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Old 08-02-2016, 21:24   #1
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Portlight recomendation

We are sailing around the world and came to the Marshall Islands, so we can order in supplies to do work on the boat before continuing. So many portlights to choose from, with little time to review, order and get mailed here, so we can install and have a dry boat! We are looking at molded nylon by Bowmar, for the price and because it wont rust! But will it hold up in the sun and tropics? Any recommendations are welcome. Thanks
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Old 09-02-2016, 04:23   #2
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Re: Portlight recomendation

New Found Metals...well made and many sizes...Definitely more pricey than plastic...last ones I bought about $250-300 each, well worth the money for a lifetime purchase.


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Old 09-02-2016, 05:13   #3
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Re: Portlight recomendation

Hood Ports in 316 stainless will last forever and look much nicer than the plastic ones.
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Old 09-02-2016, 06:41   #4
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Re: Portlight recomendation

I replaced my plastic ports with stainless from New Found Metals. Great product, very well made and good support from the factory. Didn't check pricing on every other SS port on the market but the other brands I did check were much more expensive than the ones from New Found Metals.

Also, as noted, they come in a lot of different sizes and shapes.
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Old 09-02-2016, 06:50   #5
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Re: Portlight recomendation

Another vote for New Found Metals. We replaced our bronze ABI ports a few years ago with the stainless NFM ones. The NFM ports are very well made, and we are very happy with them.

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Old 09-02-2016, 07:24   #6
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Re: Portlight recomendation

New Found Metals does also offer a plastic port with stainless accents that is about 90% the quality of the more expensive metal one. Their plastic framed ports are much stronger and better looking than the plastic offerings of other manufacturers.

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Re: Portlight recomendation

Another New Found Metals happy customer here, replaced all eight of mine with stainless version 414, had Beckson originally, no comparison.
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Old 09-02-2016, 16:18   #8
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Re: Portlight recomendation

OK, we have not checked NFM, thanks so much, will get right on it. Just found Bowman, Vetus, etc. Vetus has a nice aluminum that is the right size.
Really appreciate the feedback! Thanks so much!!
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Re: Portlight recomendation

Spartan makes beautiful bronze opening ports and deadlights among a host of other fittings.
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