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Old 30-06-2010, 19:49   #16
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So would one of these things concern you on a blue water boat? Assuming it was not leaking, and the fittings and bolts looked ok, would preemptive remove, reseal and replace be needed? How often?

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About as often as you would remove, reseal and replace a thru-hull.
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Old 01-07-2010, 05:05   #17
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So would one of these things concern you on a blue water boat?
I'd probably not want to open it too often...........

...........But not impossible to add a belt and braces arrangement to create a watertight compartment around the porthole "just in case". Of course it would then be useful to have a porthole into that watertight compartment..............
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:45   #18
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Viewing ports are common on race boats. Funny story, a race boat motoring home hit a floating branch, the prop grabbed the branch and forced it up through the viewing port. Made for an interesting trip.
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I raced on a farr 38 with 2 veiwing ports,1 for the rudder and 1for the keel;imteristing after the race having a beer.
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One of the bigger yachts, Caliber I think, has a single area up into the body of the boat and contains all the thru hulls etc for easy access. Now this got me thinking. How about a dive hatch with a clear port in it- we could check the undersides for monsters, have all the thru-hulls in a convenient place, and go diving with complete privacy! Useful when you find that Spanish Galleon....
Of course the top of the hatch would have to be above the waterline....
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At last ... something useful to do with an outboard well ... fit a perspex base.
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I used to race on a 60ft X-yacht (X612) It had one of these - but it was so badly scored you couldn't see through it.
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So would one of these things concern you on a blue water boat? Assuming it was not leaking, and the fittings and bolts looked ok, would preemptive remove, reseal and replace be needed? How often?

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