I brought my windows (ports) down to the Michael's Glass in the village of Webster this afternoon and dropped them off for smoked plexi replacements. This will allow the fore windows match the aft, and the aft windows will no longer have wicked crazing, cracked adhesive (which leaks!) and a sickly shade of brown. I'm thinking the smoked color will modernize her a bit as well.
It should take about a week and a half for them to get the materials in and get the work done as they didn't have the smoked sheets in stock, and this is a holiday weekend. I'll be amazed if I'm ready for them in two weeks, so this shouldn't be an issue. While I could have probably done the work myself, it's one less thing I need to research while I'm focusing on the fiberglass work, and I *really* do not need distractions at the moment. I need to crank out the work. If all goes well, I'll have the windows back a little before I'm ready to paint the deck.
I'm going to have to find a good plan for cleaning up the aluminum frames to bring back their shine in a way that doesn't damage the new panes. Hopefully I can find a nice polishing paste that will do the job.
I like the seal that the Boat Life Life Caulk had on them. Not too crazy to remove with a putty knife, but a really good grip behind the mechanical seal. I'm not sure how well that stuff holds up over years, but it did a great job sealing them up last fall. I've read that some people favor it for chainplate sealing, and I may use it again when I re-install the windows.
Tomorrow is a holiday from work, so I'll have most of the day to try to get the decks further along. I'm hoping to get both sides laminated, or at least make considerable progress in that direction. I may also strip the bottom paint from a few of the areas I need to work on, such as the split bottom of the rudder. We'll see... I'm always 150% more ambitious than reality, but I'm looking forward to seeing how much I can get done.
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