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Replacing recess fixed ports w/stainless steel trim
I recently purchased a S2 11.0A which if you are not fimilar with this sailboat, she has large fixed port lights that are recessed mounted into the cabin. One of the things I need to do is to replace the glazing / lexan panels within these ports as they are very scratched and the previous owner installed three of the panels in two pieces instead of one.
I have read that an upgrade to fixed lexan ports should be bolting a stainless steel trim within these openings and then silcone the lexan panels into the trim. Although these are large ports during the production timeframe of these sailboats but now a days, it seems like most newer sailboats have large fixed panels that are recessed into the cabin.
I have never seen any type of modification performed on a S2 but then again there were not a lot of S2s built compared to Pearsons and others.
- To be seaworthy, should a stainless steel port trim be installed?
- Provide a metal trim around the glazing which would be bolted through into the cabin? This would be surface mounted but would provide a continuous bearing trim plate to bolt through instead of bolting through the lexan and risk cracking.
- Reinstall (with new panels) properly and caulk them in as originally performed?
S2 11.0A 36'