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Old 09-14-2009
dieselboy dieselboy is offline
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This weekend i learned a big lesson.. Portlights are not cheep and when your boat is 39 years old they leak.....BAD.. The previous owner bonded tracks under them to re route the leaking water to the bilge..
So i have looked and looked for three weeks for replacements... No such luck and what i did find was high dollar.

Now my glass is dis colored and one is broken so i need to do something.. I did. I pulled them out. All of them this weekend.
Which was rather easy since the sealer has turned to powder! I cut out the 10 layers of silicone and took them all apart. I took the best 2 of 4 chunks of glass to a local glass shop and for $130.22 i got 4 double pane, ash tinted,laminated, uv polarized replacements cut.. WOW.
I took the frames and had them glass beaded and i laid the first of three layers of powder coat on them " the cook on type not the out of a rattle can".
And soon i will re installing them back in my boat..
I did think about Lexan replacements but i have race cars and i am here to tell you that they are a short term gain and a long term loss. Even the best Lexan discolors, is easily scratched and you may only clean them with soap and water or they will dry out. Unless weight is the primary reason or the reduction there of i don't recommend them.

The whole set up is going to cost around $300 total which is less than i was about to spend on one replacement portlight..
I have seen others in the same situation i was in and i can say this looks like a good way to go.. maybe these will last for another 39 years..
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