removable windscreen on 5m half cabin

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by Batten, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. Batten
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    Batten New Member

    Hi Guys i am after some ideas and guidance on how to reduce the clearance of my boat so it can slide under my carport and i can work on it out of the weather?

    my original plan is to ether hinge the windscreen or maybe change the bolts to quick release. i did a quick search of the forums and couldn't really find much has anyone attempted this. has anyone got any good advice or tips as this is my first boat and im new to all this?

    Cheers
    Batten
     

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  2. fallguy
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    fallguy Senior Member

    I would recommend you get rid of the existing and switch it to a folding frame or a set of posts and a frame that picks up off the posts. Both would use eisenglass.

    The pin n post might look nicer, but the folding frame would be much easier and more affordable.
     
  3. Batten
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    Batten New Member

    Hi Fallguy thanks for the info,
    I have had a look around the net and cant find any thing on a "folding frame" could they possibly go by a different name or do you happen to have a pic?
     
  4. fallguy
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    Bimini frame or bimini top or eisenglas windscreen.
     
  5. fallguy
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    fallguy Senior Member

    If you call a boat canvas maker they can build one for you. Just make sure they do eisenglass or clear work. And make sure the windscreen folds down flat so it doesn't get wrinkled. And you can probably put sideglass in it as well.
     

  6. messabout
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    messabout Senior Member

    Batten; You have a hard plexiglass windscreen. Fall guy is suggesting that you replace the hard one with a flexible one that is part of a folding top of ...Probably Sunbrella fabric and soft clear plastic window. The result can be, if you wish to have it, a top that extends a short distance over the top of the helmsmans position. A similar arrangement, but on a smaller scale, is called a "hatch dodger". In either case they will fold flat.
     
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