Boatbuilding Blog

February 16, 2009

Dry-Fitting the Portholes

Filed under: Building - Cabin, Hardware — tomlarkin @ 3:26 am

I fitted the new portholes yesterday. Today I’ll seal the bare plywood with epoxy. The ports have springs in the hinges so they stay open automatically.  I also fitted the stern hatch so I can pre-drill the through-mounting holes on the hinge side and seal those holes at the same time.  

Port portholes and stern hatch 

 Inside view      Starboard showing cutout



  1. Hopefully checking in for new updates. I was wondering what hardware you are using on your sliding doors. Hung from the top? Rollers on the bottom?
    The primer looks nice. What product do you use, and how do you like it?

    Comment by Bill — February 26, 2009 @ 10:24 am

  2. Hi Bill, I’ll be doing a blog on the doors pretty soon. They’ll be hung from sail track. The starboard door will be latched on the inside, and the port one will have a hasp that sticks through the front pocket for a padlock to attach to. That’s about it for hardware. The doors themselves will be 3/4-inch Coosa foam with 1/4-inch plywood on both sides to lower the weight and avoid warping.

    Comment by Tom — February 27, 2009 @ 12:02 am

  3. Oh, yeah – the primer is Interlux Epoxy Prime-Coat 404-414. It’s great – flows on smooth and dries hard and fast. Sands well. Really smelly though! I’m going to use Interlux Perfection 2-part poly paint for the main finish.

    Comment by Tom — February 27, 2009 @ 12:07 am

  4. Thanks for the info – I’m watching intently for your next blog. It’s an exciting build!

    Comment by Bill — March 9, 2009 @ 9:42 am

  5. Hullo from New Zealand. I bought the plans for the Godzilla 22 a couple of years back & they hang on my study wall. I have not been brave enough to proceed. I think your boat looks great. I shall follow your progress with great interest. Best wishes

    Comment by Ian Mossman — July 8, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

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