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Hi-Liner Windshield Info

I get a lot of questions about replacement windshields.   The original Hi-Liner windshields were manufactured by  Taylor Made Products.   Taylor is still in business, but the original molds were destroyed in a fire back in the early 70’s.   I spoke to Taylor a few years ago about trying to get a replacement windshield.  They sent me to www.oceandynamics.com . This company will make a replacement for any boat.   It helps if you still have the original frame.   It also helps if you have a lot of money,  they are not cheap.

I found an alternative if you are located in Massachusetts.   Rob Allison, lives on Cape Cod and specializes in plexiglass and lexan.   He made the windshield on my Fleetstart for half the cost of Ocean Dynamics, plus i was able to pick it up to avoid shipping costs.

 

 

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8 responses

  1. Bob Porter

    That’s terrific that we have a source for the wind screen replacement. I’ll follow up on this.
    I do need however one of those pieces of hardware that holds the windscreen to the deck. I’m not sure if all the Hiliers used the same hardware for this application. I could send a photo…
    Bob Porter
    Ipswich, MA

    January 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm

  2. kip

    If anyone is looking for a factory windsheld for a hiliner I have one. And some other trim parts. Contact kipboats@aol.com. Thanks

    January 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

  3. jamesbowes

    Bob,

    Please email me a picture and i’ll post it. Hopefully someone has one..

    January 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

  4. Jim Melanson

    I have a couple used Taylors or Taylor types as well. On some of the other vintage boat sites we have looked into having windshields made and the average ends up around 400 to 500 new
    Jim

    January 10, 2012 at 7:02 pm

  5. Bob Porter

    Than there’s the aluminum bow piece and quarter trims. My boat was used in the brine and the aluminum is in tough shape. I don’t know how well these could be restored, if at all. I think replacement is the answer. It would be nice to have these reproduced in 319ss. No more corrosion for the salter!
    Does anyone know if these boats were fastened with bronze or brass screws?

    January 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm

  6. Bob Porter

    I guses that bow piece would more accurately be called a cutwater.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    • mike

      hey Bob, I’m interested to see a photo of the “cutwater” on your boat. Are you saying you have one that protects basically the leading edge of the bow? or just the small “name plate” on the top edge/front of the bow. I’d love to get a stainless or aluminum or whatever cutwater made for my fleetstar..

      January 27, 2012 at 3:22 am

  7. mike

    If anyone is interested in the “Chris Craft” style windshield I have on my 1959 Fleetstar https://hilinerboat.com/2011/10/17/1959-fleetstar-in-ct/ i thought i would post up my source for brackets, since original Chris Craft hardware is rediculous.

    http://www.aluminum-castings.biz/ they are in PA, they do all sorts of odd aluminum castings and parts..they made me a new set of hardware and were very reasonable @ $109/shipped. I’m very happy with the pieces, note they do come rough and you will need to sand/polish by hand a bit. I made wood templates for the glass and had a local shop cut me some lexan. Now that I know it fits/works nice, I’ll redo it in actual safety glass at some point. I used butyl tape between the lexan and the hardware, and my local glass shop gave me some rubber edge molding used on a glass shower door or something and i used that on the edge that touches the wood on the boat. i get quite a few compliments on it, even though its not original or correct…i like it, and in my case, couldn’t source a windshield, so ohh well..

    January 27, 2012 at 3:20 am

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