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The earlier models (pre about 1985) had very small slitty looking side ports. The later ones especially 1988/89 (last year this model was made) had more modern Lewmar metal ports. I think the earlier ones had plastic Beckson ports. In addition many owners have replaced the original plastic ports with larger ones. CS continually refined their boats making small changes. They had different engines too, earlier ones with the Westerbeke and later ones with the terrible Volvo 2003. All with V drives.
FWIW, most (all?) early models came with all fixed ports, with mid to later models ending with eight all opening posts. All opening ports were plastic Beckson, anything else an owner added. 1986 was the last year of production for the 36T, a few were made on a custom basis after 1986.
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FWIW, most (all?) early models came with all fixed ports, with mid to later models ending with eight all opening posts. All opening ports were plastic Beckson, anything else an owner added. 1986 was the last year of production for the 36T, a few were made on a custom basis after 1986.
Sorry can't agree. The 33 and later the 30 had a fixed port option. The 36T all had opening ports and the last production was 1988, the second year of the Merlin. They produced both the T and the Merlin in 1987 and 1988. I have a 88 Merlin and had an 84 30. I was at the factory nearly every weekend in late 87 and the first four months of 1988 checking on my boat while it was on the line.
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I'm a complete newbie, but to me the smaller the port, the less surface area to smash in, therefore the more ocean-worthy. Plus, supposing it does get smashed in, a smaller hole lets in less water than a larger one. Those long non-opening slits make me nervous. Also, I have the notion that the opening clamps (?) somehow add strength, they look sturdier.
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Opening / Fixed Ports on CS36T

I am halfway through changing all of the ports on my 1981 CS36T.

Four were opening: Galley, Head, Chart Table and Over Hanging Locker - fore and aft on both sides. The four middle ports (over the settee) were same size but fixed.

All 8 will be opening when completed this spring.

Ventilation was poor and should be a lot better. It takes about 2 hours per port to change. I am doing them one at a time to make sure each one is secure before going on to the next.

I am using Beckson replacement ports. The new ones are almost identical to the originals and have drain spouts to eliminate the pooled water that used to pour in when the original port was opened. Make sure to use the proper adhesive (fibreglass to plastic) or they will not adhere properly.
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Rob, I am about to start installing Beckson ports on my 1981 CS36T - what adhesive did you use?

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Rob, I am about to start installing Beckson ports on my 1981 CS36T - what adhesive did you use?

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Beckson recommends silicone. Polysulfides and polyurethanes can ruin the Beckson plastic..

Another option is the New Found Metals stainless steel ports. Very classic looking..

Installing New Found Metals Ports (LINK)

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Smile Portholes

Thanks, great link and really nice portholes.
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Merv:

Sorry for delay. We have been fighting weather down the Chesapeake and Alligator River on our way south.

We used GE SilPruf Silicone SCS2000 Series Sealant.

May be hard to find in marine stores. I got it at a general contracting supply. Information sheet is available from GE.

We are very pleased with the ports we have replaced. 3 to go. Waiting until Florida to finish.

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Rob, thanks for info. Bon voyage.
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