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Old 04-05-2008, 17:25   #1
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Sliding Windows in pilot house, moss included

I've got sliding windows on the side of the pilot house that I need to replace. They are in aluminum frames, the type that have a fiber brush-like weather seal, sort of like what you see for automotive use. Since the boat is in the PNW (Anacortes area), the lower part of the frames also host a substantial moss garden, which probably explains why the windows have to be replaced (full of cracks from trying to free-up the window). It appears that the frame disassembles (or maybe it did 25 years ago) from the inside, but I have no idea how the fiber seal is retained. The glass is not laminated. Has anyone else worked on similiar installations or knows of good websites or references on this????

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Old 04-05-2008, 22:26   #3
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Thanks Charlie

That glass place certainly looks like to the place to go. Thanks.

Now, I just have to get the frame apart without destroying it (will try an impact screw driver ... they work well with aluminum), and then figure out where to get that fiber-like weather seal
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I carry 3 different heights of high density polypile insulating strips. That is the fancy name for the "fuzz" in sliding windows. It is difficult to measure what you already have, especially after they start to grow. email me at I would be happy to send you samples to find the correct match.
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I have a similar system of sliding window that uses a U-shaped stainless steel rail and plastic strips attached to "fuzz" so that the window does not slide freely on its own, but does move when you push it. The frame is held in place with bedding compound. Someone before me had put screws through the stainless which caused water to get into the wood which caused dry rot. It used to be plastic similar to Plexiglass which scratched easily but is now laminated glass. I had a local glass shop cut the glass for me.

I use a bottle washer and some glass cleaner to get in there to clean it.


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