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Old 01-08-2017, 02:26 PM   #1
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Forget curtains, blinds or tint.

http://shop.smarttint.com/Grey-Smart...oat_b_515.html
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Old 01-10-2017, 04:29 PM   #2
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Interesting, Capn Bill. Haven't had time to read in detail. It appears that the film goes opaque in the power-off mode. Also set up to work on DC. Anyone have experience with this material? Cost?
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Seems to me that a system that "fails" to the blind mode ain't all that smart.
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Old 01-10-2017, 05:22 PM   #4
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Seems to me that a system that "fails" to the blind mode ain't all that smart.
Took the words right out of my mouth!
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Old 01-10-2017, 05:27 PM   #5
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My thought, too, AP. But, as I said, haven't had time to thoroughly look at the piece. I may be incorrect.

Offf the subject, I didn't know Rawson made power boats. Admire the look of her!
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My thought, too, AP. But, as I said, haven't had time to thoroughly look at the piece. I may be incorrect.

Offf the subject, I didn't know Rawson made power boats. Admire the look of her!
Thanks, she is a beauty, just acquired in May...one look closed the deal.

A friend once said: "You can compliment my wife, kids, my house, my dog. But if you want to make me feel really good, say something nice about my boat."

Actually, most Rawsons are powerboats, very stout workboats. Alaska is full of Rawson gillnetters and power-trollers. If you look at one of those clunky 30 foot sloops, its heritage shows.
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Interesting, Capn Bill. Haven't had time to read in detail. It appears that the film goes opaque in the power-off mode. Also set up to work on DC. Anyone have experience with this material? Cost?
I have not got a chance to work with it yet.

It does power off to opaque.

But I don't think that is such a big deal.
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I have not got a chance to work with it yet.

It does power off to opaque.

But I don't think that is such a big deal.
The concern of course if there is some power failure, circuit failure, wiring fault etc.... suddenly you can't see out of your PH windows. That could be inconvenient to say the least.

My guess is that power on opaque is currently not possible with the technology.
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:31 PM   #9
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The concern of course if there is some power failure, circuit failure, wiring fault etc.... suddenly you can't see out of your PH windows. That could be inconvenient to say the least.

My guess is that power on opaque is currently not possible with the technology.
It's only a concern if you don't have an upper helm.

Or radar.
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:57 PM   #10
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I just couldn't handle the yellow stained nasty curtains any longer. Probably used too much bleach on the wash trial, Judging by the fabric tear... but I'll tone it down on the rest of them. I pulled them all out yesterday and I'm going to wash them all till I can find an affordable replacement. Sure smell better.....


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Well, I'm no engineer, but I've been taught that any properly designed system fails-to-safe. Seems to be a simple test.

How, exactly, is this better than curtains?
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How, exactly, is this better than curtains?
It was a bit of hyperbole on my part obviously.

But there is also obviously a use for them. People just have to use their own judgement as to where and when.
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But there is also obviously a use for them.
Maybe on the south side of my house, but probably not on my boat...or my airplane.
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Maybe on the south side of my house, but probably not on my boat...or my airplane.
See, you used your own judgement.
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Well electric opacity is nothing new. You can find electric reactive glass that will either go clear when on or the opposite go drk when on. This is has been used for places like public toilets or things like that. Only drawback is that you need constant alimentation to get the opposite state so may not be the most energy efficient depending of the usage and the price is quite high.
Some years ago I rebuilt a bathroom in my house and wanted to install a glass door that would become dark when light is on but at 2000$ it was a bit too much for me.
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36" x 36" = $531. Way too expensive for me.
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I also would prefer power-OFF-to view. With proper power redundancy, the power-to-view issue shouldn't be a problem, especially if it's not used on the windshield glass. I like exterior canvas to keep the windshield clean and dry for those early morning departures.
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Pretty cool stuff, but agree it's way too expensive for my boat budget.

Does anyone know if the wires are actually connected to the tint material?
If so, how would that work on a sliding window?
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There is a very good reason the MVA prohibits a tint on the windshield and the front side windows in cars, at least in BC. The same should apply to the boat, unless you have no helm on that level.
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There is a very good reason the MVA prohibits a tint on the windshield and the front side windows in cars, at least in BC. The same should apply to the boat, unless you have no helm on that level.

That is what would be nice about this type of tinting technology. Tints on the windshield would be fine for bright sunny days but are dangerous in low light conditions.
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