Alan...No it's not condensation!!! If I drill a hole in the lower frame, above the lower gasket
, it can't let in any more water than is already there. Water fills up to the edge of the external frame or the port or the screen.
Jim... Port hoods? Never heard or seen them. Any links? Wouldn't thet stop the air movement / ventilation.
Delmarrey...I contacted the manufacturer of Bomar Ports
, They claim they haven't any inquiries on leaking issues. It was hard to believe their recommendations are to replace all port seals
every 7-10 years. I could agree if the seals were hard and cracking. But that is not the condition of mine. They have changed the hatch
design from two seams to one, eliminating the seam on the bottom center for obvious reasons.
I'm in MI and the boat is in FL so I'm not sure what one I have.
But that still doesn't address the issue of the trough that is formed between the hatch
and the external frame above the gasket (1/2"). Even more when the screen is installed. I can't believe anyone else out there isn't getting soaked everytime they open their ports!!!
My last option I guess (Unless someone out there replys) is to replace the gaskets and locate the gasket at the bottom of the port, higher to the edge of the frame to eliminate the trough for water to pool. Then, I'll have to drill a hole thru the screen frame to allow the remaining water to drain (which rises the frame another 1/2").
Would a couple of you out there check your ports for the location of the gasket to the height of the external frame and let me know???
I'm sure a gasket located at or near the height of the external frame should eliminate the trough of pooling water and leaking.