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    Wanted Fixed Port !988 Mark III

    Seeking a starboard side aft fixed port for 1988 Ericson mark III. (right above the stove)
    Repaired leak three years ago and last evening I stood for 5 minutes as the glass just cracked totally before my eyes.
    Anyway, looked at the hassle to replace the tempered glass in the frame and figure if anyone has a frame with glass i would go that route.

    Call me if you have one to sell 703-431-1280...or email: gjh@gregharrislaw.com

    thanks.

    Greg Harris

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    port glass

    Good luck Greg,

    I approached this problem the same way and found out that Ericson ports did not follow a standardized design. After several false starts (wonderful fellow Ericson owners provided me with their unused ports) I found that none fit my 1983 Ericson 30+.

    I am currently looking for the specialized glass god that can find a replacement for the ONE port glass I dropped... Damn.

    mjs

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    Question

    Replacement EY fixed port questions come up regularly. Relying on memory without searching, I sort of recall that their signature trapezoidal port shape was special ordered from Lewmar. No joy nowadays when a replacement is wanted...
    Plan B might be to have a replacement built. There is a company or two in our area and certainly some where you are that can do this. IIRC the only limitation is the radius of the frame corner, and that they may not have the sharper angle of the stock EY port corners.

    Plan C, and only mentioned because it is the stock fixed port scheme used on the Olson's, is an external lens with no framing. Less 'fancy' but easier to keep water tight.

    http://www.boatwindows.com/products/...w-series-1150/
    Here is their page on designing fixed ports/windows. I notice that their standard series can have a corner radius of 2.5 inches. FWIW some friends of our used this company for four large fixed ports on their Cascade 36 over a decade ago and they still look near-new.

    Anyhow, choices... options... challenges....
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    Greg,

    If the frame is still in good shape an auto glass shop should be able to cut a piece of tempered glass for you (with a tint if you want it) and install it within the frame. Then you can reinstall the frame with butyl tape or the sealant of your choice. That may be the simplest & most reasonably priced route.
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    I think the answer is plastics.

    Since the port is over the stove, often a hot damp area it would be interesting to put in an opening portlight. Has anyone attempted this?
    Mike Field
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    Send it out to Hatchmasters, they will rebuild completely for around $300.00 with new seals and Lens. every Ericson owner should be aware of this company!
    https://hatchmasters.com

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    thanks

    Thanks to all. i did locate a member who has the tempered glass....but not sure i can do all the sealing of the glass in the frame just perfectly so in addition to hatchmasters, there is also Select Plastics in Connecticut that do this. called them 203-866-3767 and they do the whole thing with your frame for $269. so i am leaning that way. Got pushed off track last couple of weeks with the cold blast so back to it this week end.

    thanks for all the helpful info. You all are really a great resource.

    Greg

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    After having gone through this job, replacing everything with the original laminated glass, I'm having some buyer's remorse. It was one of those jobs that grew in time and expense as it went along. For about the same amount of effort (in my imagination) I could have abandoned those odd-shaped large fixed ports and replaced them with some sturdier and more standard opening ports.
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    The Auto Glass Shop is what I was going to recomend

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Parcells View Post
    Greg,

    If the frame is still in good shape an auto glass shop should be able to cut a piece of tempered glass for you (with a tint if you want it) and install it within the frame. Then you can reinstall the frame with butyl tape or the sealant of your choice. That may be the simplest & most reasonably priced route.

    A Friend did the auto glass shop route... The Replaced the lens, the inner gasket and all his port lights.
    Came in a good price too. (Like WHY WHY cheaper than a full port light replacement)

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    Dow 795 bedding material.

    It might be easier than you think. Unscrew the two side plates and pull the frame apart. Pull out the gasket and remains of glass. Clean it all up with a wire wheel and solvent. Have a new piece of glass or plastic made. Using Dow 795 rebed the glass/plastic in the frame. Use a rubber caulk tool to create a clean edge. This should last for years until the next time, when you can replace it. Should cost you under $100. I used butyl sealant for frame to cabin top. I figure if it fails its easy to remove and cleanup.

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