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Old 03-03-2009, 05:44 PM   #1
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Ok, so this is an odd problem which become more complex. I bought a Ritchie compass to replace the one missing on my 1997 Maxum 2800. Of course, the Standard Ritchie compass size is slightly too big and i've had some difficulty finding the right size.

***Before I get links suggesting a compass that will fit.....it's bought and past the point of return, so I have what I have, unless I try to sell the one I have and buy a new one.****

The compass mount is so far forward I can't get a hole saw even with a right-angle drill. So, I began to remove the starboard side glass so I could more easily access, then replace the glass and reseat new vinyl glazing (for lack of a better term).

Is there a trick to remove the glass? I've been able to remove almost all of the vinyl glazing aroudn the window. I've managed to remove 3 sides. The last 6 inches of teh 3rd side tore and I can't free the 4th side at all. So of course, now I'm trying to solve one stupid somewhat unecessary problem in order to solve another somewhat stupid problem.

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Old 03-03-2009, 07:07 PM   #2
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I got nuthin man....about the only thing I can think of is too disassemble the window frame and sealant..gently move the glass out by working it free....that's the only thing I know of...

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note: notice I didn't suggest getting a new compass!!
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:27 PM   #3
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I looked at dissambling the Window, but the frame is aluminum and rivetted together. I didn't find any screws to disabling the windshield with the exception of those screwing the base of the window to the deck. I'm very apprenhensive about unscrewing the base of the windshield from the deck. I wonder how a broken window is replaced. It would seem like you remove the vinyl galzing on one side and then remove the glass. However, I also noticed that the glass still lookeds a bit large than the frame.

I know windshield glass isn't something that is replaced everyday, but it must be somewhat easy to replace just the same. I hate hiring someone to do something that should be fairly straightforward.

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I drilled the rivets out on mine and took the frame to pieces to remove the glass I had to do this as after towing, the wind had pulled at the frame and popped the glass out at the bottom. quite easy really just be careful when your drilling them out use a really large drill bit so you don't go all the way though
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How did you reassemble the windshield? Did you re-rivet it back together? This is going to be more ofa project than I anticipated. Retrospectively spending another $100 or so dollars on a new compass would have a good deal. DOH!!
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Yes It's not as bad as it looks really, Just be careful and it will be fine
Don't use the scissor tyre rivet gun, as your likely to break the glass when the rivet snaps off
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OK, I broke down and fired up the drill and drilled out the rivets. This allowed me to remove the horizontal section of the windshield frame that goes across the top of the window. I was then able to slide the entire glass right out the top.
I noticed that the rivets are on the inside of the windshield only and the windshield aappears to have been assembled by building the aluminum fame around the glass, then screwing the entire assembedl windshield to the desk of the boat. The rivets on the inside of the windshiled at the bottom are completely unreachable. I could only drill out the rivets at the top and had a difficult time getting the windshield itself to easily slide out.
there appear to be 2 rubber/synthetic gaskets in the windshield frame. One apperas to seat inthe frame itself, the other wraps around the glass and slides inside of the larger gasket. I believe one acts like traditional window glazing. I basically ripped all of the rubber window galzing out thinking it was like most traditional window glazing/gaskets and there was a front and back piece. I didn't realize that it was a single piece that wrapped around the window galss itself.

So to continue the story I like to call "The Ongoing Saga of the Stupidity of Steve" ....

1) Anyone know where I can find a replacement for the glazing/window gasket?

2) It was difficult to remove with most of the gasket already removed. I suspect I will need to install the new glazing/gasket onto the window, then slide the gasket and window into the gasket that is located inside of the windshield frame. Any suggestions on how to achieve this? I don't want to remove the windshield from the deck of the boat if I can avoid it at all costs.

3) I would think that rivetting the frame back together is the recommended method of reassembly. Would using metal screws be inadvisable? I can foresee the potential for screws to work loose over time.

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Old 03-10-2009, 03:23 AM   #8
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I would use rivets Someone had screwed my hull to the upper using stainless screws, all had come loose. plus they look neater
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Gazjen,
When you disassembled/reassembled did you remove just the top or the entire windshield? I would need to remove the windshield from the deck in order to drill out the rivets at the bottom of the windshield in order to get the side prices of the windshield frame apart. I only removed the top and slid the glass out the top. Unsure how sliding back in is going to work. On my motorcycles, I've used hairspray as a lubricant to easily slide grips onto the bars. When the hairspray dries it acts like an adhesive. I was considering using a lubricant to more easily slide the glass back in. Unsure how this will work. I'm looking forward to spewing a barrage of salty language this weekend.
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I Removed the whole lot. I had the crazy idea of turning the boat upside down to remove the anti foul and polish the hull (Till I realised how heavy it was)

Although I will have to remove a part of mine again as the wind has popped the glass out again when towing. Hopefully it won't happen again as I've got new stays to fit
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