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3boys posted 08-23-2010 01:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for 3boys   Send Email to 3boys  

Greetings to all,

Just returned from vacationing on Block Island with the wife and two sons - having slept 8 nights on our Boston Whaler 305 Conquest. It was wonderful!

One of the benefits of spending an extended time on the boat is the ability to address a number minor issues that otherwise fall by the wayside. On the other hand, some of those little, nagging items become rather magnified...

For example, my portholes tend to weep ever so slightly - but there does not appear to be a means to tighten the dogs. Does anyone have advice on this short of replacing the gaskets? Is replacing the gaskets the only solution?

Many thanks!

jollyrog305 posted 08-23-2010 05:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for jollyrog305    
There should be a small set screw in each latch. Try to tighten each a bit to see if that helps.
3boys posted 08-23-2010 08:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for 3boys  Send Email to 3boys     

Thanks for the feedback Jollyrog. Indeed I note there is one Phillips head screw holding each of the three portlight latches however they already appear tight and I cannot see how they'd have room for adjustment. Took a look at the whalerparts website and it lists only the trim ring - no mention of the latches. Am I missing something?

I could take the latches off and sand down the area which mates to the trim ring (thus allowing more tension to be applied to the lexan) but I fear the potential of snapping off one or more of the screws in the process.

Any further thoughts would be most welcomed...


jollyrog305 posted 08-24-2010 07:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for jollyrog305    
Look at the underside of the latch where it “presses” against the lexan/glass. What year is your Conquest? I will take a picture of mine when I am there this weekend if you still can’t find the set screw. The set screw should allow you to increase/decrease tension at various points/latches around the glass.
3boys posted 08-24-2010 09:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for 3boys  Send Email to 3boys     
Hey Jollyrog,

Many thanks for the additional feedback. I'll take a look at the boat after work to see if I can identify the set screws you've referenced. My Boston Whaler 305 Conquest is an '05 model.

Best wishes,

handn posted 08-24-2010 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
Try cleaning the salt from the outside of the glass and the inside of the rubber seal. On a long cruise, the salt builds up and breaks the seal.
I agree with the other posters that there is a way to tighten the latch without sanding it down.
We spent a lot of time cruising in our 305. For a small boat, it is quite comfortable.
3boys posted 08-24-2010 03:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for 3boys  Send Email to 3boys     

Hey Handn,

Thanks for your input. I'm really intrigued at the prospect that those three small nylon/delrin latches might also house a set screw used to adjust the pressure on the portlights. I'm planning to take a look after work today and will report back my findings. In the mean time, your suggestion to clean the seals and lexan ports is a good one.

Best wishes,

3boys posted 08-25-2010 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for 3boys  Send Email to 3boys     

Good morning Jollyrog & Handn,

Thanks again for your kind inputs and indeed you're both correct regarding there being a setscrew in the port light latches! See below link to a picture of the set screw taken with my Blackberry:¤t=IMG00092-20100825-0833.jpg

Clearly a sign of age when the eyes are too dim to see well. However, its comforting to know that I should be able to quell the leaks!

Best wishes,

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