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port light leaking catalina 30

A friend is buying an old Catalina 30.

The survey will turn up a leaking port light.
Port side aft.

The design is a metal ring set into the fiberglass then a Plexiglas fixed light set in the metal ring secured with a flexible strip on the inside.

It appears to be leaking between the plexi and the ring as If I lift the flexible strip the metal channel is full of water.

Other than buying the repair or replacement kits any successful repairs?

The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
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Re: port light leaking catalina 30

Is there a question?

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Re: port light leaking catalina 30

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Other than buying the repair or replacement kits any successful repairs?
Unless they're highly experienced in fixing anything with nothing, they'll probably need to buy something.

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Re: port light leaking catalina 30

we just redid similar portlights david except with plastic sigh outer rings

id be happy to show your pics of them sealed up again and 40 years old and still going

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Re: port light leaking catalina 30

David,
For quick fixes, some on the C25 site suggested flowable silicone, which can be found at auto parts stores. I did that on my C25, and it seemed to work. On the Allmand, I have rebedded with Maine Sail's butyl. We'll see how that works.

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Re: port light leaking catalina 30

Problem solved, almost.
Found a box from catalina direct with the repair kit for all the windows.
Just not installed.
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