Q&A: Safety of Large Pilothouse Windows



Member Tim asks [edited for brevity]: I notice you have not mentioned [in this Online Book] the integrity of windows during a knockdown and the possibility of storm covers. (I don't mean something to fix a broken window afterwards.) Maybe this not a significant issue for many boats but ours is a pilot house/deck saloon design...I worry that should we get knocked down and smash a window, the volume of water that could enter would be colossal.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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