Beckson ports are known for their high production quality and outstanding drainage. They're found as both OEM and replacement ports on boats built from the 80's to present. Parts and replacement ports are often available for shipment within one business day (unless out of stock).
Do you have Beckson ports?
There are three brands of plastic ports found on sailboats and they look almost identical at first glance. Start by looking at the frame inside the cabin. The name Beckson is molded into the top side of the frame.
Open the port and measure the lens from outside edge to outside edge. Match the dimensions to those described below. All products in the row will fit that port. Just click the link for price, availability, and to purchase.
Get the right port design
Beckson makes two different port designs for different applications.
Self Drain is the port for applications that are close to veritcal.
Rain Drain ports are designed for use in an angled surface -- up to 45 degrees from plumb.
Both styles have good drainage, avoiding trapped water that falls intio the cabin when you open the port.
Get the right spigot
The term spigot refers to the part that goes through the fiberglass and extends beyond it to the outside. Beckson ports offer a choice of spigot length to accommodate variations of fiberglass thickness.
Complete ports come with everything: the port body, lens, trim ring, screen, and gasket. Installation adhesive is not included.
Leaky ports are due to either deterioration of the adhesive used to seat the port, or the rubber gasket which seals the lens when it is closed. If the sealant is bad you need to remove the port and rebed it. We stock the proper adhesive for re-installation. Replacement gasket is also available. Please read gasket installation instructions.
Fast shipping on parts
We stock gasket, dogs, lens, trim rings, and screens for same- or next-day shipment (when in stock). Complete ports are not stocked and require 2-3 weeks plus shipping time.
New Port Shutters
These shutters are sized specifically for Beckson portlights. They are incredibly easy to install (no tools required). The built-in design requires no drilling, and leaves no shades flapping around when not in use. In addition to 100% privacy when closed, they prevent heat and UV rays from entering the boat, keeping the cabin cooler. Light beige color.
Instructions: Match your lens dimensions to find your port size. Click the links in the row to purchase ports or parts.
Beckson gasket installation instructions
Remove old gasket by pulling out of groove. Before installing a new gasket make sure groove is clean and dry. Do not use any type of lubricant and make sure the screen is in place, smooth side facing toward you and leg down into inner groove, before installing the new gasket.
The part of the gasket that fits into the groove is the smaller, thinner part which is called the "leg". Start in between the two hinges by positioning the seam of the gasket over the outer groove of the window frame. Work from this location toward the top right corner. Guide entry of the leg of the gasket into the outer groove with your hand by bending the gasket out and away from the frame 90 deg. (see Fig. 1) Pushing down firmly at the 90 deg point with your index finger or thumb will seat the gasket into the groove. Proceed slowly, seating 1/4" at a time.
As you work around the corners, slightly stretch the gasket so extra material doesn't cause a crease or a bump.
After seating the gasket around the first corner by hand, take the end of a wooden ruler or similar tool with a dull flat end and press down on top of the leg of the gasket to complete seating the first corner. (see Fig. 2) This is accomplished when the small ribs on the leg of the gasket are completely inserted into the groove. Continue on to the following corners in the same manner until the gasket. is completely seated in the groove. Seating the last corner will require slight stretching of the gasket. If the gasket pulls out of the opposite corner, this indicates you need to go back to that corner and stretch the gasket a little more along with pushing it down into the groove further.
Take extra care to make sure the leg is completely seated near the hinges and latches.
The complete gasket should now be smooth and uniform.
Note: These gaskets require some effort to install. A tight installation assures a water tight seal.
Tip from the field. Our thanks to Matt Jenkins:
Just before installing the gasket, carefully stretch / flex it a bit - Start next to the seam holding the gasket between the thumb and forefinger of each hand, with about an inch of gasket between. Give it a little stretch. Work your way around the gasket. Be careful not to pull on the seam or over stretch.. This flexes the rubber a bit (like stretching a balloon before blowing it up) removing the stiffness. It also stretches it out temporarily just enough to make it fit better with almost no pull on the final corner.