In 1960 the windshields were made of plexiglass and over the years mine had developed scratches and cracks.
|The old plexiglass windshield had several cracks and was scratched.|
This winter I finally bought a glass windshield for the Belmont. I was given the sellers number when I bought the boat but $300 seemed like a lot of money to pay for an "accessory" for a non-operational $1200 boat. Five years later the price went up to $500 but somehow based on the amount of fun we've had the price seemed like a bargain.
|In 63 Dorsett started using glass windshields that were held closed with levers where|
my plexiglass windshield has thumb latches mounted further out.
The windshield arrived in perfect condition, but it presented a dilemma. The brackets on the glass Dorsett windshield were longer than the brackets on my plexiglass windshield.A normal person would have just drilled new holes for the brackets but since I
- a) didn't want to drill holes in the boat and
- b) I didn't have the mounting brackets for the glass windshield
|The 63 Dorsett windshield has longer brackets that are cast and appear to pivot on a ball.|
|The plexiglass windshield had aluminum brackets that wrap around the glass and pivot on a shoulder screw.|
I made a cardboard pattern and split the difference to line up with the pivot point.
|I bought a sheet of .10 aluminum which was a little thicker than the original but could still be bent.|
Buy some good blades, the aluminum is soft and it gums up the jigsaw teeth.
|The new bracket on the glass windshield with the original mount location. Stainless 1/4-20 button head screws with stainless acorn nuts hold the windshield bracket in the 3 original hole locations.|
|Two happy campers can see clearly now.|