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Old 02-06-2008, 17:59   #16
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Sweetsailor,

The peekaboo's cover only the interior lens, glass, whatever. For most portlights these are standard sizes. However, the company also custom makes the wee rascals. Give them the dimensions or a template and they will accomodate you.

They are a plastic material that have opaque vertical stripes imbedded. Two pieces, one inboard and the other outboard are capable of sliding about one half inch, the thickness of the stripe. When slid together the whole arrangement is more or less opaque, slid the other direction they let the light in.

The only problem I've had is that they are held to the window by velcro tabs. The adhesive on the tabs is not the greatest when subject to the heat that a closed boat can accumulate. Sooo, when the first tabs started to pop off, a drop of contact cement to replace the expired adhesive took care of that. Right now, I'd say they are about 5 years old and going strong.

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The Peakaboo shutters are quite cool!

Thanks for sharing.
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The Peek a Booos look neat; excepting the problem common to all “verticals”.
You have to keep adjusting them as the sun transits the sky.
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Old 05-06-2008, 07:24   #19
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Actually Gord there is no adjustment needed on the Peekaboos. Basically, slide a half inch and they are either open or closed. I would note though that even in the full open position about half the surface area is obscured by the vertical stripe. This is not a problem for us in that there isn't that much of a view to begin with. We just wanted something for privacy and to also help keep a little of the heat out of the boat in the summer.

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I made mine out of sunbrella. Very simple. They attach to the existing track at the top. Have a 3/8 wooden dowel sewn in the bottom and are rolled up and secured with a velcro strap. When rolled up they can hardly be seen and totally out of the way. above the port when opened. Which is a good thing because all our ports are Spartan Bronze/glass opening ports and having shades that slide to the side is an unsightly pain as they are always in the way and look like hell.
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Here is a link to some very nice looking homemade pleated shades for portlights: Capt Al
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I have used the cheapest and quickest and simple sx for shades I get scraps of spinnaker cloth(ripstop) cut it a little bit larger than port light and apply stick on velcro circles on cloth and port light boarders - label each cover with ballpoint or marker- they go on and off fast and easy and roll up or store flat and I carry spare material and a scissor so I can make more as needed
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Rodney_K: I saw those home-made ones ... thanks!

All: Defender was soooo much less than the others. Installing the new Ocean Air blinds soon. We got them where the cassette that holds everything is cream-colored so it will blend in with the bulkhead. I'll post pics soon once we get them up
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Been pondering this one...

Wonder about flexible solar panels. Would be pretty cool to make some power off of that light, and they'd never be anywhere you could step on them!

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