Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: North Brookfield, Mass.
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Well..... I was wrong in my assumption/hope(for a little piece of mind) that the NC 35 that lost its windows off the California coast was of the older 'rubber gasket only' type. After corresponding with the crew member inolved I was corrected. He, as a Nauticat dealer and deliverer, tells me that the "Pilothouse" line always had the through bolted aluminum frames that were added to my 331 as an upgrade to the 33 as member of the "Traditional Motor Sailor" line. On the bright side Kaj Gustofson, the owner of the Nauticat Company, had told him that he only knew of one window failure and that was caused by a poorly mounted stereo in the pilothouse.
Again, as in my earlier post, I'm not discounting the vulnerability of Pilothouse windows and the probable need for 'storm windows' for offshore work I just wanted to gather some info for the list and myself.
Wickford/Narragansett Bay RI