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Old 05 November 2005, 15:37   #31
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I have heard of waves causing them to shatter and injure the driver so a lot depends on how they are made/fitted as well.
Are you refering specifically to screens on Ribcraft or is this a generalisation?
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Old 05 November 2005, 19:57   #32
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Just speaking generally - have heard of it happening a few times - logically the bigger the screen and the more upright it is the more likely it will be to happen - also depends on how it's fixed and what it's made of - perpex is pretty brittle - especially in cold weather.

Of course the answer is not to stuff it in the first place!!!
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Old 05 November 2005, 19:59   #33
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im thinkin a pair of glasses or goggles will do the same as a windshield
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As far as stopping the needles being poked in your eye feeling of trying to make headway in a driving wind and rain then yes glasses or gogles will be superior to the screen but will obviously offer no protection to the rest of your face or body.

Its not essential - so dont worry if you havent got one - its not like we spend most of our time in driving rain anyway - otherwise we would have bought a cabin rib.

When the sun is shining - you wont notice any difference with or without a screen as youll probably been standing looking over it anyway takining in the sea air.
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And remember unless well designed a screen will slow you down a bit due to extra wind resistance!!!
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Old 06 November 2005, 15:04   #36
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I had a 585 without a screen for four years. Had one fitted this year and I was the best thing I did. Googles do not protect the forehead and cheeks and a screen keeps off the spray when you hit a big wave. I have only stuffed the boat once in 5 years and the water was no where near the top of the consul. You would have to hit a VERY big wave to break the screen.

IMHO definitely go for the screen.
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And remember unless well designed a screen will slow you down a bit due to extra wind resistance!!!
Coming from a Landrover fan I find it hard to believe you are worrying about wind resistance

(only winding you up cod)

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Coming from a Landrover fan I find it hard to believe you are worrying about wind resistance

(only winding you up cod)

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You DO have a point!!! My 110 V8 will do well over 100mph BUT once you go much over 70 the fuel consumption gets very scary!!!

There is a big hill on the Heads of the Valley road that most cars will freewheel down and actually accelerate up to about 85mph - my LandRover will do about 40mph - combination of drag from the 4x4 system and aerodynamics of a barn door.

Having said that my mates 360 Spyder will only get up to about 60mph down there - massive tyres and too much downforce I reckon!!!
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Hey Choppy, I would suggest using the boat without the windshield, and after a season, think about how many times you wish you had one. They are much easier to add-on than to remove.

I prefer the wind in my face, anyways. It's not often that I am running through driving rain!
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NBC gasmask (readily available in surplus shops).

It works a treat, nice and warm and flat out in the rain or cold presents no problem - put a bit of Raincleer (or whatever it is called) on the goggles.
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