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T-top windshield

Printed From: Sailrite Enterprises, Inc.
Category: Canvas Work
Forum Name: Boat Tops
Forum Discription: Questions about Biminis and Dodgers
Printed Date: 20 February 2020 at 8:27pm

Topic: T-top windshield
Posted By: dfsail
Subject: T-top windshield
Date Posted: 15 January 2018 at 3:49pm
I am making a windshield for the T-top of our center console power boat.  I would like the windshield to partially wrap around the sides for more protection.  However, there is nothing to attach the sides of the windshield to except at the top and bottom.  The sides will be about a 4' unsupported span of window material with the double facing sewed over the edge of it.  

My concern is that this long edge will luff or flap when the boat is up to speed (25 mph).  Does this seem like a valid concern?  If so, can anything be done to prevent it?

Posted By: MattGrant
Date Posted: 15 January 2018 at 4:07pm
You can make this work but you will need to put a sleeve in the back facing edge to run a wire or spectra line through. Then you need to fashion a way to tension the line in the sleeve from the connection points.

Best Regards,
Matt Grant

Posted By: dfsail
Date Posted: 16 January 2018 at 10:37am
Thanks for your quick response, Matt!  I was thinking that a leech line like in a sail might work, so glad to have you confirm that.

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