Portlight screen replacements

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by Capt.Will, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. Capt.Will

    Capt.Will New Member

    22
    Aug 15, 2016
    Lake St. Clair
    1997 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI Mercruiser Inboards
    My vessel: 1997 330 Sundancer

    Issue: original screens are toast. As most of you know the originals were glued in along with the seal/gasket. Bad design and cheap screen material.

    Possible replacement options: My local Sea Ray dealer has a screen/gasket combo that they claim is the better option over original OEM idea and the cost is $60 ea. Ouch!

    Ebay has a screen gasket combo for about $45 ea.

    Has anyone installed either of these options on their vessel? Do they work, look good, etc? If so, should I take a chance on the Bay deal or go dealer cost?

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  2. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
  3. Capt.Will

    Capt.Will New Member

    22
    Aug 15, 2016
    Lake St. Clair
    1997 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI Mercruiser Inboards
    I have been considering that option as well. The glue on the current seals sort of damage the material when removing it. I can see why SEA RAY used glue because two sided tape really would not create a solid seal between the screen and the frame of the portlight. I really like the current solution. Seems like it would be very solid and not as easy to kick out from the outside of the boat. Guess I looking to see if anyone has purchased these from Ebay or not and if the quality is good or not.
     
  4. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I had a boat neighbor buy some offbrand screens for his 400DA this past season. They didn't come anywhere close to fitting his 400. Based on my "throw nothing away" nature they ended up in my dock box. Just make sure you confirm all of the dimensions on the Ebay rigs before buying. Otherwise, nothing to lose..expect a few bucks!
     
  5. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI Gen VI with V drives
    I made my own screens with a roll of Big Box screen. Sun gets mine before an errant foot. I did buy the gaskets once, and now just reuse them. However, we almost never have the ports open, so glued in or pressed in doesn't make a difference to me. I have a stack of pre-cut screens for future use.
     
  6. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
  7. Capt.Will

    Capt.Will New Member

    22
    Aug 15, 2016
    Lake St. Clair
    1997 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI Mercruiser Inboards
    That is the best price so far. I assume you purchased from that site? Reliable?

    Would love to know when you install them and see if they work to your liking.
     
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  8. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    Yes I ordered them from that site.

    I just never got around to install them last year so I'll get to them at some point this off season.
     
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  9. Capt.Will

    Capt.Will New Member

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    Aug 15, 2016
    Lake St. Clair
    1997 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI Mercruiser Inboards
    I just ordered 4 and will install them this week. Will let you know. Hope they are rock solid. Thanks for the help. William
     
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  10. Capt.Will

    Capt.Will New Member

    22
    Aug 15, 2016
    Lake St. Clair
    1997 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI Mercruiser Inboards

    Received the order and installed them this week and......THEY FIT PERFECT!

    Thanks again for the lead. Absolutely love them. If I have to replace the screen again, as long as the seal is not leaking I will just buy the screen insert.
     
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  11. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    When you removed the old seal how much glue/residue was left that needed to be cleaned before installing the new?
     
  12. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    I replaced mine with the gasket/screen insert combo a few years back. My advice is do it on a warm day but NOT in direct sunlight. I did mine in July or August. The starboard side ones in the shade were easy. The adhesive came off with the gasket. The port side ones in the sun, yikes! Most of the adhesive stayed on the bezel. Lots of acetone & elbow grease to prep for the replacements.
     
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  13. Capt.Will

    Capt.Will New Member

    22
    Aug 15, 2016
    Lake St. Clair
    1997 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI Mercruiser Inboards
    There wasn't much residue. Very little that was removed by hand. Very quick procedure.
     
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  14. Capt.Will

    Capt.Will New Member

    22
    Aug 15, 2016
    Lake St. Clair
    1997 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI Mercruiser Inboards
    I agree. I removed mine when it was cold out and most of it removed with the old seal.
     
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