blackrock wrote:Bad dog glad to hear you like your Big Brother, we've been really impressed with ours. The new spray shield design is a huge improvement over the old design. See the close up pic on page 1 above. Kelly came up with a piece that has a channel or groove mounted around the edge of the cockpit. The sprayshield has a thick seam or welt that slides and locks in to this channel all the way around. This makes it replaceable if it gets worn, or you just want clear vs gray. I get a few drops in in two places, but Kelly recommends a small bead of silicone around it if you are not going to be changing colors back and forth. There is definitely going to be a retrofit kit, may be available now. Measure your cockpit all the way around and call Kelly. As for waves going over, we don't hunt in gale force winds, but we have the full height sprayshield and we haven't had any waves come close to breaching the shield. We can also run it lower, like half height by repositioning the "kickstand" in the back lower, for lower profile. Good luck and enjoy the rest of the season!
I love the new spray shield minus one thing. I didn't even think to check and make sure it was sealed (my fault I told him I would be changing from clear to grey depending on the hunt) Water poured into the boat. I went around the base of it where the spray shield meets the boat and applied silicone. I still had a some water dripping in (a couple drips per wave). I went and decided to run another silicone ring around the black fabric on the outside of the boat (did that on Sunday so I haven't been able to test it yet). That's the only spot where I could see water coming in at. Once I get it sealed I think it will be lights out. I have had my boats in 2-3' waves with the new spray shield and have yet to have one crack over the curtain, I did have it leaking in though before I sealed it.
I was thinking about maybe having a rubber insert fashioned up to seal the spray curtain from the outside, something that I could take one and off so that I could change the spray guards on the fly without having to mess with silicone. Maybe making it so that it looked like a T and the lower part inserts into the creves between the curtain and the boat. Might be worth kicking around.
The only other mod I was thinking about adding would be a ring around the boat where it meets the water, Hopefully out of rubber so that it would protect the layout from banging on the tender when your switching in and out. I think I may have two summer projects on my hands. lol
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