Every spring, the boat gets a once-over with routine engine maintenance performed. I took advantage of the fact that I was traveling last week to get this work completed. Unfortunately, this year I also have a bigger project in the mix, so the work is taking longer than just last week. Satisfaction has an enclosed hardtop on its fly bridge. Given the climate in the Seattle area, when purchasing the boat that feature was a big draw for me. The enclose consists of a few large straight pieces of glass and a couple of curved plexiglass panels as well as a number of smaller plexiglass windows underneath the large windows. Unfortunately, the plexiglass windows have really fogged up. They were pretty bad last season, but after another winter they are more opaque than clear. As such, time to get them replaced. Unfortunately this is a pretty big ticket item.
Instead of replacing the windows with the same type of setup as before, it was suggested to use panels made of EZ2CY. I don’t have any experience with this material, but it is supposed to be a far superior solution. The reasons being that it is easier to curve for the corner windows, last longer than plexiglass, simplifies the installation of a wiper on the center window (which I didn’t previously have) and should be less expensive than the duplicating the previous solution. This sounded good. The only thing I wasn’t excited about is the look of this type of panel with the fabric between them. I thought this would look like a less permanent solution than the previous one.
Earlier today I drove to where the work is being performed on Lake Union. I looked at other boats with a similar solution for their fly bridge. I was correct about my apprehension that the solution looks less permanent. However, this seems to be the way that all boats are currently done so I’m moving forward. As it turns out the panels won’t be ready until next week, so I won’t see the final solution until then. On the positive side, the other maintenance work is completed!