Q&A: Port Bezels

Question: Could you post detailed photos to your website of the wooden bezels you fitted to your ports to accept Plexiglas covers? Did you do the same for your hatches? We are losing the battle against condensation in Florida’s current cold snap. Thanks!

Answer: When we were battling condensation during our two winters in arctic Norway, we used plastic sheeting and weather-stripping to kludge a cheap and cheerful double glazing over the ports and hatches. It wasn’t beautiful but it worked quite well.

However, the bezels that we designed and had built to surround Morgan’s Cloud’s custom ports so that we can attach Plexiglas covers to them in the winter, do a much better job and look a lot better too. Now we’re contemplating how to deal with our large custom hatches…

The bezel is shown in its cold weather configuration with the Plexiglas cover installed. In warmer conditions we remove the Plexiglas so that the port can be opened. I (Phyllis) designed and built the curtains which attach with Velcro. They work well and are easy to remove for cleaning
The plan that the bezels were made from. Click to load a larger PDF file
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Phyllis has sailed over 40,000 offshore miles with John on their McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, most of it in the high latitudes, and has crossed the Atlantic three times. As a woman who came to sailing as an adult, she brings a fresh perspective to cruising, which has helped her communicate what they do in an approachable way, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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