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  1. First Fixed Port - Installed at Last

    Today we had a sunny 43F day at the marina. I scraped a little of last night's snow from the deck near the port opening and scrubbed and scraped the duct tape residue from the edges with mineral spirits. After a quick wipe down with acetone to remove the spirit remnants (cold day slow evaporation) I outlined the outer surface with blue painters tape. The stain from many years of accumulated weathering made it easy to see the margin of the frame around the opening. I had a uniform 1/4 inch overlap ...
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  2. Sealing the Glass and Gasket into the Frame

    Leaking around the port's glass is a major concern for me. Is there a "permanent" sealing solution that also will allow the next guy to get the frame and glass apart?

    The gasket material in my fixed port frames appears to be vinyl and it is still shiny black and flexible. The inside has a lip that remains above the frame after the glass is seated in the channel. The outside of the gasket seats down below the edge of the frame about a tenth of an inch. There was a beautiful ...
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  3. Disassembly of the fixed port frame

    After taking the assembled port around looking for information or expertise and finding not much help (what is "window gimp" again?), I took the frame apart today. It was a very interesting procedure and similar to the descriptions from past threads. There were short sheet metal screws holding the frame halves together. Phillips, thank goodness. The screws were hard to get out. There was interference between the screw head and the inner edge of the frame and I used a hacksaw on the head ...
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  4. First Salon Fixed Port is removed ... that wasn't the plan

    The forward left fixed port was leaking around the outside of the frame, at both ends, at the corners. Removing the beauty ring on the inside last week was probably not a good idea in my case. I confirmed the leaks when I started removing the rotted interior plywood panel. I've got some plywood to replace it with, so I was just going to fit the new plywood around the window, but finding the leaks put an end to that plan.

    While cleaning up the last of the wood stuck to the cabin wall, ...
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  5. Dorade and Salon Leak update

    The rainy days since I started the second dorade box repair and taped it all closed have verified that the leak near the dinette/head bulkhead is probably (mostly) from there. Seven of the eight snap holes around the salon hatch are filled. The last one is a bottomless pit so there must be a void under there. I think the next attempt will fill that one. No epoxy is leaking out of the overhead.

    The slight leak in the aft left corner of the salon hatch lens seal is larger this fall. ...
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