Show Me Your Front Windows, 3 or 4 ??

BillD

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Laying out the front windshield on a "virtual build" in my mind.:D

3 windows? Better visibility?
4 windows? Better visibility?

Opening?, no opening?

We like the optional breeze in our faces when cruising on nice days.

If you have windows that open?? What kind?

Finally, what do have for windows?

Top of the line?

Fixed glass by a local glass shop?

Custom?

Standard???

Appreciated, Bill D
 

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Ive had both opening and closing... It can get hot inside on the hot summer days. I will say this though...

On my boat that had no opening windows we had air conditioning on all the time. The corrision in the cabin was damn near zero as well as no sweating on interior equipment. I really think there is something to say about that. Of course does it outweigh the generator cost and figure $4/hr to run, probably not.

Just make sure that you dont have opening windows infront of dash mounted equipment etc...

Anyone know just how expensive sliding windows are for the hull side? I know they vary but just curious to get some ball park figures...
 

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Ive had both opening and closing... It can get hot inside on the hot summer days. I will say this though...

On my boat that had no opening windows we had air conditioning on all the time. The corrision in the cabin was damn near zero as well as no sweating on interior equipment. I really think there is something to say about that. Of course does it outweigh the generator cost and figure $4/hr to run, probably not.

Just make sure that you dont have opening windows infront of dash mounted equipment etc...

Anyone know just how expensive sliding windows are for the hull side? I know they vary but just curious to get some ball park figures...

In my "virtual build" in my mind, I'm leaning toward 3 windows, 2 outside fixed, middle one an awning opening. Helm sliding door and a port side rear sliding window.

You are correct, gotta have ventilation when it's hot, NO a/c if avoidable.
 

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I have 3 Wynnes across on my Duffy, the helm opens. Sliding door on the side is key, boat is easily run singlehanded.

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4 Wynne windows, 3/8" safety glass. I was debating 5 but with 4 the framing was more sound. Helm is a tip out. I find that theres a sweet spot when tightening the window closed. Too tight and the window will leak with heavy spray, too loose same deal.
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I have 3 Wynnes across on my Duffy, the helm opens. Sliding door on the side is key, boat is easily run singlehanded.

4 Wynne windows, 3/8" safety glass. I was debating 5 but with 4 the framing was more sound. Helm is a tip out. I find that theres a sweet spot when tightening the window closed. Too tight and the window will leak with heavy spray, too loose same deal.
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Thank you for the pics and info...... appreciated
 

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I had a vented center window that I removed and placed a solid window when I refurbished my boat. I have a slide door and port side slide window and I get plenty of ventilation when they are open. If need be install a couple of small 12v fans after time a vented window will leak.

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i have the standard 3 (non opening) on my duffy (but like the 4 look better), a sliding one on the portside and a door on the starboard.#1, they dont leak !, good ventilation, but am thinking about a small hatch on the roof with the opening facing forward.
 

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Another vote for the Wynnes... I have 3, L & R are fixed, center opens upwards and out. I have always thought 4 would give better visibility. With 3 in a crowded harbor, you need to move your head around to make sure you're in the clear.
 

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I have three forward opening bomar windows in front. Love them , very nice to open up on a cruise . They don't leak a drop, nor do the hinges, locking setup, or fasteners rattle. There's some pics of them open under my boat add in classifieds, although boats off the market.
 

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Best I can find. I've caught grown men actually siting on them while they where open . Of course I asked them nicely to not that do that, when actually I would rather they fall of the boat at sea. You know the feeling.

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Three four or five really depends on the layout of the house front. On my JC 31 there were three breaks across the front. Therefore three windows was a must. The smaller the window the stronger they will be. But too much framing can get in the way. Diamond Sea Glaze are very high tech and they were my choice. However they are very pricey these days and they are getting even higher.
I am not a big fan of opening front windows. For the long haul with sliding they will start to fail. A sliding side window that fails you can live with, but fronts can be a real problem. If you want more front air then maybe a few opening top hatches would be better.
I have had my JC out in heavy weather many times and the S/G fixed windows were bullet proof.
I concur with the Helen H’s choice of four windows. Even though the hard top had three fields a center window that large would have been a strength defeat.

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I must admit - my forward opening center window leaks a bit. Small price to pay for a little airflow when it's 90 degrees in mid-July!
 

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I have 3 front windows in my 26 Duffy. They are Bomon not Bomar windows. Atlantic Boat highly recommended the Bomons. The center one hinges out, has never leaked a drop.
 

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I have 3 front windows in my 26 Duffy. They are Bomon not Bomar windows. Atlantic Boat highly recommended the Bomons. The center one hinges out, has never leaked a drop.

Yes sorry, bowman is correct bomar makes my Lures. :-D. My 31 Duffy came from Atlantic, but was finished by general marine. Not a leak or prob going on 12 yrs.
 
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I got five all with safety glass with two piece rubber and never a leak....i might put a wynn drop slider in the middle next spring

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Mdi what r the prices like on the rubber and glass? Anyone chime in with their prices...
 


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