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Old 04-24-2012, 11:44 PM   #1
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Matching old port lights

[/IMG]I have a few of the original port lights that need to be replaced. I have not been able to find a "drop in" replacement size- and what I have found will not fit due to angles on the hull and interior. Any ideas if these 1983 style port lights are available anywhere ?
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:47 PM   #2
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You never mentioned who makes yours? Our Bomar ports are no longer available so I'm going to the nearest larger size to replace mine.
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Have you tried New Found Metals? They seem to have a wide variety of porthole
products.

New Found Metals - Marine Hardware and Stainless Portlights
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:39 AM   #4
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I failed to find any brand name. I checked the Bomar and Grey websites, but they are a different style.
I tried to post a picture- no luck. But mine are white plastic. NFM would be a great source for SS, but no match on sizes there either. Outside dimensions are 18.5x 9.5
Screen 15.75 x 6.75
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On an episode of ShipShape TV, the host was replacing some old port lights that looked a lot like yours. They were actually made by the Fuller Brush Company and as usual, he had his "good friend" from the company on the show with him.

You might find the episode and contact information on their website.

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Here's a page from the Fuller Brush website:

http://www.fuller.com/index.php/divisions-of-fuller

but I can't get the "marine" link to work.

http://www.fuller.com/index.php/marine.html

Perhaps you could contact their customer service department and ask.
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I have Fuller portlights on my Gulfstar. I just got off the phone with Fuller's marine division and am waiting for a portlight parts list to be emailed to me. Their direct phone is 1-800-227-2961.
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I would swear that is a Beckson port. The construction and the knobs are identical to what they were making back in the seventies and eighties. They don't seem to make one that big anymore. You might try contacting them and sending the photo to confirm that it is one of their ports. What port do I need? by Beckson
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I put up some pictures of my port replacement project on my website.

There are lots of ways to do it. What worked for me may not work for others.

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Old 04-25-2012, 09:44 PM   #11
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GREAT information guys. Let me see what I can find out.
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I would swear that is a Beckson port. The construction and the knobs are identical to what they were making back in the seventies and eighties. They don't seem to make one that big anymore. You might try contacting them and sending the photo to confirm that it is one of their ports. What port do I need? by Beckson
I was sure it was Beckson as well. They also sell parts. Problem was, the sizes did not matchup and I also noticed the width/ pattern of the hinge area was different. It sure looked to be the same.
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I put up some pictures of my port replacement project on my website.

There are lots of ways to do it. What worked for me may not work for others.

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Geez Mike. What a great looking bit of work
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Forklift,
We have exactly the same ports and they just don't exists anymore.
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I have 6 bronze portlights - cut Out 7 3/4 x 16 1/2.
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When I saw the photos I thought they looked like Vetus. Not exactly but darn close. I replaced mine ten or so years ago and that's what they were, just took a while to ID them.
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I am looking for the same portlights and/or a replacement that fits, so if there are any fresh ideas, please share.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:04 AM   #18
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When purchasing metal ports be sure there is a screw in a tapped hole that can push on each hinge pin

The upper hinge pins should be in a slot , not a simple hole..

This will allow an adjustment as the seal material takes a set.

It also allows adjustment when the seal material is replaced.

My favorite seal material is old fashoned woven shaft packing of the proper size.

Lasts for decades unlike rubber .
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I am looking for the same portlights and/or a replacement that fits, so if there are any fresh ideas, please share.
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I checked my paperwork and all I can find is that our boat was built in a "shipyard at Kaohsiung , Taiwan, ROC". Do you know which town yours was built in?
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:19 AM   #20
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I replaced two of mine (look like the OPs) they were Becksons. It seems that Beckson has gone to a new design that "drains" so you dont have that little lip of water anymore. The problem is you'd have to cut two slots in your wall for each new window. If, as always happens, this new design turns out to be a flop you then either have to patch the slots or go to a much larger port. Luckily I found some NOS of the old style. I guess in another 20 yrs I'll have to find something else!!!
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