I have 10 opening potlights on my 1980 Hunter
. They are all matching, plastic Gray Enterprises ports
. The four aft most are enormous 8.75" x 18.25" cutouts. The one over my stove
gets a ton of opening an closing as I live abroad and use it for a handy cooking exhaust
combined with a little usb fan. it's broken in six places. All the little fiddly bits of the hinges and dogs
are cracking. Looking closely this design seems flimsy. So I want to replace with metal ports
The problem is the size fo these ports. Unless I am mistaken none of the major manufacturers offer a rectangular size like this. The larger sizes are usually longer and squatter. Obviously I could go with a slightly bigger size and cut a larger hole, but I haven't found much that would work
I have found the very popular Newfound Metals makes sizes that seem to match near exactly with all of my ports in bronze
and stainless. This is a possible option, but they are expensive ($600 for one of my big ones without the accessories).
I would love to know if there are other options out there in a cheeper options out there, perhaps in aluminium, and ideally in a modern design where the frame itself is attaches the the outboard
ring and clamped to an inner ring rather an the more traditional opposite. The standard Lewmar work
this way for example.
Oh one more thing, my cabin
top sides are at a 20 degree angle so good drainage is a must.
Am I missing a product out there for me? Are there other threads with good info on options?