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#1 2023-09-21 07:49:08

Bill_Robinson
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From: Langkawi, Malaysia
Registered: 2021-06-14
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Opening port rubber seals. Frances 26

Does anyone know where to source the rubber seals, for the round and rectangular opening ports, on the Victoria built Frances 26 boats?

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#2 2023-09-21 13:45:32

Mo_Jefferies
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Registered: 2011-03-14
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Re: Opening port rubber seals. Frances 26

We've used these guys for portlight refurb.
http://hadlowmarine.com/Pages/Introduction.html

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#3 2023-09-21 14:15:33

Simon_Dewing
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From: Torquay / Texas
Registered: 2022-08-04
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Re: Opening port rubber seals. Frances 26

Bill,

Not sure about exactly what was fitted to F26's, Mithril was home completed so not a good guide.
But likely the yard used same supplier for the V30's.
Sabbatical was moulded in 83, completed in 84 and used rectangular ports from Timage (https://timage.co.uk/marine/hardware/po … thole.html).
They were able to supply me with new (black) seals for them to close against and I had the brass polished and lacquered then fitted new laminated glass with removeable sikaflex to replace the white glass seals as I felt this was less likely to leak.
before
1695301454_sabbatical_refit_47.jpg
after
1695300977_sabbatical_refit_332.jpg
1695302092_sabbatical_refit_310.jpg

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#4 2023-09-22 00:06:07

Bill_Robinson
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From: Langkawi, Malaysia
Registered: 2021-06-14
Posts: 103

Re: Opening port rubber seals. Frances 26

Hi Simon and Linda,
Thanks for your reply, your ports on Mithril, are exactly the same as what I have on Inyoni. Now I know who was the supplier.  I too have polished and lacquered mine, Mithril is looking very nice!
I will be contacting Timage as soon as possible.

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#5 2023-09-22 00:21:57

Simon_Dewing
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From: Torquay / Texas
Registered: 2022-08-04
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Re: Opening port rubber seals. Frances 26

Bill,

Thanks for the kind words, The pictures above are actually Sabbatical our V30 currently ashore in USA following total restoration.
1695338437_img_0441mod.jpg

Mithril is an F26 we bought last year in the UK (as we had a mooring allocated and shipping quotes for Sabbatical approached or exceeded her valuation). Long term plan is still to get Sabbatical home to the UK, shipping cost have dropped some but I may go ahead and sail her if and when I finally get to retire. That said Mithril is also a lovely boat she just hasn't had the time and effort lavished on her that went into Sabbatical. It would be a wrench to part with either of them but I can't sail both. Always possible one will go to my son.
Your Inyoni also looks very fine, you are doing a wonderful job with her.

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#6 2023-09-22 09:59:15

Bill_Robinson
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From: Langkawi, Malaysia
Registered: 2021-06-14
Posts: 103

Re: Opening port rubber seals. Frances 26

Thanks for the info. I am waiting for a reply from Timage.
I too have two boats, a round bilged steel Ebbtide 36 called Jenain, that I built, and live aboard since I launched her in 1996, and Inyoni, my Frances 26. Both here in the marina in Langkawi, Malaysia. Plan is to sell the Ebbtide, and live aboard the Frances. Hard to part with her though, she has been my home for nearly 30 years.

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#7 2023-10-06 07:30:38

Bill_Robinson
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From: Langkawi, Malaysia
Registered: 2021-06-14
Posts: 103

Re: Opening port rubber seals. Frances 26

Well Timage we’re most helpful indeed. The rubber seals are on the way.
They were not too expensive, £ 3.45/seal. However shipping to Malaysia in contrast, was very expensive, more than double the cost of the seals! However when I consider that the seals have lasted 36 years, I must be happy.

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