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10-15-2013 11:30 PM
asdf38
Re: Newfound Metals Stainless Ports

I'm gearing up to replace my portlights this year (it's been on my list for 3) and I've been planning on going with New Found Metal because it looks like their price/quality is excellent.

However I have a few concerns
1) Cabin thickness. At 26' my Contessa is pretty small and I'm concerned either about the spigots sticking out too far or the teak spacer sticking out into my interior if I go with them..

2) Handles
I'm also worried about the handles which look fairly large on the inside. Are these concerns at all valid for a small boat? I don't want it to look like I jammed the wrong portlights on the boat. I've seen one other Contessa with NFM and I noted the spigots sticking out pretty far.
10-21-2012 02:52 PM
Maine Sail
Re: Newfound Metals Stainless Ports

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Originally Posted by cygtoad View Post
Questions on the teak trim rings...
Are they available from NFM?
If not where did they come from?
How thick are they? do they need to be added to the thickness calculation?
You buy them from NFM and they are 3/4" thick. You need to account for them in your overall bolt length/thickness calculation. They are used to prevent the spigot from sticking out too far on thin cabin sides.
10-21-2012 02:42 PM
cygtoad
Re: Newfound Metals Stainless Ports

Questions on the teak trim rings...
Are they available from NFM?
If not where did they come from?
How thick are they? do they need to be added to the thickness calculation?
03-30-2012 10:15 AM
asdf38
Re: Newfound Metals Stainless Ports

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Originally Posted by Maine Sail View Post
3M101 is/was one of the lightest bonding sealants. I was only used to keep the black butyl that NFM sells from bleeding. If I had to do it again I would NOT use the black NFM butyl and would use my own and no sealant....
Thanks, that's good to know.
03-29-2012 09:38 PM
Maine Sail
Re: Newfound Metals Stainless Ports

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Originally Posted by asdf38 View Post
I just read mainsail's entire how-to which was fantastic. I plan on getting two although I can tell it will take a ton of time and I may not get to it until next year.

But one thing I was surprised at was the use of the 3M101, why use an adhesive sealant at all when there is so much butyl and mechanical fasteners?
3M101 is/was one of the lightest bonding sealants. I was only used to keep the black butyl that NFM sells from bleeding. If I had to do it again I would NOT use the black NFM butyl and would use my own and no sealant....
03-29-2012 07:38 PM
asdf38
Re: Newfound Metals Stainless Ports

I just read Maine Sail's entire how-to which was fantastic. I plan on getting two although I can tell it will take a ton of time and I may not get to it until next year.

But one thing I was surprised at was the use of the 3M101, why use an adhesive sealant at all when there is so much butyl and mechanical fasteners?
05-28-2010 06:26 PM
SanDiegoChip
peek-a-boo blinds

We also got the peek-a-boo blinds for them, the ones in the state room. They are the room darkening ones.
My wife also likes the privacy they afford at the dock etc.


Chip
05-28-2010 06:19 PM
SanDiegoChip
NFM ports also

We have also installed NFM SS ports with the teak rings. Love them. It took my wife and I a year to install them. We both work full time jobs. We would install one over a weekend. We followed a set of instructions on the web.
We got tinted ones.
None leak and they are quite nice looking. I think the new IP has ports similar.
NFM is also nice to deal with.


05-22-2010 12:34 PM
RecoveringRacer I have their ports in my Oday 30 and have had no problems, even though the boat was in saltwater for three years before I moved it to Lake Superior. The threaded boss on mine is integral with the outer ring. I did grease the threads when I installed them, though, and carefully sealed the outer rings to the cabin sides. One thing--the bolts are a metric size; could someone have used an SAE threaded bolt?
05-22-2010 11:35 AM
Skipper7Doug
New Found Metal Ports

I have just had one of the fasteners that hold the toggle post to the inner frame, snap off. Obviously there was severe corrosion of the stainless post. I cannot tell if the post is threaded into the assembly. New Found Metals has not responded to my inquiry. We have just finished a 1200 mile off shore passage. This would have been a disaster if it happened at sea as the ports are in the hull and are regularly washed with salt water. The ports are three years old, so I am suspicious of all of them now. Has anyone else had an experience with this?
Thanks,
Doug
GS SM 40
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