Blue View - Replacing & Rebedding a Portlight

Blue View - Replacing & Rebedding a Portlight

We have replaced almost all the portlights on Nine of Cups over the years. The only ones we hadn't gotten to were the three on the transom. They were crazed to the point that they were almost translucent, and replacing them had been on the to-do list for quite a while. We were recently varnishing the trim in the aft cabin, and noticed that two of the three transom portlights had also begun leaking – nothing serious - but at least a small drip. Now seemed as good a time as any to replace them.

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Repairing a Delaminated Deck Part 2: Removal and Repair of the Core

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In Part 1 of this series about repairing a delaminated deck, I showed how I find the problem areas. If you missed it, you can see the video here.  This is Part 2 of the series, where I show you how to cut out the top layer of fiberglass then remove and replace the damaged core material. Watch the YouTube here

There to Here – Across the Pacific – Tonga

There to Here – Across the Pacific – Tonga

The Kingdom of Tonga is like no other place in the South Pacific. The “Friendly Islands” as Captain Cook called them, became a constitutional monarchy in 1875 and is the only remaining monarchy in the Pacific. There is a strong sense of pride in heritage, family and culture. There are no McDonalds nor Burger Kings and they seem not to have suffered from this lack of world-renowned commercial fast foods. When we arrived from Niue and tied up to the Q-dock in Neiafu waiting for the officials to check us in, we could sense a palpable difference. This was authentic South Pacific.

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