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Marc1 20-07-2020 00:44

Visibility
 
I have a little 22' pocket cruiser that lives on a river and bobs around with family and friends. It performs well for what we have her, but suffers from the classic problem of poor visibility.

I changed the pedestal and seat to be able to sit higher, and that helped.

I placed a black fabric on the dash to avoid reflection of the white hull material on the inside of the windscreen, and that helped a bit too.

However i still get a lot of reflection when I have the sun in front or on the side. The reflection is on the glass that is flat and no amount of cleaning seems to help. If I get salt water on the glass it is just impossible to see when the sun is in front.

The other day i was squinting and sticking my head out the window as usual when I had an aha moment. i remembered the passenger launches when I was a kid all with a sort of visor on steroids over their flat windscreen. Would that be the reason for that ugly accessory?
Would that help me? It is an easy contraption to make, and I don't care much for looks. Here are a couple of the original boats of my youth, all built in the forties and fifties,

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Wotname 20-07-2020 02:19

Re: Visibility
 
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Originally Posted by Marc1 (Post 3189987)
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The other day i was squinting and sticking my head out the window as usual when I had an aha moment. i remembered the passenger launches when I was a kid all with a sort of visor on steroids over their flat windscreen. Would that be the reason for that ugly accessory?
Would that help me? It is an easy contraption to make, and I don't care much for looks. Here are a couple of the original boats of my youth, all built in the forties and fifties,
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Yes, that is the reason for the shade. Alternatively you can slope the glass forward at the top which keeps the sun off the surface of the glass with only a small overhanging shade (unless the sun is very low on the horizon). Sort of like an air traffic control tower.

Marc1 21-07-2020 18:27

Re: Visibility
 
Yes, a forward leaning windscreen would be ideal, but to do that I would have to rebuild the cabin at an outrageous cost. May as well buy another boat :)
But a shade over it at the front I can manage. Bend a bit of aluminium tubing and stretch a piece of canvas over it.


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