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  • Center Console Windshield and Grab Bar

    Hi, I recently purchased a 17' aluminum flat boat with a center console. Boat is in great shape etc but the original owner never had a windshield on the console. I have found a few places that sell (*******) plexiglass boat windshields that should fit my 24" wide aluminum console just fine. However, I have not been able to find any one that sells the grab bars that you typically see going over the top of center console boat windshields.

    I'm looking for a metal grab rail that will attach the the console on both sides and travel over the windshield.

    If you know of anyone that sells these, please let me know. Worse case scenario, I guess I could try and get someone to fabricate one for me.

    Thanks
    2003 G3 1860cc w/ 90hp Yamaha


  • #2
    Re: Center Console Windshield and Grab Bar

    The only time I have seen them sold is with a brand new console, so the bar is custom made for that console. I think you might be better off having a local shop or person fab one up for you. That way you don't have to try to make something fit, and you can have it just like you want it. Of course this option will cost a little more green. If you're really on a budget, you could just try waiting for one that would work to pop up on craigslist, I have only ever seen very few though. You have a few options but the dilemma is, as it always is for us boat owners, how much do you want to spend?
    15.5 fiberglass CC, 1973 65 hp E'rude "the beast"

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    • #3
      Re: Center Console Windshield and Grab Bar

      Good luck. I had the same problem with my home-made console. I ended up fabricating my own lexan windshield and bending some 3/4" EMT conduit for a grab bar. Works OK but I'd prefer the bar to be a little bigger in diameter. No rust yet, but it's only been a year and I boat in brackish water.
      "Winter Dream"
      Silverton 34C
      White/Green

      Wellcraft 23 Nova XL

      Lowe 1448 BigJon
      w/Evinrude 25HP

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      • #4
        Re: Center Console Windshield and Grab Bar

        Arks, that grab bar looks great to me. My boat is a green flat bottom so I'll probably end up painting the grab bar black with some spray on bedliner so I'm not particular worried about rusting anyway. How did you attach it to the console? I'm guessing you had to make a 90 degree bend and then weld on a plate of some sort with bolt holes? Also, can you give me an estimate of how long of a piece of EMT you used? I'm going to try and find somewhere locally (shreveport, LA) to pick some up and just wondering approx how much material you used.

        thanks!
        2003 G3 1860cc w/ 90hp Yamaha

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        • #5
          Re: Center Console Windshield and Grab Bar

          This is probably not going to be cheap but it will work.

          Get some 1" or larger stainless steel tubing and have a muffler shop install the bends in it. The hydraulic machine will do a fine job. They can even expand or collase and end for making a slip fit.
          This is a great link to boat specifications http://boatspecs.iboats.com/
          Please, shop iboats first!!

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          • #6
            Re: Center Console Windshield and Grab Bar

            Originally posted by jburn25 View Post
            How did you attach it to the console? I'm guessing you had to make a 90 degree bend and then weld on a plate of some sort with bolt holes?
            I just drilled holes right thru the pipe and sides of the console. Used 1/4" bolts with washers and nuts. No big deal.

            Originally posted by jburn25 View Post
            Also, can you give me an estimate of how long of a piece of EMT you used? I'm going to try and find somewhere locally (shreveport, LA) to pick some up and just wondering approx how much material you used.
            Well, if I was better at bending pipe I would've used less than 1-10' piece. I wasted probably 30 or 40 feet.
            I finally figured out to make a pattern on plywood and bend it to match. DUH
            "Winter Dream"
            Silverton 34C
            White/Green

            Wellcraft 23 Nova XL

            Lowe 1448 BigJon
            w/Evinrude 25HP

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            • #7
              Re: Center Console Windshield and Grab Bar

              Ok, well I guess I'll give that EMT a try. If it doesn't seem like its going to be solid enough in 1" pipe I might try stainless, but I don't even know where to by a stainless pipe like that.

              thanks
              2003 G3 1860cc w/ 90hp Yamaha

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              • #8
                Re: Center Console Windshield and Grab Bar

                Try these guys.

                http://www.daytonasurplusmarine.com/

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                • #9
                  Re: Center Console Windshield and Grab Bar

                  ok, guys. Based on Arks work, I tried fabricating a grab rail today (actually 2). I used 3/4 inch EMT (10 ft for $7.00) and I bought a mechanical bender ($26.00). I drilled holes directly thought the tube and used small bolts to mount. Therefore, total cost for both rails was about $34!!!

                  The bending of the tubing was easy and came out looking very professional. I'll get pictures up soon. This was a problem that turned out to be a very easy and good looking solution.....Thanks ARK!!!!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Center Console Windshield and Grab Bar

                    congrats.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Center Console Windshield and Grab Bar

                      Your welcome.
                      It's always nice to help a fellow iboater.


                      "Winter Dream"
                      Silverton 34C
                      White/Green

                      Wellcraft 23 Nova XL

                      Lowe 1448 BigJon
                      w/Evinrude 25HP

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                      • #12
                        Re: Center Console Windshield and Grab Bar

                        Wanted to update about the windshield and grab bar situation in case others are wondering about how to do it on their own boats.

                        I ended up buying a plexiglass windshield from ******* and I'm really impressed with it. It's very sturdy and was the exact size I needed. From my research with other companies, I'd say the ******* windshield is the best for the money. Only thing is if you are mounting it on aluminum make sure you have some sort of padding underneath it to absorb some vibrations so that the screws don't rattle loose and/or shear because I had that problem. My console isn't completely even so I ended up putting hydroturf on the whole surface which helps even out the load on the windshield when I tighten it down.

                        As far as the grab bar, I took Arks advice and went with 3/4" EMT and bought a mechanical bender. I did waste a couple poles trying to get the thing perfect, but I think the finished product came out pretty good. I put two 90 degree bends in the pole to get it up and around the windshield and experimented with bending the poles at the top so they would be parallel with the windshield but it didn't give enough room for your hands so I just left it straight. I also made some spacers out of marine plywood that keep the EMT off the side of the console so there's space to grab the bar and/or attach things. I used 1/4" stainless steel bolts through the bar, through the spacers, and into the aluminum console with large fender washers on the inside.

                        I'll try and post some pictures later once I get it all painted and everything in case anyone else is working on a similar project.

                        -Jordan
                        Last edited by jburn25; February 19th, 2009, 11:01 PM.
                        2003 G3 1860cc w/ 90hp Yamaha

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                        • #13
                          Re: Center Console Windshield and Grab Bar

                          Here's the pictures of the semi-final product in case anyone else is interested in doing this the same way. Made the spacers out of 3/4" plywood using a skil saw and cut the semi-circles for the rail to sit in with a drill. Very simple process. 1/4" stainless carriage bolts through the console. Rail is spray painted with bedliner in a can from auto zone.
                          2003 G3 1860cc w/ 90hp Yamaha

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                          • #14
                            Re: Center Console Windshield and Grab Bar

                            Originally posted by jburn25 View Post
                            Here's the pictures of the semi-final product in case anyone else is interested in doing this the same way. Made the spacers out of 3/4" plywood using a skil saw and cut the semi-circles for the rail to sit in with a drill. Very simple process. 1/4" stainless carriage bolts through the console. Rail is spray painted with bedliner in a can from auto zone.
                            Nice job! I like the look with spacers- might have to retrofit my rig.
                            "Winter Dream"
                            Silverton 34C
                            White/Green

                            Wellcraft 23 Nova XL

                            Lowe 1448 BigJon
                            w/Evinrude 25HP

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