Originally Posted by Ramblingman
They look great.
I really am impressed by the NFM ports, the customer service
and overall experience.
We are down to the last 5 of 17 ports on our refit
. The change the look of the boat inside and out,
Did the new ones dress up the interior as well? Make the boat look a few levels up in overall appeal?
I used the teak
spacers provided by Newfound Metals that add about a half inch to the span for the spigots, but I formed these in order to accommodate a curve in my hull
. I left the top center of these teak
spacers at a thickness of about 15mm and 10mm at the bottom center; while grading them down to about 7mm thicknesses at the ends. This allowed the interior of my new port lights to fit well against the concave turn of my aft hull
for this area. The outer frame was easier to conform with some bending, but more sealant
was placed at the ends than the centers.
I have some 43 year old original vinyl lining that had some damage before my install on the interior. I'm thinking of using a horizontal sheet of cork material to span the aft area where the ports are, though most of this is just above shelving and will not be very visible.
I'm always better with function than pretty, but I'll put something together that will pass for acceptable appearance on the interior.
So, here is a photo
of what I have left to do inside....
You see that I cut away a large portion of the vinyl, but I can't keep this section anyway. There's more vinyl damage to the center and what I cut off was split an curled. You'll also notice that the fiberglass
liner stands more proud than the darker stained teak back-up plate for the ports. This is especially true at the ends of the ports where I shaved the teak spacer down to 7 mm thick to adjust for the curve. I'm considering the cork covering for the vinyl strip that runs horizontally and some trim, maybe cork too, in the gap around the port just outside the teak. Nancie might have an opinion here. As I said, function comes first and then I can take my time and play with "pretty".