 10:55   #1
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What *is* this thing??

I have a pair of these things, found in my bilge.

They are labeled "port" and "stbd".

They are not the size or shape of any port, hatch or any opening in my hull.

Any ideas? My wife thought they may have been part of the old propane refrigerator that was replaced on this boat.

I haven't a clue!

Any Catalac owners have these things aboard?
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Old 29-06-2008, 12:36   #2
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I think from looking at them that they are, No. their perspex. they look like replacement windows fitted from the outside, used in an emergency if you break your glass. try to see if they fit..other than that I'm scuppered.
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Old 29-06-2008, 17:23   #3
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I agree with frankdeegan they look as if they have something to do with the windows. With them being tented the following guesses come to mind.

Purhaps they snap on over the existing ports to protect the glass?

Possibly storm windows for added insulation in the winter?

Or wind deflectors to deflect freash air into the boat?

And my final guess is maybe the po was working on sun visors for the ports maybe even to connect to the bimini or dodger.

Is it possible to get in contact with the po to find out what it was about?
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The aluminum part on top that says "port"... What is the shape of that? It's not clear in the picture of it's straight, an "L", or an "L" with tabs like the two lower tabs. Also the gray things on the bottom - are they part of it as well?

Regardless of those bits, the tabs and slots may give some hint that it's designed to slide into place, whatever that place may be.

I suppose it could be part of a fridge - maybe one on each side that a divider or shelf hung on? Does the water line give a clue that they once sat in something that was wet and at an angle, or could that just be from where they are stored.

A fun mystery!
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It could be that if its a used boat the previous owners didn't know it was there it they are left over scraps from the factory.
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Old 01-07-2008, 23:36   #6
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They are not the size or shape of any port, hatch or any opening in my hull.
Even though you say they don't match any ports on your boat I would venture a guess that they are skylights for teh deck hatches shown in the attached photo.

The cutouts fit the hinges and the angles hold it centered.

just a guess...
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Ex-Calif, what kind of cat is that?
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The title said Catalac 9m (I think)
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:55   #11
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Thanks....

I had lost track of this thread somehow. Thank you for the ideas. As it doesn't fit any port or hatch and can't clip on in any way, I think I may get rid of them. I'm trying to trim extra weight since I have a wood stove coming on board soon.
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Go ahead and throw them away Sully. That's always the best way to find out two days later what they are so you can buy new ones.
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Go ahead and throw them away Sully. That's always the best way to find out two days later what they are so you can buy new ones.
Ha ha ha!

Isn't that the truth! They are probably some integral part of something-or-other. If weight wasn't an issue with cats, I would keep them, but... if it not used, I want to have it off here so the boat continues to sail well.
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I bet it is something the previous owner put down there just to confuse the new owner.
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how big and heavy are they?
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