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dburton posted 11-04-2000 09:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for dburton   Send Email to dburton  
The previous owner of my 1986 18' Outrage managed to crack the plexiglass windshield by hitting his garage door while backing in. Has anyone used any kind of adhesive to fix their windshield.
sport15er posted 11-04-2000 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
There is a plexi adhesive repair gel available from from most glass companies, however it will look like a repair to you, possibly not to your passengers........
lhg posted 11-06-2000 12:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I'd suggest getting a new plexiglass windshield from BW. It is the same as the one used on the Montauk. Order it without the black stripe being applied to the inside, as they are now doing this, rather than putting the stripe on the console like yours has.

Since BW has let the 40th anniversary of the Montauk hull pass without a mention, I'm guessing this boat is soon to be history. So I'd get a windshield while they're still available.

hauptjm posted 11-08-2000 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
I too am putting a new windshield on a 18 Outrage, and was floored by the local BW dealer. They will sell me a new palstic windshield for "somewhere around $400.00". He said he would call back with an exact price, but I'm sure I'm going to go ahead and get a local plastic company to fshion one for me. A buddy did this recently for his 20ft. HydraSport and it cost him roughly $175.00. And it looks great. Is my local dealer gouging on his prices or has anyone priced this article recently through their dealer with similar results????
bigz posted 11-08-2000 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Not sure who is making the "long" dollar on this item --- heck you can replace an auto windshield for less --

Anyway here is source I found -- never used them but had talked about replacing an Outrage windshield and they said no problem --- forget the quote but was less than $250 about a year ago http://www.multifab.com/consoles.htm

hauptjm posted 11-08-2000 03:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Thanks BigZ. I'll try these guys as well. I agree, I'm in the wrong business if they get those kind of prices on products that they don't even inventory. By the way, the dealer did mention a company by the name of Happle Marine. He said that they manufacture/d these for Whaler and he would order it from them. Anyone ever heard of these guys. I'm not sure of the spelling at all.
dgp posted 11-08-2000 04:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
The current supplier of the Montauk console w/s is Daytona Plastix, yes that's the right spelling. 1-800-874-7512
If you want to stop the crack from going any further drill a small hole at the end of the crack.
There's also a company in FL called Gustafson's who do alot of plastic w/s for motorcycle fairings. They might be able to copy yours at a lesser price. Don
lhg posted 11-08-2000 04:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I was under the impression that Happel Marine (in Rockledge, FL) did indeed make the windshield used on the desert tan Montauk/Small Outrage console. I'd call them direct.

I have noticed that since Sea Ray took over, almost all of Whaler's previous suppliers have been dropped and the business switched to Sea Ray's suppliers. Obviously for better pricing. Same quality? Who knows.

Ed Stone posted 11-08-2000 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
We took the off of our 16 whaler to a
commercial plastic shop and they used
the old one for a template.Make sure
they use the proper thickness.
We bent our own for our 13 whaler
with a hair dryer.It turned out fair.
Good luck
triblet posted 11-08-2000 11:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The right way to bend plastic is with a
hot wire. And be sure to use a drill bit
made for plastic (pointier than usual) or
you stand a real good chance of breaking it.

TAP plastic will will have the plastic,
hot wire kit, and drill bits.

And some decent literature on how to do it.

While you are in, ask them how much to do the
whole job. You might be pleasently
surprised.

Chuck Tribolet

hauptjm posted 11-09-2000 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
lhg, Happel will still supply the windshield according to the dealer, but not with drillouts. They will include the drill bit to accomodate. This still sounds like a very expensive bit. Seriously, I'm going to try to contact Happel direct to see if there is a significant price difference. Assuming they will deal with me on a one time purchase basis. p.s. Thanks for the spelling.
dscew posted 11-09-2000 02:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
When I was in the business selling Whalers, I dealt with Happel Marine several times on replacement plexi windshields. I believe they will sell direct as well. Good company, quality, etc., but I don't remember their prices.
triblet posted 11-09-2000 02:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The drill bits for plastic aren't terribly
expensive. [url]http://www.mcmaster.com/[\url]
catalog page 2117: 1/8" bit is $3.02.
TAP's prices are similar -- I bought mine
on a whim.

Chuck Tribolet

hauptjm posted 11-09-2000 03:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Anyone know how to reach Happel directly? I'm trying to locate them via the algore highway, but no luck. It looks like they were bought out by another company.
bigz posted 11-09-2000 03:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
June 18, 1999
Happel Marine answers to new boss
A Sarasota company has snapped up Happel Marine Inc. in Rockledge and may be eliminating a few jobs there. NASDAQ-traded Uniroyal Technology Corp. purchased privately held Happel, which employs 100 and has $9 million in annual sales, for an undisclosed sum. The Rockledge company makes plastic doors, cabinets and other enclosures for pleasure boats. Copyright 1999 American City Business Journals Inc.

Did you try this phone # and address

Happel Marine, Inc. 474 Barnes Blvd. PO
Box 616 Rockledge, Fl 32956-0616 407/636-7562. ...


hauptjm posted 11-09-2000 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Got it! The company is now known as:
Spartech Marine
321/636-7562 (note area code change)
Same address.
I got a price of $80.00. They ask for a 2 week lead time, and it has to be ordered by a marine facility. No individuals. The rep said I could use a marine contractor friend if I faxed the order on his letterhead. Thank y'all. I think the price is great.
Brittwest posted 11-10-2000 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Brittwest  Send Email to Brittwest     
seeking source for rubber windsheild fasteners (with threaded insert)

have 1983 18 outrage and fasteneres have UV degraded and split

appwest@ix.netcom.com
thank you

lhg posted 11-13-2000 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Those rubber fasteners are called "Wellnuts", and most marine stores stock them, but the correct size for the Montauk windshield is hard to find. I'd try a BW Dealer, since they still may be being used on the current Montauks.
ucjohn posted 08-20-2006 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for ucjohn  Send Email to ucjohn     
www.updplastics.com has many stock shields

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