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J/35 Portlight solutions

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This is a question for J/35 owners that have the opening main cabin portlights: is it possible to get them NOT to leak?

 

Mine are so bad the aft 2 (port & stb) are shot, the aluminum has corroded to the point of being unusable. To get thru last season, I fabricated teak inner frames which look nice, but still leak like crazy. The stock ports are an odd size, and when I called Bomar/Pompanette about possible replacements the price was ridiculous and they would only sell me the entire part, inner and outer pieces, and what I really just need is the inner frames. The Bomar part number that gave me was N3524 which is 7.5" x 26.5" cutout and I cant find any other ports that fit.

 

They basically told me that they were made in RI by hand, so no two are identical, so no they could not just sell me the inner part. I tried and tried, but failed to convince them. I guess the tooling is now in NH and these ports are special order items. They also told me that the draft angle of the J/35 deckhouse sides are too steep, and that from day 1 they allegedly told the Johnstones that they would not shed water sufficiently. Interesting conversation that one.

 

I would consider a slightly smaller replacement and glassing in the difference, but I dont want to end up with still leaking ports after all that effort, so I would be interested in hearing from anyone one else how they've solved the leaky main cabin ports.

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I have considered that, but no way would I actually do it, the ventilation they provide is excellent.

 

'side, no way my wife would ever got for it...

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I have considered that, but no way would I actually do it, the ventilation they provide is excellent.

 

'side, no way my wife would ever got for it...

 

 

Time for a new wife....

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I have considered that, but no way would I actually do it, the ventilation they provide is excellent.

 

'side, no way my wife would ever got for it...

 

 

Time for a new wife....

 

Trade?

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I have considered that, but no way would I actually do it, the ventilation they provide is excellent.

 

'side, no way my wife would ever got for it...

 

 

Time for a new wife....

 

Trade?

 

 

Que the porno movie music....

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I have considered that, but no way would I actually do it, the ventilation they provide is excellent.

 

'side, no way my wife would ever got for it...

 

Since you're willing to do some glass work, is there a 'next size up' model that would take just a little grinding/cutting to fit properly?

 

Then maybe the size would be 'standard' and you could get parts in the future.

 

Or................just go steal someone else's set........................... :o

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The only ones that are even close are 2" smaller in width, so I would be adding glass, if I go that route, but those ports are like 500+ bucks each.

 

So my worry is that even the new ones would leak, so I was hoping some other J/35-ist had done it and it worked before I take the plunge.

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The only ones that are even close are 2" smaller in width, so I would be adding glass, if I go that route, but those ports are like 500+ bucks each.

 

So my worry is that even the new ones would leak, so I was hoping some other J/35-ist had done it and it worked before I take the plunge.

 

Have you checked the forum in the J35 website? http://www.j35.org/

 

There is discussion there about Bomar ports, part numbers and costs(2007). Look in the forums, general discussions, near the end.

 

I don't have this problem, as I have the fixed plexiglass windows.

 

Edit: Looks like you have the same part number, so you probably already have all the info.

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Yeah, I was the original poster there, and there seems to be no good solution, I was hoping someone HERE had a better one.

 

Bomar will make the correct ports, but they are a special order item and very costly.

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Yeah, I was the original poster there, and there seems to be no good solution, I was hoping someone HERE had a better one.

 

Bomar will make the correct ports, but they are a special order item and very costly.

The Bomar foredeck hatch and head hatch were trashed on my boat when I bought it. I replaced them with Lewmar and am a lot happier. Very expensive though! I also changed out the qberth ports with Lewmar. Found bigger ones so only had to cut bigger holes, not build up for smaller ports.

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solution # ??: I added another Lewmar Ocean hatch, size 10, on the stbd side cabin top, mirroring the head hatch. Ventilation improved a lot, and it scoops air, unlike portlights.

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Newfoundmetals makes a stainless port that uses a 7 3/4" x 27 1/4" cutout. Nice ports but very pricey.

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