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Old 01-27-2021, 06:38 AM
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I am debating the wisdom of a full windshield on my KW219 and wondered what the opinions of others that have a full windshield are?
Old 01-27-2021, 10:19 AM
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I have removed the windshield from my BW 210 and ran that way. Great in the summer... you just need to wear more cloths in the early spring and fall. I like the clear view ahead without the distortion of the plastic in the way...

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Old 01-27-2021, 11:05 AM
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I put a bigger plexiglass windshield on my boat a couple of years ago. Not “full” but taller than I stand. Did it because the original windshield came up to around nose height and my head was always in the wind, plus the edge was in my line of sight.

pros
- reduces wind noise a lot, particularly at a fast cruise (35-39kts)
- I stay dry if we take any spray or in rain
- easy to see through (I clean it religiously)

cons
- hard to hear anyone in front of me, even when off plane. I have to walk to the side of the console to hear / be heard
- at 25kts and below, the wind noise reduction isn’t worth it
- it’s heavy, we had to strengthen the mounts
- mine is good for keeping one person (me) out of the wind, but it doesn’t have room for two to stand behind it comfortably (avoidable, mine tapers in towards the top to follow the lines of the console)
- the bends have optical distortions / blind spots (probably could have been bend to avoid that)
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I'm in St. Pete and I've considered removing mine, it is too hot to not have a breeze in the summer. I also have the wind screen frame directly at eye level which is annoying. I'm such a fair weather boater I haven't found myself needing a windshield much any other time.
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Have a full windshield on our bay boat and really enjoy it.
PROS:
-can have a conversation with someone while underway
-blocks the rain and cold (cold not a huge issue often here, but rain is)
-Great for smoking cigars underway!
-our has a motorized opening that allows air flow on hot days
CONS:
-makes operating the boat at night more difficult as every light on the console reflects off of it
-partially restricts the ability to "yell" at passengers on the bow when there is a large oncoming wake
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Originally Posted by OrtegaOyster View Post
Have a full windshield on our bay boat and really enjoy it.
PROS:
-can have a conversation with someone while underway
-blocks the rain and cold (cold not a huge issue often here, but rain is)
-Great for smoking cigars underway!
-our has a motorized opening that allows air flow on hot days
CONS:
-makes operating the boat at night more difficult as every light on the console reflects off of it
-partially restricts the ability to "yell" at passengers on the bow when there is a large oncoming wake
Ha, my boat is currently “wintering” on a lift on the Ortega river...

agree with these points, and an opening vent would be useful.

OP - if I’m cruising under 30mph (25kts), no windshield is fine/better. If I’m running 35+ kts, the short windshield is fine for 10-15 min. We do some run where the speed doesn’t come below 33kts or so for 5-6hrs (west palm to elbow) and I’d be deaf at the end of that run without the full windshield.

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