In this article we look at the different types of boat window materials. If you look after your boat, and maintain it well, you will get to enjoy using it for longer. When it comes to the different types of boat window materials, there are four key options. Choosing the right boat window material is important. 

Usually, boat windows are made from marine plastics such as acrylic, Perspex and polycarbonate. These exceptionally durable marine plastics are the perfect choice for keeping your boat seaworthy and defending it against the elements.

As mentioned above there are a handful of boat window material options.

They are:

  • Coated vinyl
  • Polycarbonate
  • Perspex
  • Acrylic

Boat window materials – an overview

In this section of the article, we look at each boat window material and offer key insights.

Firstly, if you are currently researching, you are the topic of replacement boat windows, here are three other articles to read:

Here is a quick look at four of the most popular boat and marine window materials

  1. Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate boat windows are considered virtually unbreakable. It is made from a clear, semi rigid plastic. It can be coated to make it resistant to UV rays and scratches.

This type of boat plastic is highly suited in choppy waters, or where your boat is more likely to take a battering from the elements.

One of the disadvantages of polycarbonate is, unlike acrylic,  it cannot be rolled up for storage.

  1. Perspex

Perspex boat windows are durable and the perfect choice for most boat owners. We will keep this part of the article short, as Perspex is the same as acrylic.

In case you do not know, Perspex is a premium branded acrylic.

Therefore, as a premium acrylic product, it is perfect for use at sea and in other marine environments.

  1. Acrylic

Like polycarbonate, acrylic is semi rigid, and offers superb visibility. Therefore, it is perfect for boat shields, screens, and portholes.

Furthermore, acrylic panels are extremely difficult to break, making them a fantastic choice for a range of marine applications. Acrylic boat windows and screens are incredibly cost-effective. In no way does this mean they are a cheap choice.

Cost-conscious boat owners should definitely consider acrylic as an option for their replacement plastic boat windows and windscreens.

Related reading: Replacement boat windows and screens: acrylic vs glass

  1. Coated vinyl

One of the advantages of vinyl is it can easily bend to follow the contours of your boat.

It is mildew and scratch resistant.

As it is scratch resistant, people often feel a vinyl boat window will last longer than other materials.

With advancements in product design and development, this is not really the case.

Thinking about replacing your current boat windows?

If you are a boat owner, and are thinking about your options, here are five final things to consider:

  1. Remember to consider the cost of each material  – some are more expensive than others. Often, they are of the same quality so it can come down to personal choice.
  2. If you are cost conscious, always consider longevity. Pick a type of boat plastic material than will last if your wallet wants it to
  3. Some boat window materials last longer than others. Consider how often you are comfortable replacing it
  4. How you use your boat will need to drive you buying decisions. Some boat window materials are more durable and weather resistant than others
  5. Think about the shape of your boat. You will need to consider this factor if you are looking for curved boat windscreens

Summary of the different types of boat window materials

To summarise this article, a handful of options for new or replacement boat window materials.

They are:

  • Coated vinyl
  • Polycarbonate
  • Perspex
  • Acrylic

Each has their own benefits and drawbacks.

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