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Old 01-21-2007
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I have found that many portlights, even in classed boats, have the flange on the inside of the hull/house and are not through bolted but installed with self tapping screws. These portlights WILL be pushed a wave. Don't assume that because there is a flange around your portlight on the outside of the hull/house that this flange is an integral part of the portlight, in some instances it is just a dress/trim flange.

It is a good practice to have shutters cut, marked and ready to install. It might even be a good idea to install some of the shutters prior to an ocean passage. Aluminum plates are often used.

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