Port Holes Installed

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Wardy549, Jan 10, 2019 at 12:27 PM.

  1. Wardy549

    Wardy549 Member

    90
    Nov 12, 2014
    Daytona Marina & Boat Works
    1988 Sedan Bridge 345
    1989 Sundancer 268.Garmin 2010c Gps.
    Twin 454's
    ok so I am wanting to continue making her as custom as possible to continue adding some pizazz to the face lift of my 30 year old hottie. Oh how I love her so!!!
    Anyway, laying in my state room of my 88 345 Sedan Bridge, there are two inset shelves that run the length of my bed on both sides of the boat. Port and Starboard. The only ventalation or area to get air or to see anything (like sleeping in a box) is the center bow hatch and one ac vent and of course my door.
    I am thinking and would love and dont really see a reason why I couldn’t, unless it would cause some type of structural damage or loss of support, this the reason I’m reaching out to all of you.
    Is it possible to cut out and install some nice size port holes “windows” within those inset shelves on the port and starboard side?
    I would definitely have a professional do it, and im sure it would involve some new fiberglass and sealant applications to prevent any leaking.
    Boy what a difference it would make that room feel!
    If it is even remotely possible, I will be shopping around to find the best and biggest port holes I can put in.
    Thank you in advance!
    Captain Wardy!
     
  2. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    tiara in the snow 01.JPG DSC00070.JPG DSC00070.JPG The structural concern is proportional to the size of the opening and its shape. Small oval openings degrade hull strength less than large linear openings. So, an opening on both sides of the hull near the berth and high on the hull is doable and fairly common on production boats. Installing them is messy and requires a skilled craftsman. Here are a couple of port lights being installed to give you an idea of what is involved. You will note that the install occurs very early in the build process because of the mess, required access and the need to avoid damaging finishes.
     
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  3. Wardy549

    Wardy549 Member

    90
    Nov 12, 2014
    Daytona Marina & Boat Works
    1988 Sedan Bridge 345
    1989 Sundancer 268.Garmin 2010c Gps.
    Twin 454's
    Holy smokes! Im not sure about this one
    Thanks!
     

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