I have an Islander 32 with 4x14 beckson opening portlights
. They leak. All of them. Even with new gaskets.
I ordered new gaskets and installed one carefully. It says to use a fiber hammer or something similar to hammer the gasket
in the little groove. You even have to stretch the gasket
to make it thin enough to go into the slot then the slot is even thinner around the corners. To get the right amount of stretch so that the gasket either doesn't pucker at the end or comes up too short it a REAL CHALLENGE. 4 tries and I just about have it. I even removed the portlight from the boat so I could work on it on a bench. What a nightmare.
Then on top of it all even though they say it will drain up to 45 degrees, it doesn't. Water
collects behind the screen
about 1/4 inch deep and gushes out on the cushions
when opened later.
Does anyone have any tips or tricks to install these gaskets so they won't leak??
And question 2: does anyone have any ideas for a stormshield for the outside. Those little shades don't work either. Rain rarely comes straight down. Sideways most of the time. Then there is green water
over the deck
Thanks all, Harry