8367Re: Glass-bottomed boats
- Nov 9, 2000The hood could actually be a watertight well around the viewing port so
that even if the glass leaked or shattered the boat would not take on
water. I think I would stick with laminated glass. Lexan would soon get
scratched and discolor. Somewhere I recall that Bolger discussed using
a black mastic that comes in tape form and is used to seal car
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Stan Muller <smuller@i...> wrote:
> Many years ago, a friend of my father, fixed up a row boat (glass
> bottomed) and all us local kids had a great deal of fun in it.
> (Including kids my Dad's age.)
> It was a flat side window from a car, the sandwich type safety glass,
> set into a frame about two thirds back from the bow right along side of
> the keel. He also put a skedge on the outside of it to help protect it
> from grounding. If I were do it, I would not use epoxy, I would use a
> good grade of clear silicon to allow it to flex. (the original was set
> into some type of roofing tar)
> As important as the glass and it's mount, was the hood he built, to
> keep the sun off the glass, You could see four times more with the hood
> as you could with out it. It was like a large inverted square funnel.
> He must have done it right, because it was played with by the kids I
> ran with, and was still in use by a whole new bunch of kids when I got
> out of the navy.
> I hope this helps,
> Stan, Snow Goose.
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