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Old 14-07-2016, 01:26   #1
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Sealing Windows

Just was wondering what the best product is to seal your windows on a sailboat? The boat I just bought has some leaks around both large windows, port and starboard. The window is held in place with several stainless steel bolts so it appears easy to remove. I plan on sealing the windows and replacing the interior cabin boards around them. Just was wondering if plain old silicone would work or is there something better out there?
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Old 14-07-2016, 05:01   #2
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Re: Sealing Windows

If you get the Butyl tape that they use for vacuum bagging, you'll not have any more problems. It's clean to work with, and clean to remove if you have to replace the windows later.

Don't get the crap they sell for motor homes, it's not the same stuff.

Member "Maine sail" sells some stuff that he says is very good. With his reputation, I'd bet it'll work for you.

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Old 14-07-2016, 06:21   #3
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Re: Sealing Windows

http://www.thecoastalpassage.com/windows.html

Here's a very good article on this.


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Old 14-07-2016, 06:35   #4
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Re: Sealing Windows

This is how I fixed mine.
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Re: Sealing Windows

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If you get the Butyl tape that they use for vacuum bagging, you'll not have any more problems. It's clean to work with, and clean to remove if you have to replace the windows later.

Don't get the crap they sell for motor homes, it's not the same stuff.

Member "Maine sail" sells some stuff that he says is very good. With his reputation, I'd bet it'll work for you.

Cheers.
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Thanks for the advice. After reading about this tape, I can see why it holds so well and seals out the water. It is made for high temps where as the other tapes are not and down her in the South the heat is a problem. I think that I will try a double fix and see how it goes, the tape and a flexible sealant. Maybe doing it this way will prolong the life of my interior when redone. LOL

Thanks to everyone for the input and hope everyone has Sunny Days and Brisk Wind!!!
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Re: Sealing Windows

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If you get the Butyl tape that they use for vacuum bagging, you'll not have any more problems. It's clean to work with, and clean to remove if you have to replace the windows later.

Don't get the crap they sell for motor homes, it's not the same stuff.

Member "Maine sail" sells some stuff that he says is very good. With his reputation, I'd bet it'll work for you.

Cheers.
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+1 on this - Have just redone my windows with it.
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Re: Sealing Windows

recommend Mainsail's version. Good stuff.
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