Trimming Port Openings and Discussion with the Expert

We had our meeting scheduled with Michael from Mayer Yacht Services ( to talk about our options for the rot already, so we had some time to start on other work.

We decided to go ahead and get the port openings ready for the glass to be installed.  For the last month or so, I have had all of the glass out of the boat’s house.  I had all new safety glass cut for the boat.  Safety glass is laminated sheets of glass, and they are bonded to a skin in the center.  The skin and bonding will keep the window intact if it were to break or get hit with something.  Tempered glass, on the other hand, is what you have in your car.  When it breaks it shatters into a million little pieces.  It is stronger, but a broken port of tempered glass leaves a 3-foot hole in the boat where safety glass would stay in place and would keep the elements out (or at least most of them)
See the rest of the blog posts on the refit (along with photos and videos) at (

Join us on our journey as we continue to rebuild, refit and prepare our Formosa 51 Sailboat for our continued cruising journey. We have always loved the Formosa, bought one (on a bit of a whim) late in 2014, moved aboard this one right away and started to do our refit while living board. We are avid fans of Cruising Outpost and Good Ole Boat (Good Old Boat) magazines and love the ideas we get from them.

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