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Old 07-04-2017, 08:08   #1
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Beckson Port Lights (Gasket Replacement)

I recently installed several new Beckon port lights. After discovering one missing gasket, I ordered a replacement. I could install a port light in under an hour, replacement of the gasket is almost impossible.

Has anyone had issues with these port lights? This is a very poor design. I wish I had done a bit more research before buying these.

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Re: Beckson Port Lights (Gasket Replacement)

I replaced all the port lights gaskets on my boat two years ago. I dunked the gaskets in a mixture of dishwasher soap and water. The first I tried dry, it's impossible. With water only it works too, but it went much easier once I added a bit of soap.
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Re: Beckson Port Lights (Gasket Replacement)

Are you sure you purchased the correct size? I've replaced several last year and they all went in pretty easily. just have to anchor one corner with a thumb so it doesn't want to fall out until you get it all in and there is a bit of tension on the gasket. My 9 year old daughter installed a couple up in the V-berth by herself.
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Re: Beckson Port Lights (Gasket Replacement)

Yeah, it's time consuming and tedious. We did two of our eight last year when we replaced the screens (30 years old). "Have patience, my friend," a beer or two for purely medicinal reasons (i.e., your thumb!!!) never hurts - makes time fly by.

Otherwise, the ports are just great. I like them better than the reports about "Leaky Lewmars."

Good luck.

Oh, and reread the RTFM, too. Never hurts. Make sure the channels are clean, clean, clean.
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Re: Beckson Port Lights (Gasket Replacement)

The soapy water worked. Thanks! I also think that after working with the gasket for "hours' it became more malleable. I am still not impressed with the port lights, but they look fine and now it's done.
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Re: Beckson Port Lights (Gasket Replacement)

Was not the wrong size, but the gasket was very difficult to work with. I am not certain of the issue, maybe a different size than yours. The gasket did eventually go in.
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