Ahoy, I have to seal all portlight holes for re-installation of smaller porlights, any ideas on how to get a real strong repair in the 1" thick cabin, before cutting new holes for portlights? I know the best way is to use the existing holes but I got a deal on 6-5"x9"x 3/8 glass aluminum opening portlights to go in 6"x16" holes that were merely covered with plexiglass! I want strength in this repair so seeking advise...... thanks for input For '76 Columbia 9.6 #42
He had my buy plate fiberglass. Way tough stuff. He shaped that to take up the gap between old and new. I also ground down cabin material from the outside so the overlay material would be laid up thick. Glassed it all in. Not as bad as it sounds with the plate material. Got it at a place called "Plastics Depot" if I remember.
Very worth it. Took years off the boat with more modern portlights and hatches.
Thanks for input, It seems that glassing in old holes is sufficient into beveled sides of holes, thanks for link, am clearer now what will work. It is a lot of work but well worth it! Scored 6- 5"x9"x3/8" glass, rectangle, opening, aluminum portlights from a salvage shop so I'm stoked!
Project on no schedule, proceeding, posting pictures, have carpentry experience? Don't be intimidated! It is like any other medium an artist would work in....wood, metals, ceramic, fiberglass, epoxy....there is so much info on the net (God in a box!) or the other guy! But the collective consciousness is here man! My info is no different, just lose the fear and go for it!