For the salon fixed portlights repair on sailing anarchy a guy named dan33 or you can look up by his boat name gatekeeper, he posted a good step by step on his portlight repair. I need to replace my as well but thinking on doing it a different way than his, not better just faster. So far in the time I have owned my boat most of my repairs have been wiring, factory boat wiring leaves much to be desired and even worse were the PO attempts at adding to it. I haven't done it but behind the salon seat backrests there is what seems like a large void between the hull and liner you could cut access holes in there for storage other than that there doesn't seem to be and excess use of interior liner. I have been thinking about sound insulation for the engine compartment but haven't spent much time coming up with a plan but seems like it could be beneficial.
I would like to share what I have found out refitting my Mirage 35:
Fixed portlinghts - I removed the aluminum frames, tcleaned them with a wire brush, had them powdercoated, threw away the 'incredible shrinking grey plastic gaskets' , had a plastics shop make the largest ast acrylic replacement lenses that could fit in, and then had the lenses set intthe frames using Dow Corning 795 sealant. Then, after cleaning the area around the ports with stainless steel wool and acetone, remounted the cured external ports using 795 to seal between the port and cabin side. 3 years and no leaks, but best is no cheap plastic gaskets. Now if only I could find inside moldings to replace the white plastic ones I threw out, I would feel the job completed!
Storage behind settees in salons: I purchased a set of plans for the M33/35 from Bob Perry. The boat interior he drew is not the boat interior Mirage made. Perry drew storage behind the settees and also in the vberth sides. I cut out holes - 3 each side, in both salon and vberth. Size approx 8" high and 16" long. It is necessary to bridge the gap located at the turn of the seal ( ie where it goes from horizontal to vertical )at the point where the liner almost approaches the hull but does not quite. If you don't, then stuff you put in will slip down into the lockers below the seats / v berth. For the salon, I used plywood cut to the hull form - screwed to the bottom of the seat and glued to the hull with some Sika 291LOT. For the vberth, I cut 1 inch triangular strips of wood each about 3 feet long. After dry fitting, I buttered the wood strip edges with 291 and installed them. After the 291 set, I have a sealed bottom for the storage spaces. I am considering installing fabric covers ( with upholstery snaps) to close the storage areas and keep in their contents. Suggestions are welcome!
FWIW, I also installed additional opening ports - one in quarter berth, one on each side of the salon, one on each side of the vberth. All 4X14s except one on starboard side of the vberth is 4X10 as that was all that would fit.
The deck hardware on our boats is of disappointing quality. I bit the bullet and bought a load of replacement deck hardware from Stainless Outfitters. WARNING! The stanchion bases are not trustworthy. One of the ones I bought from Stainless Outfitters snapped off at the base due to defective welding when the wind blew the winter cover against the stanchion it contained. I had it re-welded by a local welder and am in the process of having all re-welded this winter. Also the gimpy set screws they use to hold the stanchion tubes into the bases were poorly threaded, some just didn't set, and they simply put a dimple into the stanchion tube. I would NOT trust them for anything. If you are thinking of Stainless Outfitters as a solution, I have experienced their custom work on my boat - a failed installation of a windlass; installation of their stainless steel bow stem fitting ( unfilled holes left exposed), their davits ( too heavy, not suited to the Mira)ge and I got rid of them. I dropped by their yard one day to see how installation work was going on my boat (which was left in their yard) and found a small group of high school students working on installing stanchion bases, corner pieces, bow stem fitting, mast step, etc. No wonder the installation was poorly done. But that did not stop them from charging me $2000 for installation. Frankly, given the disappointments with them, and my very good experiences with Garhauer, I would not bother with Stainless Outfitters and would just buy from Garhauer. No bs.
Not my intention to bad mouth anyone, but I am sick and tired of people in the marine industry ripping off trusting boat owners. Also, I couldn't stand the thought of someone relying on a stanchion base that was as poorly quality controlled as the defective crap they sold me....Lets be serious guys, defective stanchion bases can kill people!
I have a number of other projects in the hopper for my boat, and appreciate information you can share about your progress.