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Old 10-04-2020, 05:08 PM
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I'm curious why some high end cc's (sea vee, Invincible, freeman, I think yellowfin too) opt for the eisenglass enclosure vs a glass wraparound windshield. I don't care how dry of a boat you have, a decent sideways wind will get anyone wet on any of these boats. I know intrepid has a half windshield on most of their more fishing centered models (ie 32cc) but I think everglades has it right with the retractable windshield.

I love almost everything about sea vee and Invincible, but I think that is one thing they are missing and can't figure out why
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Funny timing on this! I am headed over to mine in the AM to measure for a windshield. Here in Virginia, the weather is just beginning to turn and I'm convinced that having a full screen will a benefit. We have a decent striper fishery, fall tuna run, whale watching, and specks inshore. When it's cold ANYTHING that blocks the wind is beneficial. The colder it gets the mo' beneficially it gets.

I think the larger boats tend to run further so something that blocks the wind is beneficial. I am going to use 1/8 inch plexi and fasten it with zip ties. Adhesive door insulation will sit between the glass and the T-Top poles to minimize vibration and buzz. I'll take it off in April.
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I think that’s why they call it a windshield, not a water shield.?
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Probably because some people prefer the wind in their face. So there is no “one size fits all.”

Other than Everglades, but they have a patent on the sliding windshield.
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My whaler has a glass windshield , I love it. That with a electronic window vent makes a perfect combo. I have had boats with the Eisenglass shield. I think glass is the way forward from here on out
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my invincible has a windshield
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Take a look at newer Grady Whites and Sea Hunts and you will find they have windshields. The GW’s even have wipers.

Why not in the past? To keep things simple and costs down.
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Originally Posted by marlinlane View Post
my invincible has a windshield
Good to know. I haven't seen any used ones with windshields.

Wanna sell it? Haha

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My SeaVee will be getting a windshield.
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Just has three sided enclosure made and took factory windshield off. It will porbably stay on year round. Anyone choosing between a bigger windshield and eisenglass should look into the stiffer materials they have now. Very clear with no distortion.
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This is through the enclosure!
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Love the windshield on my Everglades, would be hard for me to go back to a boat without one.
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Originally Posted by OliMiami View Post
I'm curious why some high end cc's (sea vee, Invincible, freeman, I think yellowfin too) opt for the eisenglass enclosure vs a glass wraparound windshield. I don't care how dry of a boat you have, a decent sideways wind will get anyone wet on any of these boats. I know intrepid has a half windshield on most of their more fishing centered models (ie 32cc) but I think everglades has it right with the retractable windshield.

I love almost everything about sea vee and Invincible, but I think that is one thing they are missing and can't figure out why
Most are actually polycarbonate. I had a full windshield on my World Cat and 3 side polycarbonate on my Prowler. I thought I would miss it but the polycarbonate works great.
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My prokat had a tall windshield all the way to the elec box. The KW has a shorter windshield that also came with an eisenglass enclosure. I much prefer a full shield and am probably going to add one aftermarket. I dont like looking through an eisenglass enclosure especially at night.

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If I had to guess why they don’t do it. Because it would slow production down and the manufacturers you mentioned are already selling as many boats as they can build.

I agree that any boat really would benefit from a windshield and a decent wiper. When caught in a drizzle I have a squeegee I use to periodically wipe the drizzle off the soft enclosure, not ideal. Hard glass and a wiper would be nice for the poor weather days.
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I opted out for both windshield and eisenglass. I once drove my buddies' 35 Marlago with windshield home 90 miles to the West in late afternoon in 5' seas. Windshield was always covered with water, and the sun reflected so bad off all those water drops it was blinding. I spent the whole drive back looking around the windshield to see where I was going. Rather have to duck (or take) a little washing and be able to see.
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Windshield with wipers.
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My Everglades has a windshield and wiper. I love it - nice option to have and much better than canvas and Eisenglass IMO
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No windshield here - opening the enclosure up on hot day in the south is priceless.. esp when trolling
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Simpler, cheaper, lighter, easier to replace. Potentially better field of vision.

A lot of these boats operate in Florida, and only on fair weather days, and/or inshore at that.

What's the difference in protection between a glass windshield and a soft or polycarbonate enclosure?

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