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Old 02-02-2009, 19:03   #1
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We need new portholes

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We have several very leaky portholes that need to be replaced. I was wondering if anyone had an recommendations or comments about the various manufacturers and places to get them CHEAP.

Also, the previous owner purchased one from newfoundmetals.com but never got around to installing or ordering the rest. I am wondering if anyone has installed these and if they like them or not.

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Old 02-02-2009, 19:23   #2
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I have 9 New Found Metal ports...REALLY nice stuff. Not the easiest to install though. Let me know if you need help...
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Old 02-02-2009, 19:25   #3
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which one did you get?
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Old 02-02-2009, 19:34   #4
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The boat I'm building will have New Found Metal ports and their new, not yet available, hatches. They make a great product at very competitive price!

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5" X 12", 1 1/2" depth, all stainless, but that really doesn't have much bearing on your boat...
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Even the good ports need to be re bedded from time to time.
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What kind do you have now? As noted above, the installation doesn't last forever... But, rebuilding your current ones and reinstalling is usually much cheaper than new.
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Will soon be ordering new found metal stainless ports for our Endeavour.
Looked at many and none are as nice and well made as these. The costs add up though. for 16 ports with screens, teak rings, calk and hardware it will cost almost 6 Grand.
But if you only have a few, it won't be to bad.

Waiting for their hatches to come out as well.
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16 PORTS!!????? Is that a typo?
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16 PORTS!!????? Is that a typo?
LOL.. no, wish in a way it was.
The endeavour 40 is very well ventilated with 7 ports port, and 7 starboard with 2 aft. Also has 4 hatches as well.

8 of those are 7x15, and the other 8 are 5x12.

Great ventilaion on board, but currently has multiple leaks, all of those ports are crazed and hazy, and can't wait to be able to change them out.
But the cost... ouch.

My neighbor has a morgan 38 next to me wtih New found metals stainless ports, and they look great.
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Bob, I dont mean this to be in the least discouraging, but just so you know, these NFM ports dont just "drop in". I'm sure you read the installation instructions by now, on using the "rented" template for proper hole shape and mounting hole drilling. Also, use a router for cutting the final hole edges and dimensions. All this turns out to be a fair amount of work (read "HARD"), but like most good things, it's worth it in the end. There are a couple great blogs out there on the web about NFM port installations. Look 'em up, as the NFM instruction leave alittle to be desired. You will need the countersink dohicky, the template (s), and most certainly a router (trim or small reg.). I still have my 5X12 template...I'll sell it to ya if you need it. Dont hesitate to PM if you need anything, Chris
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Just because your ports are crazed, doesn't mean you have to throw them away. We just finished replacing the acrylic in 12 lewmar portlights. Total cost? $45. About $4 a portlight.

If your portlights are just a piece of acrylic, a router table and a couple of bits will make you new windows. If you don't have a router, find a friend with one. It took me a couple of hours to make all 12.
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Bob, I dont mean this to be in the least discouraging, but just so you know, these NFM ports dont just "drop in". I'm sure you read the installation instructions by now, on using the "rented" template for proper hole shape and mounting hole drilling. Also, use a router for cutting the final hole edges and dimensions. All this turns out to be a fair amount of work (read "HARD"), but like most good things, it's worth it in the end. There are a couple great blogs out there on the web about NFM port installations. Look 'em up, as the NFM instruction leave alittle to be desired. You will need the countersink dohicky, the template (s), and most certainly a router (trim or small reg.). I still have my 5X12 template...I'll sell it to ya if you need it. Dont hesitate to PM if you need anything, Chris
Thanks for the info Chris.
Yeah I have reveiwed the NFM instructions as well as a few on the web.
Frankly it doesn't look to bad, just time consuming. While I am doing that, I intend on removing the teak venier inside and replacing it with formica, as the damage over the years from leakage is unsightly, and painting the outside cabin trunk with a 2 part epoxy. And I expect to find some damage from leaks as well around a few ports. I expect remvoing the teak will be the hardest part of this job. I have all the tools for this.

This was going to be a "in a couple of years" project, but the leakage is such that I feel it is probably better to do sooner than later.
Yeah I could just epoxy them all and seal them for now, but I don't want to do that.

The beckerson ports on the Endeavour are imo pretty bad, and not worth fixing in any way. Better to just get rid of them while enhancing the value of the boat significantly to us. They look great.

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