Thanks for the compliments, Jmolan! There are lots of acceptable ways to install your fixed and opening ports
. For myself, I don't like putting screws into plexi, so for my fixed ports
I simply layed them inside the opening of the cabinside, backed by an interior
finish ring, and well sealed with 3M 4000 UV. Yeah, I know how tough it is to remove, but unless they get destroyed, they will be there another 15 years or so if I'm around to replace them. Then, I fitted an identical finish ring to the outside of the cabinside to hold the panes and protect the sealant
from UV. I'll repost the pics in a later post. For the opening port in the sterncastle, I saw no option but to drill holes and use machine screws to hold the piano hinge in place. I used special plexiglass drill bits (a different bit angle that doesn't tend to fracture the glass as it enters), slightly countersunk all holes to relieve stresses, and placed the flathead on the interior portion of the window, well bedded in 4200 to act as a cushion. I used acorn nuts outside, atop the piano hinge, BUT DIDN'T TIGHTEN THEM DOWN UNTIL THE SEALANT
CURED, allowing the cushion effect to work for me as the plexi expands and contracts in heat and cold. Also, I used a piece of that electrical
sealing tape that you can get that is used to seal coax connectors, underneath the piano hinge, again, for cushion. Your fixed ports look almost identical to mine, except, having a 40, I have one long set in the aft cabin
, spanning the additional frame.
It was a royal pain with all the details, but it's worth it after several years if you have no leaks
. One less thing to fret about. On your wing tramps, do you ever find the spray from waves in the "tunnel", to be a nuisance?
I am in the process of getting my genoa
track and winch
drums reanodized. The traveller and cars were too pitted from exposure, and too old to find replacement parts
, to do the same, so I'm replacing them with a Harken
set. I'll probably do the same with the sail track when I overhaul
this winter or spring. I think you will find the powder coating to be too brittle for the sail tracks, but they should hold up okay for the cleats
. I'm quite interested in your success with the synthetics for the rigging, and I'm hoping to hear more as you progress with it.