A CASE FOR ACRYLIC

Sport Fishing - - BETTER BOATING -

Most de­sign­ers agree that glass glaz­ings will never com­pletely re­place ma­te­ri­als such as clear acrylic, poly­car­bon­ate and vinyl, par­tic­u­larly on smaller boats. In fact, Grady-White now equips its Fish­er­man 216, 236 and 257, as well as the Canyon 271 and 306, with tinted, thick acrylic windshields that wrap around the con­soles and ex­tend up to the hard­top.

“We used acrylic be­cause glass can­not be phys­i­cally formed to the ge­om­e­try needed to wrap around the helm,” says Chris­tian Car­raway, new prod­uct engi­neer for Grady-White. But this is a spe­cial acrylic, the same ma­te­rial used for the canopies of Bell he­li­copters. It also re­ceives a high­tech coat­ing that re­sists scratch­ing. Grady en­gi­neer­ing tested the acrylic coat­ing ex­ten­sively us­ing sand and steel-wool pads. “We could not scratch it,” Car­raway says.

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