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The Final Result

The Final Result

Now that the ports are in I was finally able to remove the cover and snap a photo.

Good luck!!

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Petar 05-Oct-2017 20:01
Has anyone installed these portlights in topsides. So into the hull, but above the nominal waterline. My Tayana FD12 has 8 ports on each side quite a bit down from the gunvale. These portlights protrude quite a bit and on a long crossing, these could be submerged for considerable amount of time, like days. Frameless approach from the inside which is how it was originally done, caused leaks into core. Talked to New found metals and they don't make fixed ports. Person said hinges and tempered glass are heavy duty. However common sense suggests you might not want opening ports in topsides.
stephen craven 21-Jan-2014 08:06
thankyou for this info,hope to soon make a purchase
Guest 09-Jul-2013 00:49
Clearly something to aspire to. Amazing job! Thanks. Is it possible to get a picture of your boat sent to ? It looks absolutely stunning!
Dave Knight - Annapolis 18-Jan-2013 01:54
Actually more of a question than comment. You have illustrated before about bedding deck hardware in just Butyl. Why on the Ports did you also add Sealant? I just purchased some Butyl from your website. A note, anyone who has not read of seen the articles is missing something grand and rare. Clear Photos, great explanations backed by SOUND technical observation and advice - Thanks for the good work..
Joe Grenier 22-May-2010 12:09
Thanks for the insight, I’ve been working in the field for 20 years and I’ve never seen anyone do as good a job of explanation as you have. Even the college stuff was on the mark.

I’m in the process of refitting a Valiant 40 with a new deck and NFM ports, and much more. I’m trying to log some of the work I’m doing and you format is the best I’ve seen. May I ask what type of writing system you used? It was very clear and easy to follow.

Thanks again, Joe
christopher hart 01-May-2010 17:40
thanks for creating such a detailed description of your process, do you have a rough estimate of what the entire project cost?


Anders 20-Mar-2010 09:46
Sorry I did not quite understand. Why is the butyl tape visible from outside? is there nothing covering this gap? You will get dirt etc sticking to the butyl.
Jay Morgan 09-Mar-2010 16:59
Great Job! I am installing 6 ports on my Morgan 38 this spring and I keep refering back to this site. After reading NFM's installation information and yours I am convinced you are on the track. I did have a question. Did you fill the holes from the old ports with anything before installing the trim ring? I have an additional concern as there are two additionl notchs in the bottom of the opening from the old ports. After enlarging the opening, these notchs are still about 3/4" wide by 3/8" deep. I don't want these notches or the old screw holes to be possible leaking points. Thanks for your help.
rbporter 28-Mar-2009 14:16
I've been looking for ports to replace the alum. ports in my Contessa 26.
Newfound Metals was the winner with one caveat, I thought. They are made in China, presumably with Chinese 319 ss. I asked their rep at the Maine Boatbuilder Show and he assured me that yes they are made in "their" plant in China but with "domestic (North American) 319L ss." If this is true as I trust, then these are very nice ports at the right price.
Stephen 23-Mar-2009 20:34
Thanks for taking the time to share your tips.
Maybe I missed something, but why do you go through the trouble of using the Butyl tape? Could you just use the 101 for everything, instead? Also, could you use Butyl caulk, instead of tape?
Guest 01-Mar-2009 04:25
Dan, What beautiful workmanship,this is a really great resource. The internet at it's best.
Guest 07-May-2008 01:11
Your boat looks great
Dan 07-May-2008 01:11
Thank you for the job description, it will save me a lot of time to do my ports
Dan CS36T 1979 Sequala
Guest 06-May-2008 22:47
Thank you very much for the excellent photo documentary. I especially appreciated your explanation of why you prefer the methods you use, and also the product names and part numbers of items you used. The shop vac recommendation was timely. Of course now I want a laminate trimmer... :)

Thanks again!