Fixing my Columbia
by removing the old grey plexiglass windows (non-opening ports
-I'll get the lingo down soon...), with the option of nice brass port holes. Ventilation thus far is forward and aft hatches.
The sleek racing
design of progressively smaller windows towards the bow consists of two each side in the main salon
, then one in the starboard head
/port side closet. The option of v-birth window light/ ventilation beyond the ceiling hatch
requires drilling new fiberglass
My choices are: mess with the original design aesthetics with brass portholes, or replace and seal up with new grey plexiglass.
What would my contractor do if it were HIS boat? Leave the design alone. Later, I can always add new ceiling hatches in the salon
for even better
ventilation and added light. He explained how water
would get trapped and come in whenever I opened them near the bow, and I could at best only use them at anchor
So I'm hoping for members' thoughts on this. would I ruin the look or just make it different? Also, Even if I keep the original design, proper ventilation for the head
is a concern, but a ceiling hatch
may be the answer there? I don't want to do an open window if I don't match it on the closet.
The brass portholes I can get for $20 a piece so I may buy them for the price
and trade/sell them.