Follow this link to a tech sheet on Sabre's site. it will show you how to rebed the lexan into the aluminum frame and then how to use a combo of Butyl tape and caulking. Even if you don't have a Sabre, most of these frames are similar.
I just completed this project, it came out great and I have a dry boat, at least for now.
After removing the interior screws, I used a dull putty knife and a razor knife to separate the frame from the boat and a lot of rubbing to remove whatever the last person used to caulk the window in. It is important to have a clean surface before you add the tape. One other thing, be sure to put painters masking tape around the opening before you add the caulking, it really makes clean up a lot easier.
12-09-2008 10:55 PM
David is right, McClendons in Renton has it, just picked up a role today. It's in weatherstripping section, they have gray and black.
12-09-2008 04:50 PM
I anxiously await the day it is hot enough in Seattle to melt butyl tape. Most August days you would have trouble getting butter to melt around here.
12-09-2008 12:41 PM
Ya'all do know of course that in high heat (southern California)of a closed car that it may melt and make an mess.
12-09-2008 06:48 AM
Glass installation shops carry it.
12-08-2008 12:47 PM
Also try your local heating and air conditioning supply house. Its used to mate flanges on high pressure duct work.
12-08-2008 12:26 PM
Thanks for the info. Unfortunately it is a true leak, I can see where the caulk has failed. I will check into the local places to buy the tape. Perhaps I can heat the tape to keep it flexible while using it. As long as I am taking the port apart I will probably replace the plastic and barrel bolts.
12-08-2008 12:17 AM
Noticed some at McLendon's hardware, which has just about everything.
12-07-2008 10:38 PM
You can get butyl at any glass shop.
12-07-2008 10:11 PM
Maybe the wet cushion was from the condensate melting off your ports from that freeze we had earlier this week? I would confirm the source of the wet cushions first because I'm a big believer in "if it's not broke, don't fix it" school of thought.
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