Windshield material

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Re: Windshield material

Postby Roberta » Thu May 04, 2017 6:00 am

Materials will expand in the heat. The wood, glass and metal will all expand some in the heat of the summer sun. I try to leave about 1/8th inch on the side and center brackets. I'm pretty sure that is what cracked my Zip windshield. After that I ground some relief in the glass ( I have a diamond router for stain glass that I used). You want the glass to float in the framing. Your center and side brackets have a sort of pocket that allows for a "tongue" to fit into it to capture the panel. You want some relief there as well.

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Re: Windshield material

Postby bobinpowayca » Thu May 04, 2017 1:16 pm

Howdy, I just ordered my windshield brackets from lake shore castings. Just wondering if there's any "usual" angle you set your windshields at where they meet at the center post. I figure the answer's probably whatever you think looks best? Bob
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Re: Windshield material

Postby Roberta » Thu May 04, 2017 2:05 pm

The brackets will dictate the windshield angle. Base the angle off the center post.

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Re: Windshield material

Postby bobinpowayca » Thu May 04, 2017 8:13 pm

Thanks Roberta & Matt
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Re: Windshield material

Postby Hercdrvr » Fri May 05, 2017 4:46 am

Bob,
I too used Lake Shore brackets. I don't know what the answer is to get shinny brackets to match all the other shinny bling on the boat but Lake Shore's product is not the answer.
I paid $165 for rough cast brackets that look like crap. Then spend another $100 to have them polished, chrome plated not an option because the casting is so pitted, and now they look like shinned up crap.
Next time I will suck it up and buy some expensive high end brackets. I keep having to relearn this lesson over and over in boat building, cheap cost more in the end.

Yes, I'm having a little forum fit about this product. I expected more for my $265.


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Re: Windshield material

Postby Roberta » Fri May 05, 2017 5:11 am

For my Zip, I found some brackets off a Pen Yan on E-Bay. They were pitted slightly so I had them polished and re-chromed . The brackets were about $275.00 and another $175.00 for the re-chroming. The brackets on the Torpedo are Riviera reproductions from Classic Boat Connection. They were very rough castings and cost around $475.00 with another $500.00 for polishing and chroming. I did find the same brackets all chromed and ready to go for about $1600.00. The ones from Classic Boat Connection were the best deal and did turn out beautifully. Nice, original looking (or original) brackets are not cheap. I understand that the AL brackets can be chromed. No idea where or how much the cost is.

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Re: Windshield material

Postby vupilot » Fri May 05, 2017 5:37 am

The lake shore brackets definitely come rough cast. I had them chromed and they came back very nice and 7 years later still look great. Im sure the chrome shop had a lot of time in smoothing them out. I know others had them just polished and they look just as good. Both methods seem to match other bling on these boats just fine. I think I would go for just polished if doing it again.

Matt, do you think yours started out rougher than most or do you think the plater didnt spend enough time smoothing them before chrome?
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Re: Windshield material

Postby slug » Fri May 05, 2017 7:44 am

As I had previously mentioned, Tender Craft Boats has/had chrome plated bronze bracket set for around CDN$600. For you
"Mericans" take 35% off that! Check online for pics.
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Re: Windshield material

Postby Brad Tucker » Mon May 08, 2017 3:07 pm

+1 for the Tendercraft. He is a distributor for Davey & Co in the UK. More expensive, but worth it.

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Re: Windshield material

Postby Hercdrvr » Tue May 23, 2017 11:22 pm

It argued with me some, but I got windshield mounted. Went with tempered glass, hope they don't bust into a thousand pieces first big highway pot hole.

Boat is never finished but I'm calling this one complete and fit for duty.
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Re: Windshield material

Postby slug » Wed May 24, 2017 8:28 am

Looks good Matt.
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Re: Windshield material

Postby sscobra » Wed May 24, 2017 8:42 am

Beautiful boat, Matt. Skip
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Re: Windshield material

Postby JimmY » Wed May 24, 2017 9:19 am

Looks great.

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Re: Windshield material

Postby BayouBengal » Wed May 24, 2017 10:03 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!! :D

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Re: Windshield material

Postby Andy Garrett » Mon May 29, 2017 8:17 am

"shined up crap" :lol:

Mine kinda look like that too--but it matches the boat!

I still have no idea what vessel my brackets came from.
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