Options

Boat mirrors

I was at lake last weekend. Lot of boats. This boat didnt have a mirror. I been searching online for one. This is a Rinker 240. Not sure what style would be best. Windshield mount? I seen a lot of garbage plastic ones they call mirrors. Seem like years ago you get get chrome or polished stainless steel ones. Everything on Amazon and Ebay is Chinese disposable garbage.

Comments

  • Options
    Michael TMichael T Member Posts: 7,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I have used CIPA mirrors for years. Not cheap but very durable and you can actually see behind you (novel idea, eh?). Sizes to fit most needs and windshield frame thicknesses.
  • Options
    Stever00Stever00 Member Posts: 145
    There must be different grades of CIPA mirrors. One on E-trailer said convex glass. Reviewer said it was cheap plastic. It was about 25.00. Guess you have to pay about 70 to get real one.
  • Options
    Michael TMichael T Member Posts: 7,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes, @Stever00 there are multiple grades and sizes of CIPA. I have used smaller and cheaper CIPA models that still lasted well. This model (about $60 US) is top of the line 4" x 20"  with the two outer mirror sections able to articulate. Wanted it for towing the grandchildren as it's kind of hard to explain to their parents that you lost them somewhere on the lake! As well it is recommended by Yamaha as it will fit their windshield frame without marking it. ***** I always make sure the mirror attachment will not strike the windshield of the port side when the center opening walk through window is opened. If I think it may strike the glass I either install a longer rubber mount on the bottom of the window frame or a soft pad on the mirror - for obvious reasons.
  • Options
    69fastback69fastback Member Posts: 951 ✭✭✭
    edited June 2020
    This is the one I use and it seems like good quality to me. Pretty sure there’s no plastic on it or the mount. 

  • Options
    PickleRickPickleRick Member Posts: 3,920 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I used one from eBay near identical to what @69fastback just posted.  Price was about the same 

    There is plastic on it but for the price do i care?  In the event someoene grabs it while they are stumbling id rather the mirror attachment break than shatter my windshield.  Plastic wont rust or bubble.    If it starts to look bad in 3 or 4 seasons i sell it on Craigslist for 10 bucks and buy a new one for 50 bucks, bayliner owners dont mind faded plastic parts 😆.  I keep my boat under a carport and mooring cover unless on the water so i think it will outlast the boat.

    My only gripe is its big and a pain to step around when going to access the anchor. My windshield doesn't open so i must go over it.  Rinker missed the mark with this design flaw.

    I have yet to pull anyone behind my boat this season but for a rear view mirror it much better than the small ones.  
  • Options
    Michael TMichael T Member Posts: 7,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I had the exact same mirror from CIPA that @69fastback gave a link too. It came in white or black. The mount was pretty universal but I turned the mount 360 degrees to place the mirror exactly where I wanted it. It was very sturdy and had a rubber bellows to protect the articulating parts in it. 
  • Options
    IanIan Member Posts: 2,806 ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2020
    I use I use a suction cup windscreen mounted unit I think the admiral got for me from WM. Out of the way and convex for a good rear view through camper top   
    Post edited by Ian on

    Regards,

    Ian

    The Third “B”

    Secretary, Ravena Coeymans Yacht Club

    https://www.rcyachtclub.com/

  • Options
    Michael TMichael T Member Posts: 7,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Where I boat a mirror is a necessary accessory. Too many idiots that don't know the rules of the river. A few years back a guy blasted past my Starboard side with no warning going around a marker buoy to do it and ran right onto rocks. Not saying that was justice or anything but better on the rocks than my swim platform.

Sign In or Register to comment.