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Re: Big Black Port Gaskets
Even without the locking strip my new portlight gasket no longer leaks, but I do not think the ports will be safe offshore without the locking strip.
I have an OI 36, with the same port design.
Those ports have always struck me as being weak for offshore use. If I were doing an ocean crossing, I might pull the windows and gaskets out, and bolt pieces of Lexan over the openings, caulked to the hull.
I suspect that would be a heck of a lot more work than it sounds like.
Thanks for the post -- I may replace my own leaking-black-stripes-down-the-topsides gaskets, now.
Charles / Right Galah