Replacing Opening Ports -Whitby 42

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10 years 9 months ago #1504 by Debi Shaimas
Time to replace my opening ports and looking for options.

Am aware of New Found Metals. Their stainless steal option is beautiful, out of my price range. Has anyone used their "Tri-Matrix Ports"?

Any other options that have been used (like Beckson)?

Any experiences in manufacturers, sizes, replacement tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Debi
SV Serenity, Hull #110
Home Port Santa Clara, Calif
Currently Lying Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador
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10 years 9 months ago - 10 years 9 months ago #1505 by Gerry O'Donoghue
I love my "Tri-Matrix Ports". See link to my blog;

theincrediblehull.blogspot.com/search/label/Ports

A few points;

Search all the boxes, you may find tools hidden away in the packaging.

You do NOT need the teak liners, the W42 hull is just the minimum thickness.

Bug screens are a bit fiddly.

Re Bolts;

"I sat there thinking that I had to cut down 10 X 12 = 120 SS bolts using my little Dremmel and then had a moment of clarity. I went and bought a box of 6mm by 20mm and a box of 6mm by 25mm SS bolts. Duh. I can't believe that NFM recommend cutting down the existing bolts, but they do. The two lengths are necessary in the saloon when the slight curve of the sides require longer bolts.

Back off the four installed bolts at the hinges and the latches until they are flush with the plastic frame, the side of the W42 is exactly .5in. Which is the minimum install size without a spacer. You then don't have to drill countersink holes for these.

Clamp the template very tightly and drill the outside with a 3/8 bit as far as the liner. Drill from the liner in using 7mm or similar to accommodate the bolt. Have your dremmel standing by to enlarge the outside hole to permit seating of the nut thingamajig on the outside.

By the 12 port I was wizard at the install.

Feel free if you have any more questions but it becomes clear once you start."






Regards

Gerry
Last edit: 10 years 9 months ago by Gerry O'Donoghue.

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10 years 9 months ago #1508 by Debi Shaimas
THANKS!!!
I like that they appear to be flush to the coach house on the exterior (no more knocking ankles/feet/etc.). Did you need to rent the template from them?
I did check out your website and will continue to do so. Have already learned a lot from your previous work.
Did not go too far back, but have you addressed any issues with the dorade boxes?
Thanks again!
Debi
SV Serenity Hull #110
Currently in Ecuador

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10 years 9 months ago #1509 by Gerry O'Donoghue
I did rent the template and its a must. In fact i never returned it as I plan to revisit the openings (prior to painting the deck) and may want to epoxy some of the holes from the previous ports etc. If you want to borrow it I will be happy to send it to you.

No, dorade boxes are on the list but have not tackled them yet.

Thanks for the site comments, I have learned much from others.

Regards

Gerry

whitby42 "at" gmail.com

www.gerry.odonoghue.com/index.htm


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10 years 5 months ago #1606 by Dave Sherwood
Hi Debi,

I have hull #186 and replaced my ports the summer of 2012. I too wanted to use NFM ports but didn't want to spend the money. The original Beckson ports lasted 30 yrs. so got with Beckson, they gave me a great deal so I went with them.

Cleaned up the port openings and filled with epoxy where needed. Used their recommended caulking and instructions. Everything went well. Now we can see through clear lenses and have new screens.

Let me know if I can be of help.
whitby82@yahoo.com

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10 years 4 months ago #1632 by Augusto Villalon
I used the Hood Port by Pompanette in Tampa area. They are a little pricy but excellent. The work is easy and the screens are excellent too.

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