My boat is up for some new glass this winter I think and the tint is more than I want for the front but would be nice to keep the heat down a little and give the boat a different look on the side windows.
Does is make a big difference in the cabin temps? I think your boat is open back so this may be a stupid question....
as far as the tint goes, mine are limo glass which is as dark as it gets. there are different levels of tint and even colors, the bronze really looked good on a 25 northern bay we helped a friend with.
I tinted my side windows and it helps with the heat in the summer. I don't find them a detriment at night. I feel the tint cuts down on the cross reflections of other lights on shore or from the fleet.
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I would agree that the tint makes it harder to see in low light conditions but a definite advantage with regard to being cooler and easier to see in bright light conditions. We have a darker tint on the sides and a very light tint on the front windows to make it easier at night.
Does make it a bit harder to see at night, absolutely with more lights that you're heading towards. But you can split that with an opening window, have the top be tinted and the bottom, stationary section be clear/less tinted.
I just open my window when it becomes necessary and I do quite a bit of night travel. Nothing like following the full moon with tinted windows, very surreal.
Anybody ever tried solar shades? They roll up and down as needed. Metromarine.com sells the ones that we have. They come with hold downs for the bottom. We have 22 windows in the wheelhouse of my tug, and I think it was around $2600 to do them all.
Angled corner windows, roll up from the bottom.
on a down east, they could possibly slap at high speed. They sure are handy.
What make is that window in the top pic Travis? Looks like solid hardware on it.
I am in the market for new windows (2" radius corners for Sisu) and just got a price from Bomon but the hardware looks like its all plastic. Plus hatch style window for the center in front has hinges that mount just on the glass with tabs that are on the outside. Not a great look.
Here's a shot of the 2" radius Bomon windows I installed 3 years ago in my 26' Sisu. I ordered them with a green tint which allows the most light transmission. Center (opening) window latches are poorly engineered. No leaks and nothing has broken. Basically very good windows