How to make traditional looking port holes/windows
by Stuart Warden
(Cape Town, South Africa)
I am now completing a wooden cabin top conversion and now need to consider installing port holes.
Traditional port holes are not available or affordable.
In the photograph I have given a section of a traditional Norfolk sailing boat and that is the look I require - although my boat looks nothing like this.
My options are:
1) Try to manufacture brass cover plates
2) Manufacture wooden rings and ovals
3) I read somewhere someone making rings from casting fibreglass rings and adding a copper pigment.
The last option seems the simplest, could look quite authentic and would not need maintenance.
I would welcome any comments, ideas or suggestions.