Monday, November 28, 2016

Storm windows? On a boat??

We use Eolian all winter long (at the dock anyway), therefore we heat her all winter long.  On houses, storm windows are used to provide an extra layer of insulation against the winter cold and weather.  If you have ports like these:

Do you have ports like this? can easily make and fit storm windows for them too!  I  don't take credit for this idea - it came from Drew, 6 years ago.  

But in any case, it couldn't be simpler.  First you need to remove the screens from your ports (we don't have ours installed - no bugs to speak of in the PNW... :^) ).   It is easy to do this.  The rubber gasket that traps the screens in place is not glued in - it is just wedged into a slot on the port frame:

Just pull it out
You just need to pull it out.  If you haven't ever had yours off, they may be glued in there with algae and other growth tho.  With the gasket off, simply lift the screen out of its recess.

Of course, you'll need the actual storm windows.  For these you'll want some kind of thin plastic - less than 1/8" (the thickness of the screens).  I made mine out of the glazing from a couple of old poster frames that were destined for the recycle bin.  I just traced the outline of the screen on the plastic sheet and then cut them out on my bandsaw.  I suppose you could use a sabre saw, or even a hack saw (tho the corners would be tedious).  And you might even want to smooth out the edges with a bench grinder and/or a file - I did this with mine.

And just slip them in where the screens were

And then you just drop them into the recess that the screen was in, and reinstall the rubber gasket.  (If you look closely, you'll notice that there is a joint on the gasket - this should go to the top.)  Be sure to get the gasket flange firmly pushed into the slot all the way around, otherwise the window won't close - you could break it if you try.

Easy peasy.



Drew Frye said...

Yup, I too add these windows, both to Becksons and others. They add more warmth than you would think. An easier and faster way is:

* Score and snap the sheets to size. This goes very quickly with a plastic cutter (or the back edge of a razor knife. Less risk of shattering.
* Round the corners with a hand grinder.

To store then in the off season I cut old sheets into 24" wide strips and wrap them, folding after each window is placed. The whole boat (20 windows) fits in 3 scratch-proof bundles.

TinySails said...

I used thin closed cell foam (think yoga mat material) cut to fit into the portlight. No special tools other than scissors, moisture/mildew resistant, and a privacy screen or light blocker if you need it for sleeping. I've thought of covering them to have them look nicer, and fitting them into the hinge so they can be raised and lowered, but that's a project still in the imagination phase. said...

I wish I had those kinds of ports, but I'm going to have to come up with something else to get my 'double paned' windows for Galapagos. I want to retain the light-giving (life giving) aspect of being able to see through the windows. I may have to go the sheet plastic route, like shrink wrap for windows.

TinySails said...

LCP - could you cut plastic ones like in the original post, just slightly bigger so that you could Velcro to your frame, maybe with a thin weatherstripping between the velco pieces?

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