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Re: Windshield material

Postby Bill Edmundson » Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:34 pm

Carl

What you finally do is up to you. These are just things to work through while sitting in the chair next to the cooler!

Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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Re: Windshield material

Postby Hercdrvr » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:02 pm

I've been a forum hound the last couple weeks, thanks for all the advice from everyone. I'm at the, pulling it all together, phase of the build.

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Re: Windshield material

Postby hoodman » Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:29 am

Thanks for sharing your build, Matt!

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Re: Windshield material

Postby JimmY » Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:48 am

Hey Guys,

I just checked out the site that Rich used, and they have a free online quote feature. I ran a couple of scenarios for my Squirt, laminated glass (1/4" x 10" x 18") with a couple of different edge and tint options and it was between $120 and $150 for a pair of windshields. And Tempered glass was a little bit cheaper. They have an option for custom shapes and looks like they can take CAD files. Definitely worth taking a look at them.

Thanks, Rich!
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Re: Windshield material

Postby Bill Edmundson » Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:09 am

You really need to make a template. Unless you are a lot better than me, you deck will not be perfectly smooth and symmetric. Laminated glass can be ground and changed some. But, once they temper the glass you're done.

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Re: Windshield material

Postby bobinpowayca » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:33 pm

Howdy Matt B, I am about ready to do the windshield on my Geronimo and I want to do the brackets like you got. I have a couple questions. Are these brackets "one size fits all" - I assume you could place these on my boat as well as any basic runabout? I'm thinking you could put them where you want. Also, what will you "bed" the bottom of the windshield in on the deck - I'd guess ordinary gasket? Oh and a third question - what will you bed the glass into the brackets with? Thanks a lot for your postings! Bob
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Re: Windshield material

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Re: Windshield material

Postby Hercdrvr » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:05 pm

The brackets are versatile up to a certain height. I think they would look funny if you tried to use a piece of glass that's significantly taller than the brackets.

I was just going to run some rubber U Channel along the bottom of the glass.

To secure the glass in the brackets...plan is some 3M 5200.

I'll have to get back to you on how it works out. This is new ground for me, 1st boat didn't have a windshield.

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Re: Windshield material

Postby Bill Edmundson » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:16 pm

Matt B

I would not use 5200. The link that I posted has a flat rubber. It has a tacky side. You put soapy water on it, fold it over the edge of the glass, then put it into the bracket. You then trim excess material with a razor. This material is about an inch wide and 1/16" thick.

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Re: Windshield material

Postby Hercdrvr » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:29 pm

http://www.acmerubber.com/uchannel.htm

This company has every size of rubber channel know to man. I got some to trim out my seat back hatches. The stainless is a little sharp to be swinging open at an exposed leg.

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Re: Windshield material

Postby Hercdrvr » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:44 pm

Bill

Looking at the classic boat connection catalog now. Yep, that looks like the right stuff. Thanks for the link

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Re: Windshield material

Postby slug » Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:38 am

Tendercraft boats in Toronto as a rubber channel for fitting on the bottom to seal out waves, etc.Buy the foot.

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Re: Windshield material

Postby Hercdrvr » Wed May 03, 2017 12:41 pm

Getting the windshield template shaped to the deck. After going back and forth on Lexan, laminated glass or tempered glass I decided to go with tempered glass for its strength. Lexan scratches too easily, laminated could crack in the rough boating environment. Disadvantage of tempered, if it breaks, it really breaks.
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Re: Windshield material

Postby Roberta » Wed May 03, 2017 12:57 pm

Lexan and plexi are off my list. Either tempered or laminated were my choices. My glass shop dealt with laminated, so I went that way. Leave some room for expansion and movement either way. I did have one laminated panel crack on the Zip because I mounted it a little tight. Haven't had any issues with the Torpedo.

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Re: Windshield material

Postby Hercdrvr » Wed May 03, 2017 6:41 pm

Roberta,
What do you mean leave room for expansion? Don't I want it all nice and snug?
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