E27 portlight removal and re-install with new seals.

Lifepilot111

Junior Member
Hi everyone! I am sure somewhere back in time this has been covered. I am new on here and we just got an E27. The portlights have corrosion and have been dripping for quite some time. I have seen conversation on just about every model but the 27 specifically. The owner's manual says they are "floating windows." We have removed them but where do we get the replacement gaskets? What is the best procedure for doing this correctly? We are thinking they are Lewmar portlights.
 

Shawn Rodel

Member I
Hello, I used Hatch Masters for the port lights on our E38. The gaskets and o rings on all opening port lights were avl. The non opening port lights they would not sell the gaskets. They wanted me to send them the port lights to rebuild. I chose to rebuild myself the gaskets were reusable. Once you figure out how they come apart. I sourced the lens from a local vender, gave them the original lens and they made the lens in any tint I wanted.
One foot not the original lens are not standard, had to be ordered. I think they were 5/16" can't use 1/4" the lens will flex and leak and if you use 3/8" to thick and won't latch. info@hatchmasters.com
 

Christian Williams

E381 - Los Angeles
Senior Moderator
Blogs Author
A photo will help folks comment who don't own an E27 (portlights vary by model and manufacturer).

"Floating" just means the unit is installed in a slightly oversized hole, and held in place by flange, interior trim piece and caulk--that is, not screwed into the cabin house. The idea is to tolerate some flex.
 

Lifepilot111

Junior Member
Here are our portlights.
 

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Lifepilot111

Junior Member
A photo will help folks comment who don't own an E27 (portlights vary by model and manufacturer).

"Floating" just means the unit is installed in a slightly oversized hole, and held in place by flange, interior trim piece and caulk--that is, not screwed into the cabin house. The idea is to tolerate some flex.
Thanks for the info I have uploaded some photos from our E27
 

Jonathan G.

New Member
That's a very common type of cabin window for boats of the era, and so there's lots of information online about re-building them, though it's not specific to Ericson boats. I had a bear of a time trying to find that gasket material you're seeking until I learned the name of it: window glazing channel. Once you get the measurements (thickness of the glass, and depth of the aluminum channel), it's easy to find. I was able to get some at the first local glass shop I tried.

The same cabin windows were used on Catalina boats, so Catalina Direct has re-seal kits available. You could probably find all of the various bits separately for a little cheaper, but the convenience of the kit is nice.
 

Lifepilot111

Junior Member
That's a very common type of cabin window for boats of the era, and so there's lots of information online about re-building them, though it's not specific to Ericson boats. I had a bear of a time trying to find that gasket material you're seeking until I learned the name of it: window glazing channel. Once you get the measurements (thickness of the glass, and depth of the aluminum channel), it's easy to find. I was able to get some at the first local glass shop I tried.

The same cabin windows were used on Catalina boats, so Catalina Direct has re-seal kits available. You could probably find all of the various bits separately for a little cheaper, but the convenience of the kit is nice.
Thank you! That's the best information I have seen so far...
 

Christian Williams

E381 - Los Angeles
Senior Moderator
Blogs Author
A Google search for Ericson Forum portlights windows reseal repair or similar will bring up many useful threads here.

The new gasket can apparently be difficult to install. Kapnkd made a jig to assist with that:

 

JPS27

Member III
I got my materials from catalinadirect, and had a local auto body shop cut a new piece of glass for the portlight in the head (to get rid of the leaky sliding window). I posted a blog of my portlight replacements that should still be up. And think others have posted similar.
 

Christian Williams

E381 - Los Angeles
Senior Moderator
Blogs Author

(JPS--the migration to the new forum software dislodged your blog photos, but I think you can go back now and drag them into the positions you want.)
 

Lifepilot111

Junior Member
I got my materials from catalinadirect, and had a local auto body shop cut a new piece of glass for the portlight in the head (to get rid of the leaky sliding window). I posted a blog of my portlight replacements that should still be up. And think others have posted similar.
Thank you!
 
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