|Long fenders protect the hull when mooring and also when in locks
The next job has taken several days so far and is still on going. When AmyJo was being built we always wanted double glazed portholes Trouble was the only available ones were the top hopper type like these
We were not keen on them and felt they would not look right so had to settle for single glazed ones like these that are fitted
|Liner remooved showing the mastic used to hold it in place
|Liner removed the fixing clips are revealed.
The remaining mastic was carefully scraped of with a sharp scraper. Next the fixing clip screws had to be untightened. These were most stubbon as many had the head slots rounded of. Most unscrewed OK but those rounded off had to have the screw drilled out which took ages and several broken drill bits. So far 40% of the eight clips per porthole had to be removed this way.
|New frame glued in and fresh clips fixed into place
I now have all the portholes replaced on the Starboard side and will start on the port side tomorrow.
|End result outside
|And inside though the liner is yet to be fixed permanently
The glass area is slightly smaller as these new windows have their own metal frame unlike the originals, small price to pay for better thermal quallity.
|Showing the opening window which can then be removed if required
You may be wondering why the new portholes do not look as shiny as the old ones. This is because they cannot be anodised to give the glossy shine as it destroys the thermal break. Instead we had them powder coated a silver colour though in the photos it looks grey.
|The original portholes
|The new ones in place.