I very much appreciate everyones response and thoughts on the issue.
The big trade-off seems to be between having the large windows and natural light, vs. going smaller and gaining ventilation.
For those who have cruised in the tropics, which would you appreciate more: the ventilation of a few more small opening ports
or the view/light afforded by the large windows?
If I were to keep the big ones, I like the idea of thru-bolting some lexan
or plexiglass. If you notice the pictures, I have removed all of the old vinyl/foam backed healiner on the inside and have bare fiberglass
exposed for now. I eventually plan on covering the walls with hard panels
, possibly plywood
glued to the side walls where the windows are and panels
screwed onto firring strips for the overhead areas.
I guess if I bolt on some glass, I'd need to create some sort of trim ring for the inside, and possibly one for the outside as well. I have a good hook up for stainless or aluminium, so I could maybe do something like what jrd22 posted without much trouble. I honestly think the fact that I would need to make trim/frames for the windows is what scares me the most, though I don't know why.