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pro10is
04-11-11, 03:04 PM
I enjoy my 2008 Speedster 150 215 tremendously but after a full dayís excursion on the lake I often get wind burn and dry eyes from being blasted by winds up to 50+ mph. Iíve often thought this boat could really use a windshield to deflect some of the airflow, but to my knowledge there were none available. So during the off season I decided to see if a practical windshield application could be applied. Iím also a motorcyclist so I knew there were aftermarket windshield kits for bikes, but they were mostly model specific and it would be very difficult to find the right one to fit my boat. While searching the web for windshields I came across a company who had a versatile product designed specifically for windshield fitments on virtually any motorcycle. After studying the design I could see no reason why this wouldnít work on my Speedster.

I then contacted Mark Stadnyk, owner of MadStad Engineering who designed the RoboBracket adjustable windshield system and asked his opinion. Mark was extremely helpful and highly knowledgeable. I sent him photos of my boat as well as some measurements and he recommended the parts I should order to give it a try.

After receiving the parts and reading the instructions (meant of course for motorcycle applications) I discovered that the Speedsterís hatch cover was actually hollow inside. It was not possible to drill through holes for the bracket mounting bolts. I resolved this problem by drilling only into the top layer of the hatch and then using well nuts. This worked great and also provided a rubber damping for the windshield bracket mount. From there it was very simple to mount the brackets and install the windshield.

The unique design of the RoboBrackets allows an incredible range of adjustments. The windshield can be quickly and easily set to the exact angle or height desired. This will permit experimentation to determine the most effective settings. The brackets are so versatile the windshield can even be positioned horizontally to allow a boat cover to be used. In addition the RoboBrackets have a quick removal system to allow the windshield to be removed in a matter of seconds.

I was initially worried that mounting a windshield to the Speedster wouldnít look good but surprisingly I think it substantially improves the looks of the boat. This is my opinion and not everyone will agree but I think it goes well with the style of the boat much in the same way as the look of a sport motorcycle. After showing the initial results to Mark he took the initiative to design a windshield specifically for the Speedster and sent it to me. It fit much better than the original and now provides a custom look appearance (see photos below). In addition the brackets will allow windshields of almost any design to be mounted if someone preferred a larger or smaller style.

As you can tell from the photos itíll be a while before I can actually test it on the water. From my experience with motorcycles I expect it will provide good to excellent wind protection.

If there is enough interest here I will provide all the installation details. You can contact Madstad Engineering at www.madstad.com (http://www.madstad.com). I am not affiliated with Madstad in any way (except as a very satisfied customer). I work for IBM as a tool systems engineer.

I have more photos if anyone wants to see other angles. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

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http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa119/pro10is/Speedster%20150/IMG_2188.jpg

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canadianwhiskey
04-11-11, 03:30 PM
Cool man. Hope it works out for ya.

thor7000
04-11-11, 04:05 PM
In those pictures it looks like a snowmobile!! LOL

unclejay
04-12-11, 02:20 PM
Extremely clever. I'm a little worried that well nuts will not hold in a 50 mph blast..I hope it works. I might try something along the same lines but mount a larger windshield to the silver part of the lid, more forward. That way I could drill all the way through. . However that has drawbacks also - the silver plastic part is not very strong. Mine cracked when someone leaned on it.