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How to Take Care Of Your Boat’s Windshield

The windshield is one of the most frequently overlooked parts of a boat. Taking care of your boat’s windshield helps keep you and your passengers safe, and it safeguards the value of your boat. To help you out, here are six tips you should consider when creating a care regime for your boat’s windshield:

1. Invest in stellar windshield wiper blades

Rain, dirt and debris can easily build up on your windshield, making it impossible to see. However, you can avoid these potentially blinding threats and improve your visibility by ensuring that you always have windshield wipers that are in working order. When replacing your wipers, keep in mind that not all wipers are created the same. For best results, invest in a high quality pair of wipers.

2. Use vinegar to remove salt water spots

If you are using your boat in sea water, salt water spots will inevitably build up on the windshield. You can clean your windshield with a commercial cleaner, but if that doesn’t remove the salt spots, consider using vinegar.

For the best results, bring a pan of distilled white vinegar to a boil and cover your windshield with it. Let the vinegar sit for a few minutes to melt the salt stains, and then, use a nonabrasive sponge to scrub the windshield. Repeat as needed until the windshield is spot free.

3. Repair cracks and chips in a timely fashion

A small crack or chip in your boat’s windshield can threaten the integrity of the entire windshield. The damage can spread, forcing you to get a whole new windshield, and at certain speeds, the tension around the windshield can build up and cause a chipped windshield to shatter.

4. Make sure your windshield can handle speedy driving

Regardless of whether or not your windshield is cracked, the speed at which you drive the boat can have an impact on the windshield. For Example, in 2013, wrestler Hulk Hogan was driving his boat at top speed when his windshield exploded. Luckily, no one was seriously injured, but Hogan and his friend were covered in blood and cuts.

Before taking off at top speeds, make sure that your windshield is able to handle it. If you like fast rides, take your boat into a windshield specialist. These professionals can make sure your current windshield is up to the challenge, and if not, they can recommend a suitable replacement for you.

5. Pad windshield when boat is in transit or storage

If you are putting your boat in storage for the winter or even throughout the summer, covering it with a tarp is essential. It protects your boat from scratch-causing debris, dust, corrosion, and other issues. Before putting a tarp or boat cover on your vessel, make sure that you add a layer of padding to the windshield.

You can buy a special pad designed for this purpose, or you can simply use an egg crate foam pad. A foam pad designed for a single mattress usually provides a great fit, or you can cut down a larger pad. Remember to pad the windshield while you are transporting the boat as well. Padding protects it from rocks, gravel, or other chip-causing threats on the road.

6. Talk with your boat insurer about windshield coverage

Boat insurance protects you from financial risk in the event of an accident, but if you want to ensure that your windshield is protected as well as the rest of the boat, you need to talk with your insurance agent. For ultimate protection, you need a policy that covers damage caused to the windshield in accidents or acts of nature.