FYI: A25 in Corpus Christi

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Said to be 1975 and restored.

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I like the rails on that one, I was just today thinking about doing something exactly like that to mine. I think it would give it a modernized, more American look snd feel to the boat. I also like how the hardtop over the wheelhouse looks.
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That looks pretty nice. Better be in Bristol condition at that price. Getting to Corpus Cristi might be a bit of a problem this week. That bow rail style is similar to what WillieC has. Must have been some sort of option or aftermarket replacement different from the usual. That's just ridiculous, not having any use for an A25 in that location right on the Gulf?
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Odd that the new rails are just added to the old though

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DesertAlbin736 wrote: Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:38 am That looks pretty nice. Better be in Bristol condition at that price. Getting to Corpus Cristi might be a bit of a problem this week. That bow rail style is similar to what WillieC has. Must have been some sort of option or aftermarket replacement different from the usual. That's just ridiculous, not having any use for an A25 in that location right on the Gulf?

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Thank you for pointing out the rails on the WillieC. I think rails in that style look way better than the stock ones. Seems I might be able to rob some rails off of a similar size boat and make them fit. I do have a way of getting stainless welded if need be. There’s a boat junkyard “Captain Jim’s” in Portland Maine
That probably has several sets of rails that will work. Although his prices are consistently high...
I also think the hard top that forms a visor looks awesome as well. I noticed on the boat in Texas the original windshield is gone and three flat panels have replaced it. Again, I think that looks excellent, but a massive amount of work and reduced visibility.
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For 28,9 I might not have any use for the WillieC either! (JK)
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RE windshield: my big fear is the windshield getting damaged. Other than replacing with plexiglas I'm not sure where & how one could get an OEM equivalent auto glass replacement. Are there outfits out there that can make custom glass windshields to unique curved shapes like that, like for instance for rare antique cars? If so cost big bucks I'm sure.
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Glass, not really, but Lexan yes.

I have shaped acrylic panels with heat, and there are several YT videos of DIY setups for windshield mo(u)lding. I will have to try this myself soon, as I bought 2 diseased but not deceased hovercraft last year, both lacking their speedboat-style windshields.
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There are companies that will fabricate a custom glass windshield. It is not cheap and you have to fabricate the pattern that will be used to create a metal mold. I looked into this for the front cabin window. Cost was estimated to be $2000Can. I then rushed out and bought a new piece of plexi-glass.
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I then rushed out and bought a new piece of plexi-glass.
$2K CAD is a chunk of change. That's $1,580 US at current exchange rates. If you're talking about the front cabin window & not the side cabin windows those were plexi anyway weren't they? I replaced both the front and aft cabin windows with tinted plexi in '19 before our last trip to BC & the Ladysmith rendezvous. The pilothouse windshield is another matter. I keep a canvas cover over the windshield went trailering & pray a rock doesn't fly up & hit it or I make a slip went stepping the mast which with my early model is right up against the windshield. I made a plywood protector to keep accidents from happening when stepping the mast, but I don't plan to use the mast rig again in the foreseeable future anyway.

I'd add pictures but ever since the site got upgraded I get an error trying upload jpegs. What about that jcollins?
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Yep, that was for the front cabin window. I had been curious about using glass as an upgrade but the cost was just too high.
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Lexan is claimed to have 50 times the crack resistance of automotive safety glass, at a given thickness. It is easy to cut and drill, with a little care. Its only disadvantage is that the surface is relatively soft, and so a windshield wiper and sand or dust will eventually scuff it. For windows not subject to abrasion, it is hard to beat, and can even be bought tinted.
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