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Need advice on boat repair

Post By: Thejake81      Posted: 7/28/2019 2:44:44 PM     Points: 2    
Need some advice. Would the manufacturer fix this ? I feel like they should. I was just on my way to the lake and cruising about 65 mpg. Looked in the mirror and half my windshield was missing. A couple of the screws snapped. I loaded the boat just before leaving and there were no signs of being loose. Has anyone had this happen? What did you do next ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 7/28/2019 3:39:55 PM     Points: 6546    
A little more info please. year?,make?.Original owner?
Any implied warrenty?
At least it didn't smash on the road.

 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 7/28/2019 9:31:53 PM     Points: 10032    
Man that would suck. Good thing you see it before she flew out. I would shoot the manufacturer an email. Probably Sol if there is no warranty. I would differently have a few conversations with them never know might be willing to work something out with ya.
 Reply by: Thejake81      Posted: 7/29/2019 12:11:58 PM     Points: 2    
Hey Punch ! hope all is well.
Its a 2010 Triton allure 192. Im looking at my paper work and there isnt implied warranty. That i can see. After further inspection it was only drilled in by like 4 screws into the fiberglass. That seems kinda light in the installation process no ? Just my thoughts.

Gone fishin thanks, Im going to email them today but i fear i am truly SOL.
 Reply by: Thejake81      Posted: 7/29/2019 12:20:35 PM     Points: 2    
Also Punch , i believe im the 2nd owner. I bought the boat from someone in Missouri Lake for the Ozarks area.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 7/29/2019 12:38:06 PM     Points: 28174    
My guess would be that you are 100% on your own for the repair. Toys like boats, atvs, etc have very short warranties full of exclusions.

If the boat is insured, a claim may be your best bet.

Is that the windshield that came off in the picture? If so, and if its not broken.. It can likely be reinstalled. If not, replacement curved windshields aren't cheap.

Link to Triton Warranty on 2010 Fiberglass boats: [log in for link]
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 7/29/2019 2:47:57 PM     Points: 6546    
The good and the bad . . . .first the good.Looks like you saved a small fourturn as a replacement windshield ain't cheap.Now the bad,ain't no help coming from the boats maker.
Draw: Start looking for a good fiberglass man and do some homework on how to strenighten the mountings.Plan your work and work your plan.Do this right,so it can't fail you again.You should find a glass guy that will work side by side with you to make the remount work.Hes going to have a better understanding of how it failed and how to keep it from happening again.Don't try to clean up this wounds,let him see it.,it will help him understand.then you both plan the repair.

 Reply by: Ryan      Posted: 7/29/2019 3:21:45 PM     Points: 1960    
I would agree that it will be next to impossible to get the manufacture to accept responsibility for this on a nearly 10 model year old boat.

If you are in the metro area, go to Calibre for the repair. They are off 64th between Pecos and Federal.

Tommy's in Wheat Ridge/Golden has been advertising they do fiberglass repair as well. I don't know anything about that part of their business, but I am a HUGE fan of their service in general, so I would be comfortable going to them for that reason alone.
 Reply by: Thejake81      Posted: 7/30/2019 1:54:38 PM     Points: 2    
Thank you everyone for your advice and help.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 7/30/2019 4:18:23 PM     Points: 1663    
If it was my boat I would see if the holes were accessible from the inside. If they were I would simply run stainless screws, fender washers, and nylon lock nuts to hold it in place for life.
 Reply by: Wacokid57      Posted: 7/31/2019 1:43:45 PM     Points: 11    
I might even epoxy a plate as a giant fender washer behind that hole.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 7/31/2019 1:52:48 PM     Points: 28174    
It survived for 10 years with the mounting solution it had.. Probable just screws worked themselves loose. Not to mention the other thousands of boats that have the glass mounted the same way.

No real need to re-engineer the whole thing.

Get the windshield held back up in place. Pick some new screw locations that aren't weakened by the existing holes. Drill new holes, add new stainless screws. maybe add a few extra if it helps you sleep at night.

The likelihood of being able to get up in there with hardware on the backside is slim. Let alone the tools to tighten it.

Get it fixed, and go fishing!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 7/31/2019 3:09:43 PM     Points: 6546    
Ajax5240 has a good point.I can only warn you to be very careful when you drill anywhere near the glass,bump it and it blows up like a winshied/safety glass.
 Reply by: DLH      Posted: 7/31/2019 6:29:40 PM     Points: 193    
You could get nut serts or jacknuts and use the same holes.

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