After getting caught in a blowing deluge, I decided it would be a good idea to install a wiper/washer system aboard my runabout. Systems are available from companies such as Imtra, Marinco/AFI, Vetus and Schmitt & Ongaro.
I chose the Imtra Coastal Plus wiper with a pantograph arm and windshield-washer kit. This setup has proved robust. Here are the steps to install it.
Skill Level: 4/5
Time to Complete: 5 Hours
Tools and Supplies
*Imtra Coastal Plus wiper motor ($155)
*Imtra pantograph arm ($105)
*Imtra fluid canister with pump ($95)
*Imtra washer head ($18) *Imtra 6 mm hose ($3 per meter)
*Assorted marine wire connectors, wire and circuit breaker (or in-line five-amp fuse) for 12-volt electrical installation
*Stainless-steel fasteners (for washer reservoir)
*Self-tapping stainless-steel screws (for pantograph mounting plate and motor support)
*Marine silicone sealant (for self-tapping screws)
*Drill bits: 5/16 inch (for 6 mm washer hose) and 9/16 (for wiper motor shaft)
*A metal ruler (optional, but it makes small measurements reliable)
*Masking tape (to tape area, mark holes and prevent gelcoat damage when drilling)