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Old 14-01-2009, 21:53   #31
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While the ports are out you should consider repair or replacement. Check with Lewmar and see what they think.

Remember crazed lenses are much weaker than OEM parts.

As previously stated crazing will defiantly happen. You can slow it down by using the proper cleaners and covering the ports and hatches when not in use. But its going to happen to everyone.

If you walk into a shop and they ask you what are those funny looking parts, be careful. Work with a fabricator who specializes in plastics for marine use.

The advise of using mild soap and water is spot on.

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Old 14-01-2009, 22:50   #32
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Hey Tony - I THOUGHT you sounded "familiar". I contacted you a couple of weeks ago about seals for my portlights. I replaced the "glass" myself on all 12 last weekend. Cost was about $5 a piece vs $120 a piece from Lewmar sources. Took about 2 hours to make all 12.

Removed the old seals, dug out all the old crud and silicone, and put them back in. No, they don't leak. We sprayed them with a high pressure hose for quite a while, and not a drip.

However, I'm still interested in replacing the seals. Frankly, I can get the seals for less from WM or Defender than from you, which is why I didn't order them. I can also get them from the UK for about the same, including shipping. I'm awaiting a quote from friend with a yacht service business that can get me them at wholesale.

If you are still interested, I am too. Just about everything on the boat is Lewmar. 8 winches, 8 opening hatches, 12 portlights, etc.
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Old 15-01-2009, 08:09   #33
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Dont want to break any rules so PM me to discuss seals and price. I would suggest that if you can get lewmar seals or somthing that will work more inexpensivly, jump on it.

Defender is a good company with hot pricing. I would follow up with them.

Good job on the ports.

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