It was recommended to me by a guy with many miles open ocean on one to definitely cover the windows, all six. He used the factory fiberglass covers but recommended 3/4 plywood, through bolted as a reasonable substitute. I saw the factory covers once on a boat, back in the 70's, as I remember they weren't a good look or finish, but memories fade.If you plan on coastal duck and cover, you probably can get away with not covering... About a month ago, went out in one of those wind against current things we sometimes get in the Narrows and did everything wrong on purpose. Water definitely found it's way to the forward windows. Not hard, but then it was only 31/2 knots and 25mph, probably 3', far from severe. I will definitely install some before we head to Alaska. We are located on Harstine Island, and Alice B. is moored at Jarrell's Cove Marina, which if you're in the area, is an unsecured marina. Ironically, we bought her in Anacortes last Fall.
Last edited by capnorv; 05-22-2011 at 03:00 PM.