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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Main Salon Portlight Ideas

Time is approaching to start cutting holes in the deck for portlights (while the weather is dry). I have been undecided on what to do with the main salon windows. We want something that provides much light. It does not have to be opening. The raised cabin trunk of the main salon provides a large area on the sides for windows. A search for off-the-shelf portlights yields nothing that does not look awkward if not expensive.  I have seen a Westsail 42 with plain rectangular opening portlights installed (two on each side), but it just doesn't "look right".

So, I have resigned to the fact that we will have to do something custom. Not a big deal. It will be a bit more work, but it will be fun. With that, we are now presented with a chance to do something unique, or stick to the original window style. As much as I like the Westsail 42, I was never struck by the design of the main salon windows. But as I browse or think on it, I haven't discovered a design that looks any better. Then again, I am no designer.

What to do for main salon portlights?
Is there are portlight design you have seen that you like?


The Incredible Hull said...


I know you live in the frozen North but I presume the Carib might be on your cruising list. In this event opening ports are very nice, especially over the galley area. Unlike deck hatches they can be left open during rain. Just an idea.

Robert Sutton said...

Yeah, I have a number of forward and side opening lights planned (NFM). There will likely be dorades for ventilation. I cant see spending huge $$$ on large opening lights that wont provide much air flow when on the hook/buoy (while boat streams INTO the wind). But I am still thinking on ideas.

Dani said...

I definitely vote for opening port lights as well. Imagine if you burn that cooking while inside on a rainy day. How will you ventilate? Also seaksickness is made like 100 times worse in a stuffy area. It'll feel nice to have a real breeze coming through.

I agree with you on the rectangle windows. I don't like them on the Westsail either. However i'm not sure what else you could put there.

I wish our boat had more windows with light, but the I like the safety that comes along with small portlights.

I bet you could get a really nice type of rectangular window than the dated ones you often see on the W42's now.

If I find nice portlights on a port that size, i'll send it your way.

The boat is looking good.