Over the Christmas weekend, it seems Santa Claus swung by the boatyard and dropped off the last of the glass for my Roamer. These were the panes that had to be redone from my second glass order because both Consolidated Glass and I messed up. Pro Tip: for anything but a square window, always make sure you make a pattern that fits exactly how you want, then take the measurements from the pattern. My mistake was in putting full faith in the accuracy of my Bosch laser measurer without keeping in mind that it doesn’t take its measurements from the bottom edge. Three of the four edges were only off by an eensy-beensy bit, but that ended up with helm windows that just wouldn’t fit.
That pour-in low density urethane foam they use as packing material does a great job keeping the glass from moving around.
These four panes were an expensive mistake. After botching it the first time, I was super nervous when I slid them home. But they all fit the way I’d wanted them to fit the first time around. It was not a pleasant thing taking the four brand new, wrong-sized panes to the boatyard recycling spot, but there’s no other use I could think of for these custom cut tempered panes. Oh well…what’s done is done. Time to move on.
I really like the tinted glass look over the original clear. From the inside, it’s really not so dark. One thing that surprised me was the difference in sound that the new glass made as I step from the helm down to the salon. It’s quieter. Now if only I had the sliding doors done… They’re on the plan for 2017.