Fixed window replacement on a Whitby 42

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3 years 11 months ago #3213 by Robert Horn
Has anyone replaced the fixed windows on their 42? Ours are badly crazed. Wondering if I need to remove the inside frame, the outside frame or both.

Thanks,

Bob

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3 years 11 months ago #3216 by Debi Shaimas
You will need to remove both frames so that you can totally clean out the old caulk. Suggest you make a note of each frame’s position (inside, outside, port, stbd, up, down) so that they go back in as easily as possible.
I checked my notes and have these specs:
4 pieces 9mm thick (3/8”)
22 3/4” x 6 1/4” each with 3/4” radius corners (your specs might be slightly different)
Our four pieces, from TAP Plastics cost us about $90 in 2016.
Use Dow Corning 795 to rebed them.

When rebedding, don’t worry too much about the caulk oozing out. Let it sit for a day and then go back with a razor blade the next and trim it out. A little tedious but looks great in the end.

So nice to have fixed ports you can see out of!
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3 years 11 months ago #3219 by Scott Lee
Debi's comments are spot on. Replacing with fixed 'glass' should be an easy and inexpensive repair.

We chose a different tack and it has turned out to be one of our favorite upgrades on Joie de Vivre. We replaced the old fixed ports with opening ports from Newfound Metals. It is a bunch more work and boat load more money, but the increase in ventilation below is amazing. Especially above the galley where the cook needs it most.

A previous owner had already replaced all of our smaller ports with NFM so it was a bonus that the new opening ports would be a better match. The replacements for the smaller ports are 5"x12", but for the fixed ports we went with 6"x20" using 2 on each side.

The openings in the cabin needed to be altered to accommodate the new ports. They were enlarged slightly, top to bottom, and the mullions between the ports were widened.

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Scott

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3 years 11 months ago #3220 by Robert Horn
Looks really good. Too much work at the moment, too many other projects. Time being I'll just do a quicky and replace the existing windows. We used the NFM ports on our last boat, around 2000, and after a year or two the chrome plate started to peel. Hopefully they have improved their process since then.

Bob

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3 years 11 months ago #3222 by Scott Lee
Thanks. I highly recommend the stainless ones. We did the big ports in 2011 and the smaller ports are at least 10 years older than that. All are in great shape.

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3 years 11 months ago #3223 by Debi Shaimas
What an awesome idea to replace the fixed ports with opening ones — particularly in the galley. So that has been added to my “in the future” list (on my private list, not the one I share with my first mate as that causes angst). We replaced the opening ports with NFM TRI-Matrix Ports about 8 years ago and they are great.

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