Originally Posted by bcboomer
I can't imagine any way to reliably and permanently seal a flush window. I'd bite the bullet and put in New Found Metal portlights
If you follow the installation
shown by Maine
Sail you can forget worrying about leaks
. As a bonus you can open them for lots of fresh air.
I believe you have a balsa cored hull
. If so, hopefully the portlight openings were isolated during construction.
Mine weren't and it was quite a challenge to get out all the damp balsa and replace it.
A sleek hull
looks nice but not as nice as a leak proof one.
It will be hard to just replace these ports
with the same crap that was there originally. It will leak again. So I buy the new found metals approach in terms of preventing water
from entering the core
So going forward with new found metals, the first issue is the latch collapsing when the waves come. These are not cabin
top windows. They are in the hull so they spend time under water
while heeled underway. This is a voyaging boat
, so this could be weeks. So now I have to worry about the gasket
and the latch and durability while under water. It would be nice to hear form folks that have these in their hull.
Second issue is interior
. My teak
spacer would have to be almost 1/2" If you look at the pics, I have vertical furring strips(they are teak
but I dont know what else to callmthem) and then horizontal teak slats. So I cannot put the new found metals interior
frame against the hull. It would have to come out flush with the finish slats. Which are probably 5/8" raised from the hull. So that spacer would have to carry a lot of compression
And on the outside, the sleek look does not worry me, but i will have to take off and cut away parts
of the teak rub rail. Which has to be done anyway. Its probably another source of water ingress. So this would significantly alter the look of an FD-12. All of a sudden you'll have this stainless frame typical of the newer tayanas. But on those, these frames are recessed. So Im afraid it might end up looking crappy.