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Here’s an excerpt from a conversation on the Sam’s Marine Hatteras Owner’s Forum titled ‘Window Frames’:
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Yes sir done it a few to many times by the book and a few years down the road it starts again! The only thing that holds up best is to anodize it. But still not full proof if your in Salt water.
Talked with a older Gent been Anodizing all his life owns his own company here on the Island. His response was
“Son it will hold up if you anodize it then put it in the boat and put the boat up on blocks in the back yard”
On my list for updates is Fiberglass frames from Broadus Nice stuff and No more corrosion !
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Curved Glass Windshield
This 1974 model Hatteras recently had the boat windshields replaced with our fiberglass replacement boat window frames and glass. The original boat windshields were made from aluminum frames with plexi-glass, due to the curve of the windshield. The windows were leaking and the plexi-glass was aged with visible crazing.
Our ability to bend glass allowed us to replace the windshields with custom curved glass made from laminated safety glass. In this particular application, the customer selected tinted glass.
A Hatteras Motor Yacht has an updated look with corrosion free fiberglass replacement boat windows. These boat windows were installed by the owner with the help of our “How to Install” video series .
The windows that were replaced in this phase of restoration included:
- Front Boat Windshields
- Pilot House Windows
- Galley Windows
As you can see in these pictures, the paint line from the previous aluminum windows is not visible. Although this boat is slated for a paint job, if a boat’s paint is in good condition, there is no need to paint the boat after installing Lookout Boat Window Frames. We design our frames to make your installation as simple and cost effective as possible.
Let us know if we can answer any questions about your boat window restoration project!
The owner of this 46′ Hatteras was interested in replacing the side boat windows only. This job was completed after the customer selected the frame paint color and glass tint. Shortly thereafter, the boat windows were shipped to Puerto Rico.
Lookout Boat Windows
Keeping the Traditional Character of a Hatteras 36′
One of the distinctive qualities of Lookout Boat Window Frames is the fact that once installed, the original character of the boat is not distorted but enhanced. This is evident in the pictures of this 36′ Hatteras and the story that follows.
Originally, the aluminum boat windows in this Hatteras 36′ had heavy corrosion and numerous water leaks that led to interior wood damage. The boat was scheduled for a complete restoration, inside and out that included the following updates:
The owner of this 36′ Hatteras was adamant that he wanted to replace his old aluminum frames with new aluminum frames. This method would guarantee that the character of the boat was retained, which was very important to this boat owner. So although this boat owner was aware of our product, Lookout Boat Window Frames, he had not seen the finished product installed on a boat. He was sure that aluminum replacement boat windows were the way to go.
So he moved forward with his boat restoration project and ordered new aluminum frame material to build his new boat window frames. He welded the aluminum together at the corners to build the replacement boat window frames. But he had a bit of trouble with the welds holding together. Note that by trade, the owner is a professional welder, so he knew what he was doing. Once he was satisfied with his welding, he sent the aluminum boat window frames off to be anodized. When the completed anodized frames came in, he noticed some hairline cracks in the welds. At that point the owner decided these aluminum frames were not going to work. Fortunately for him (and us), we are neighbors!
By this time, Lookout Boat Window Frames had been installed in our Hatteras 58′ YF. Once the Hatteras 36′ owner saw our new windows, he realized that the character of the boat had been preserved while enhancing the charm of the tradition of a Hatteras Yacht. Soon thereafter, Lookout Boat Window Frames were installed on this 36′ Hatteras Convertible. The owner is very satisfied and loves the new look of an old Hatteras!Read More
Replacement Boat Windows
This 1991 Hatteras was suffering from leaky boat windows. The aluminum frames were corroding therefore contributing to water leaks to the interior of the boat. These leaking boat windows eventually caused water damage to the interior wood. To prevent further boat damage, the owner made the decision to fix the problem once and for all.
So, after 20 years of good service, the time had come to replace the old aluminum boat windows. We removed the aluminum frames, windows and sliding boat windows. They were replaced with fiberglass replacement boat windows. Because the front boat windshield had been fiberglassed in, only the side and rear bulkhead windows were replaced. As you can see in the pictures, the owner changed the color of the frames from black to the same color of the boat. The frames were painted and fixed glass was mounted according to the owner’s specifications of paint color and glass tint.
The owner also requested customization of the side boat windows to produce the appearance of one continuous piece of glass. Where the forward and aft salon windows were once separate windows, the glass now butts together with 1/2″ blind caulk joint in the center. This technique updated the look of the boat windows and the overall boat. Although this technique required a some extra work and expertise, our boat window specialists tackled the job like nobody’s business! As you can see, the result was outstanding.
This Hatteras yacht is now on its way to the Bahamas for a fishing tournament. We wish them the best of luck!
More pictures will be coming soon.
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The ‘Taylor G’ is a 43′ Hatteras Double Cabin. She was purchased approximately one year ago with plans for extended cruises to the Bahamas and long weekends at Cape Lookout. Although the Taylor G was in relatively good condition, renovations, such as repairing the damaged woodwork from the leaky boat windows was an obvious punch list item. But the more important task was putting the boat mechanicals to test to determine what work, if any, would be necessary to ensure the vessel was sound.
After a year of trial runs, the boat owner was satisfied that both the engines and the generator were in good working condition for safe cruising. But before any interior renovations could begin, the owner was convinced that the leaky boat windows must be addressed first. Restoration of the leaking cabin boat windows would stop further water damage to the existing wood trim. Therefore other interior work could be performed without fear of damage caused by water leaks.
This is where we came in. While the owner revamped the plumbing, we were happy to update the Taylor G with fiberglass replacement boat windows. First, we requested the paint color code for the exterior of the Taylor G to match paint for the fiberglass frames. The Taylor G also had the boat window glass replaced in the pilot house, so the owner chose the glass tint to match both the pilot house glass and in the glass in the new salon boat window frames. When the windows were ready for installation, one of our recommended boat window specialists installed the boat windows at the dock.
As you can see in the pictures, the Taylor G instantly has an updated look while maintaining the traditional character of a Hatteras Yacht. And since water leaks are now no longer a problem, this Do-It-Yourself boat owner has repaired the interior water damage around the windows, restored the headliner and installed new carpet. One of the last items on the punch list will be a new exterior paint job, which should take place prior to next year for cruising.
The Taylor G is scheduled for an extended cruise to the Bahamas in the summer of 2012 for the couples’ 10th wedding anniversary. We wish them the very best and hope they enjoy the beautiful scenery on every cruise from the Taylor G’s new Lookout Boat Windows!
Other Job Details:
This 1976 model 43′ Hatteras Double Cabin is replacing the old aluminum boat window frames in the salon with new fiberglass replacement boat window frames. Due to the fact that the aluminum boat windows in the pilot house serve as part of the permanent structure, fiberglass replacement window frames are not an option. Therefore only the window glass on the upper pilot house will be replaced by one of our recommended boat window specialists.
At the request of the boat owner, we are providing a turn key boat window project. This includes the removal of the boat windows and frames, prep work and the boat window installation at a dock near our boat window manufacturing facility on the ICW.
Paint and Glass
Although the boat owner plans to paint his Hatteras in the future, the fiberglass boat window frames were painted Oyster White to match the color of the current paint job. The glass is laminated safety glass which is the industry standard for this application. The owner chose Industrial Grey for the window tint.
In the Pictures
The old boat window removal can be seen in the pictures. This requires only a few tools as discussed in the boat window installation videos. The proceeding two pictures details the method in which the new boat windows were blocked up with wedges until the epoxy cures, which takes approximately 45 minutes. The next few shots reveal a new boat window, ready to go!
Boat Window Installation Time
The time it took two skilled boat window specialists to complete this boat window replacement was approximately 2 hours start to finish (minus cure time). For the DIY’er, this task will require two people and approximately 3 hours to complete. (That doesn’t include the time it takes to drive to the hardware store for the tools you forgot to pick up on the first trip- hee hee!) Of course, if several boat windows are being installed at once, the calculated time involved will be less, as it is easier to prep for several windows at once vs. one window at a time.
The Hatteras 58′ Long Range Cruiser, along with some other boat models, have rounded corners on which the boat windshields are mounted. Replacing the old frames with aluminum frames will work, but over time, you’re right where you started- corroded, leaky boat windowshields.
Here is the solution! A wrap around replacement, all fiberglass boat window frame. This frame retains the character of the boat while providing a permanent solution to prevent future corrosion. Click on the picture to zoom the view for more detail.
Hatteras 58′ Yacht Fisherman:
Salon Slider, Galley & Pilot House Windows
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Hatteras 40′ Double Cabin
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Bertram 31′ Flybridge Cruiser Boat Window Frame
We specialize in taking the work out of windows. Our boat window frames are fiberglass. There’s no metal or mechanical fasteners therefore no corrosion that can lead to leaky boat windows and interior boat damage. Less work, more play!
The boat window frame installation procedure is very simple. There is no highly skilled technique involved and no special tools necessary beyond some basic tools.
Bertram 31′ Window Frames – Bulkhead Windows
These fiberglass replacement boat window frames are for the restoration project on a 31′ Bertram. You’ll notice in the pictures of the bulkhead boat windows that the caulking is not complete around the glass. The glass has already been permanently sealed in place, however it is best to caulk around the edges of the glass to prevent water intrusion that may interfere with the laminated safety glass.
In this case the boat window frames are already painted to match the Bertram 31′. But the boat owner has plans to paint his boat after the boat window frames are installed. Just to simplify the paint process, the final caulk will be placed after the paint job is complete.
Bertram 31′ Window Frames – Side Windows
Here are some pictures of the side window to fit the 31′ Bertram. This particular project will have fixed glass. The glass being used in this project is laminated safety glass. Tempered glass is an option, however, it is costly and not necessary for this application.
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How to Remove Old Boat Window Frames
As you can see, removing the boat window frames in preparation for your boat restoration project is a very simple process. In some cases, the caulk has hardened over time, so a little extra muscle might be required. Once the caulking has been loosened and the screws are removed, you can begin to loosen the boat window frames by wedging a small pry bar behind the boat window frame. Use care not to scratch the paint on the boat. Although Lookout Boat Window Frames are designed to cover up the previous window frame area by 1/4 inch, that is not a lot of room for error. Once the old boat window frame is removed, carefully strip off the remaining caulk and clean up the edges to a fairly smooth finish.
In the pictures below you can tell that this particular window frame has an arch on one corner. Since we cannot build this window with mitered cuts, we will be custom building this Lookout Boat Window Frame.
Next we will show you how we secured the window opening while the frames are built. This step is optional depending on if you already have your new Lookout Boat Window Frames ready to install.
For more details pleasecontact us