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I got myself in a pickle without an exit strategy. The windows in my newport 30 were leaking so i pulled them out and pulled the glass out of the frame. The rubber gasket that ran between the outside of the window and the glass had hardened and shrunk some.

I'm left with the problem of how to bed glass in the aluminum channel. Going into this i thought butyl tape was the answer to all life's problems but there's scarcely a mention of it for this application outside of bedding automotive windshields.

Here's what i pulled out. Notice the L-shaped gasket, the channel on the right is where the glass goes.


My question is, what do i use to bed the glass to the aluminum? Where can I get some?

One possible solution, someone sent me a picture of a channel he ordered from catalina direct. Mine's a newport and the cross section is a U instead of L but it looks good. Think it will work?

Catalina Direct: Aluminum Window Reseal Kit C-30, C-36

Whenever I search for solutions to this problem I invariably end up finding a guide on how to throw away the aluminum frames and bolt on lexan. From where i stand, I understand the motivation completely. I'd consider cutting some myself but the surface is slightly bowed and looks like I would have to bend it.

What do i do? Is there someone in the annapolis area that carries appropriate window channels? Barring that, is there someone who cuts lexan windows?
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First, glass doesn't shrink...

Second, I don't see any reason why you couldn't use butyl tape to bed the glass into the channel. Of course, better photos would help make identifying the problem and coming up with a solution a lot easier.
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It's syntactically correct, the gasket between the glass and the frame shrank.

What do you need to see?
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This is the dry slightly shrunken gasket and the crappy aluminum frame.

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A photo of the whole frame would be helpful. Butyl tape is too sticky to slid the glass along it... so if that's how you'd have to get the glass into the channel, it probably won't work very well. Also, how does the frame mount to the hull?? A photo of that would be helpful...unlike smacky...
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I have a newport 28 with window frames and gaskets that appear to match your photos. After a bit of searching I was able to locate a gasket at a local window shop in Buffalo that appears like it will work. I had to make new spacers for the glass because it was causing alittle deformation of the gasket. Did a leak test with the window horizontal using a preasure washer and standing water and no water made it past the gasket into the channel. This weekend will install the windows back on the boat. I can give you the part number and phone number of the place, they should be able to send you a sample.
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AKWNY, sounds great, any bit of information is helpful. What did you use for spacers? Oh and welcome to Sailnet.

SD, the frames only come apart at the place i photographed. They do not break into two pieces, they must be pried open and based on how hard it was to get it out, putting it back in will certainly involve a lot of sliding and profanity, so that probably rules out butyl tape then.

What on earth do i use to clean the frame?

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Yup... Butyl tape would make that a nightmare...
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