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Old 26-09-2011, 09:18   #1
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New Found Metals: TRI-Matrix Ports

I am replacing all of my old and worn standard ports with opening ports as part of my full boat restoration. I've settled on New Found Metals through many testimonials and references. However, most people have recommended going with their stainless or bronze ports. Unfortunately, those are a bit out of my price range, but they offer an less expensive alternative in the TRI-Matrix ports:

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Does anyone have any experience with these ports or wish to offer testimonial (good or bad) about these? They appear to be more solid than any other brand of non-metal ports, and the price is right. I like that they have a gasket as part of the unit. If there is an overwhelming "NO! Don't get these!" I will probably drop the cash for stainless ports.

For reference, I am rebuilding a Downeaster 38 to go cruising in the tropics. Will be doing plenty of off-shore passages, but do not plan on high latitude cruising.

On a side note about purchasing ports from NFM, is there a potential savings by purchasing them all (I will need 6) at a boat show? Has anyone experienced getting a discount with NFM before?

I need to make the decision soon as I will be cutting out the templates while I am in the process of making dust and mess in the cabin.

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Old 27-09-2011, 20:00   #2
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Re: New Found Metals: TRI-Matrix Ports

I haven't seen NFM give any discounts at boat shows that would be considered interesting. I believe NFM sells or rents templates for their ports, although I would be tempted to wait on making the cuts until you actually have the ports in hand. I know Wally Bryant on Stella Blue installed the composite ports with good success. Here is his write up on the installation: Replace Leaking Boat Windows with Opening Ports

Good luck with the project
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Old 29-09-2011, 06:45   #3
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I haven't seen NFM give any discounts at boat shows that would be considered interesting. I believe NFM sells or rents templates for their ports, although I would be tempted to wait on making the cuts until you actually have the ports in hand. I know Wally Bryant on Stella Blue installed the composite ports with good success. Here is his write up on the installation: Replace Leaking Boat Windows with Opening Ports

Good luck with the project
thanks a bunch!
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Old 14-11-2011, 16:06   #4
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I replaced all my portholes on my Passport 40 with NFM SS portholes. They are very well made and worth the price. They usually have a boat show special. I would highly recommend their product.
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Let us know how it turns out. We've been considering NFM for port replacement also.
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Re: New Found Metals: TRI-Matrix Ports

I purchased our new ports from New Found Metals at the Miami Boat Show at a good price for our Cheoy Lee Clipper 36. First port took me 2 1/2 days to replace but by the time I got to the last port it only took 4 hours. Learning curve got much better. Their patterns that they rent are a great help. We have had them installed now for two years and really love them. No more leaks. E-mail me at clsailor@sprynet.com if you are going to do the job yourself and I will give you some of the helpfull hints that I found in this job.
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Old 14-11-2011, 17:40   #7
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Check them out at Passport 40 – S/V Grendel | Passport 40 – Sailing Vessel Grendel
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Re: New Found Metals: TRI-Matrix Ports

Thanks everyone. I am currently set on the Tri Matrix ports, but I think the thickness of the cabinside may be too much for them. If that is the case, I will have to go with the SS ports. Either way, I am pretty set on NFM and will be ordering from them. If I push the project off till I see them at the boat show, I will try buying there.
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Re: New Found Metals: TRI-Matrix Ports

While I can't comment on the specific Tri Matrix ports, I have installed NFM SS round ports in my steel pilothouse cutter:

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I am very pleased with the quality, the price and the service I received in the form of verifying some questions I had over the phone. The plastic rings are going to be buried behind insulation, and are simply spacers to accommodate the stand-off required by a thicker fibreglass hull.

One thing I found slightly odd was that NFM, an American firm, is apparently all metric. I could not find the 6 mm SS bolts in the right length I needed without going to a suburban contractor outlet specializing in a full range of fasteners. It wasn't more than a slight inconvenience for me (and I found that the place had silicon bronze screws I'll need later on), but I don't know if Americans can easily source metric bolts as easily as I could in Toronto.

I bedded with butyl and 4200. No leaks so far, and the screens are great.
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Re: New Found Metals: TRI-Matrix Ports

We installed the SS ports, The Trawler Beach House: 15 Steps To New Ports On The Boat and I agree that the holes should not be cut until the ports are in hand and each one cut to fit. We are extremely pleased with the ports and the price, even without a discount was better than we could find any place else for the same quality. Chuck
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While I can't comment on the specific Tri Matrix ports, I have installed NFM SS round ports in my steel pilothouse cutter:

The world encompassed: Bright and butyl full



I am very pleased with the quality, the price and the service I received in the form of verifying some questions I had over the phone. The plastic rings are going to be buried behind insulation, and are simply spacers to accommodate the stand-off required by a thicker fibreglass hull.

One thing I found slightly odd was that NFM, an American firm, is apparently all metric. I could not find the 6 mm SS bolts in the right length I needed without going to a suburban contractor outlet specializing in a full range of fasteners. It wasn't more than a slight inconvenience for me (and I found that the place had silicon bronze screws I'll need later on), but I don't know if Americans can easily source metric bolts as easily as I could in Toronto.

I bedded with butyl and 4200. No leaks so far, and the screens are great.
The reason for metrics is because their stainless ports are all manufactured in mainland China.
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Re: New Found Metals: TRI-Matrix Ports

I've had Tri-Matrix ports on my Endeavour 35 for more than 5 years. I installed 4 of the 5 x 12, and 8 of the 7 x 15 ports. I'm experiencing a stickyness and shrinking of the rubber gasket the seals the plastic window to the movable frame. Some are now leaking around this gasket.

My question is this condition due to the cleaner being used, Plexus; the sun, this is Seattle; or a poor quality of rubber used as the gasket?

Anyone experiencing similar?

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I've had Tri-Matrix ports on my Endeavour 35 for more than 5 years. I installed 4 of the 5 x 12, and 8 of the 7 x 15 ports. I'm experiencing a stickyness and shrinking of the rubber gasket the seals the plastic window to the movable frame. Some are now leaking around this gasket.

My question is this condition due to the cleaner being used, Plexus; the sun, this is Seattle; or a poor quality of rubber used as the gasket?

Anyone experiencing similar?

Jim
I know this thread is a bit old, but I am looking at these ports as well. I have never heard anything bad about them, except for some one that they were too big for his side decks. Has anyone else had this happen?
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Old 10-09-2012, 18:13   #14
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Re: New Found Metals: TRI-Matrix Ports

I have the SS ports, installed about 5 years ago. Two leaked for the first time in some rough conditions. It's nice to now that a very simple adjustment of the dogs will tighten them up. They have performed as I hoped, and exceeded my expectations.
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