Hello again folks,
Thanks so much for everyone's posts. Healhustler - I can say with 100% confidence that the hull of the Manatee is about the only thing we all have in common. I have seen photos of Summertime, Ray and Linda's Manatee but his window replacement job wasn't really documented other than photos of the finished job - which look great. (from raylinsea.com)
My Manatee's window is the full height, there is no bottom pane section. It's hinged at the top with a piano hinge that fastens to a piece of malleable rubber/plastic and screws into the top of the frame. It opens from the bottom and has 2 adjustable stainless arms mounted to the inside frame each being fixed into the acrylic with 2 screws. The pic shows it slightly opened, I was in the process of removing it. Normally it closes flush and the supports tighten it down. Not a design to take heavy seas but I've never had it leak.
HiDho - your temporary fix was one of the suggestions I got from a glass guy and since it doesn't require taking the frame apart it might be the quickest and simplest way to go. In a perfect world I'd replace all the frames with something that could be easily serviced but I'm still waiting on my lotto numbers to come in. This window seems to have been designed by someone wanting to ensure they will *ALWAYS* be the replacement supplier. I priced the size of the pane and depending on thickness it's about $60.00. I'm curious what thickness you used and how it looks from the outside?
Did you cut the old window out yourself? I was wondering if it would shatter or not. The other issue is the support holes are more than 1 inch from the edge so I'd probably have to extend that area. I really don't have to open the window that often but even replacing it with solid glass would require getting that frame apart...
I'll also try and contact Ray if he's still available and can give me some insights to his job. Thanks again for everyone's comments I'm really glad to find other Manatee owners here on this free forum. Any other ideas are as always, greatly appreciated.