My yearly project on my boat this year was pulling the windshield and tower off and refinishing them. The factory paint was faded and chipping so I figured it was time for a makeover.
When I bought the boat in 2015 this split was in the tower. The previous owner told me they had the tower folded down outside when it rained and water got inside the pipe and then froze and burst. All I can say is that must have been one heavy rain because that would have taken a lot of water to burst in this spot of the tower.
I’m not putting the bimini back on so all of these holes will need to be filled while the split in the tower is getting fixed.
This tinting was done before the 2016 season and held up well, but will be redone while I have the frame off for powdercoat. Being able to tint the windshield out of the frame will eliminate anywhere you can see the edge of the tint.
This is what the gasket looks like between the windshield and the gel coat. I purchased new gasket material from Nautique Parts.
Frame has been sandblasted and powder coated. Windshield has been tinted 5% again. Yes this tint is dark and no you can’t see at night, but damn does it look good. “This sticker is dangerous and inconvenient, but I do love Fig Newtons” 😂
Got a steal on these flight clips so I will have them blasted and powder coated. Will be a nice factory look with the OEM racks back on it.
New stainless cup holders and windshield decals.
I actually like the look of these boats without the tower. Of course much more feasible for my sport of choice to have the tower, but it’s a very clean and sleek look without.
I am amazed at how well this blowout in the tower looks after some welding and grinding.
Freshly sand blasted.
Decided to do a coat of primer and then sand before powder coat to ensure a silky smooth finish. The 20 year old aluminum was showing its age.
Always wanted to run the wires through the tower instead of zip tied around the outside. Definitely recommend for a clean hidden look.