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I removed the salon portlights on my '72 P26 yesterday. They leaked, and the previous owner did a repair that caused more problems; he had placed plexiglass cut to the dimensions of the outside of the metal frames (no overlap), then screwed it every 3" into the metal frame and "sealed" it w/ standard clear silicone. Needless to say, they still leak, but now the frames have holes in them AND the windows are opaque and ugly. I took them out (not near as bad a job as the online descriptions had led me to believe, thankfully), but I'm not sure what to do now. I think I can reseal the windows themselves in the frames, but the holes in the frames are a drag. I could fill them with tinted epoxy and learn to like the "fake rivet" look, I guess, or paint the frames... I don't know what else to do. I saw a listing for an article in Good Old Boat (I've been a subscriber for about a year) about a p26 refit where the owner added vented portlights. Where would one get them? They weren't, by some miracle, drop-in replacements that fit the existing cutouts, were they? I've searched all over the place and can't find replacement portlights for this boat. The ones I removed are irregularly-shaped trapezoids and match the curvature of the hull. How would one replace such a seemingly customized fixture?
Now that I have the portlights out of my boat, I see that the hull and the liner aren't really attached to each other around the openings. I've read that that's part of the problem, causing undue flexing and subsequent leaks. Should I just epoxy and clamp the two layers together flush, or insert some sort of spacing material between the two?
I've searched all over the place and I just can't find a source for these portlights, nor any real specifics about what to do if original sizes aren't available. I understand the removal (obviously... already did it) and basic installation process. Are new portlights available that fit these cutouts and the hull curvature? If not, can I have them made at a price point that won't double my investment in the boat? If the answer to BOTH is "no," then what?
Thanks in advance. With your help and some intestinal fortitude, we've solved every other problem as it's come up and actually enjoyed our first summer sailing, so I'm sure we'll solve this one too.
Best to all,
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