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Old 07-30-2011, 07:19 AM   #1
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Ports and Capilano steering

I have 2 questions. Fist I would like opinions on good ports for our V birth. Because they mount tilted back water will pool in them. Does anyone make ports with drains? Second, I am replacing the old Capilano steering that has the uniflow valve with Capilano 1250vs. My wheels do not have the inch taper that the valve shafts have. Has anyone retrofit the wheels to work. I like the wheels I have and dont really want to replace them. The boat is a 1973 De Fever 40.
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:47 AM   #2
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RE: Ports and Capilano steering

Beckson has plastic ports that have a "rain drain" channel. New Found Metals has bronze and stainless ports that are designed to drain.
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:14 AM   #3
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cd30ketch wrote:I have 2 questions. Fist I would like opinions on good ports for our V birth. Because they mount tilted back water will pool in them. Does anyone make ports with drains? Second, I am replacing the old Capilano steering that has the uniflow valve with Capilano 1250vs. My wheels do not have the inch taper that the valve shafts have. Has anyone retrofit the wheels to work. I like the wheels I have and dont really want to replace them. The boat is a 1973 De Fever 40.
*Would something like this adapter or this one work for your wheels?
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:59 AM   #4
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RE: Ports and Capilano steering

Some metal opening ports can be had with the soffit lowered to about a 15 deg angle,they work great , but take practice to carve into the deck house.

Chop holes in a 2x lumber before attempting the boat.

Be sure to get screens too.

On some the screens can be removed and a 3/4 lexan installed in place.
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Old 07-30-2011, 12:38 PM   #5
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Have a look at our port installation,*

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They drain nicely. Chuck
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Old 07-30-2011, 03:26 PM   #6
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RE: Ports and Capilano steering

Plaudits to Cap'n Chuck on another of the detailed project summaries on his blog.*

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I still have the original port lights on my MT34, but added rain shields that keep things pretty dry. I keep the ports* open most of the time when underway or when the A/C's not running.
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:08 PM   #7
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RE: Ports and Capilano steering

I looked up beckson ports. Sound like they might do the trick. Anyone have bad luck with them?
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:30 PM   #8
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i was planning on putting the uniflow and both pumps on ebay soon
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:53 PM   #9
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RE: Ports and Capilano steering

I haven't bought any Beckson's, but only because they didn't have the ones I needed.

I bought and have installed a bunch of the Tri-Matrix ports from New Found Metals.* They have rain drains...install pretty easily...and look good.* Price isn't ridiculous.* Also their screens are stainless steel...and no more expensive than the others.

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RE: Ports and Capilano steering

I ordered and just recieved the Becskon rain drain ports. Have not yet installed. The best price I found was on-line from Boaters World. They were out of stock and it took 2 months, but I was in no hurry. After looking at Chuck's nice stainless steel ports, I kind of wish I went that direction
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:25 AM   #11
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BTW, why replace the steering? Sounds like the same sysetm I have and it still works good. I know you can still get parts for the Capilano pumps, not sure about the uniflow?
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Old 09-01-2011, 09:28 PM   #12
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the steering was not consistant in how it worked. I have two new helms on now and it works great
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Old 09-09-2011, 07:25 AM   #13
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I installed 1250v's. Both od them were from ebay.
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