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Will 131

Walk on Glass

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Hello All,

I am currently having a new NB built.

At the Crick show this year, we saw a boat with a walk on glass panel in the roof.

I am considering doing the same with a piece of laminated glass 33mm thick x 1000 x 500. The glass is sold as 'walk on' and will be strong enough. It has a UDL of 4.0kn/m square.

Would really appreciate any advise on fitting  etc if anyone else has done this?

Thank you!

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Unless it is double glazed how will you prevent condensation forming on it and dripping onto whatever is underneath it?

 

 

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As you are having a new boat built, it might be worth considering the very traditional addition of a pigeon box or two. They allow in light, give ventilation and extra height, and are more secure and stronger than a glass roof panel.

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On 22/07/2019 at 13:06, Will 131 said:

Hello All,

I am currently having a new NB built.

At the Crick show this year, we saw a boat with a walk on glass panel in the roof.

I am considering doing the same with a piece of laminated glass 33mm thick x 1000 x 500. The glass is sold as 'walk on' and will be strong enough. It has a UDL of 4.0kn/m square.

Would really appreciate any advise on fitting  etc if anyone else has done this?

Thank you!

Narrowboats get hot enough in summer without a glass roof letting more heat it and as Cuthound says how will you stop the drips from condensation.  Probably looks very swish at shows but far from practical I would have thought.

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57 minutes ago, Stilllearning said:

As you are having a new boat built, it might be worth considering the very traditional addition of a pigeon box or two. They allow in light, give ventilation and extra height, and are more secure and stronger than a glass roof panel.

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1 minute ago, WotEver said:

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That was one of the boxes I was thinking about, although I did love the traditional pigeon boxes I had on my last but one boat. One in the bathroom, perfect for ventilating steam, and hanging towels to dry, and the other in the kitchen, perfect for similar reasons.

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It is currently 35 degrees on my boat and I have 2 fans running and the big windows removed and all the blinds down.

I can only imagine what the temperature would be with a whopping great piece of glass in the roof.

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Not a glass roof, but a glass floor. I have walked on it. The ground is a very long way down ?. It hasn't broken yet and the link gives some dimensions and thicknesses to copy.  The Chinese seemed to have developed a bit of a thing for walking on glass.

 

Jen

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20 minutes ago, Jen-in-Wellies said:

Not a glass roof, but a glass floor. I have walked on it. 

You don't have to go all the way to Toronto - there's one at Blackpool Tower ( and I have walked on both).

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Bonding it into the steel well enough to cope with the flex of the rest of the boat should be an interesting challenge 

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26 minutes ago, Will 131 said:

Thank you everyone. I have now fitted two pieces of walk on glass in my boat. No problem with condensation or fitting.

Good for you, it would be great to see pictures?  When I had my boat built I considered 3 largeish Velux roof windows but the boat builder was already a bit freaked out by my requests so I kept the idea to myself. Still quite fancy fitting one now.

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10 hours ago, Will 131 said:

Thank you everyone. I have now fitted two pieces of walk on glass in my boat. No problem with condensation or fitting.

Excellent. Please can you put up some pictures and describe how you did it?

Jen

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