In this article, we take a look at the different types of boat and marine plastics. If you look after your boat well, you can reduce its running costs as well as maintaining its seaworthiness.

When it comes to boat windows, screens and windshields choosing the right type of material is paramount.

As Hampshire Plastics we are specialists in:

  • Boat windows and screens
  • Batch hatch covers and liners
  • Boat washboards

Typically, boat windows, screens and windshields need to be durable, versatile and highly weather resistant.

Marine and boat plastics tick those boxes, so let’s get started with the article.

The Different Types of Marine & Boat Plastics

There are a whole range of boat plastics used for windows, screens, and shields. They are:

  • Acrylic
  • Perspex®
  • Polycarbonate

Let’s take a look at each:


Acrylic panels are semi-rigid and offer excellent visibility.

Acrylic is highly durable, versatile, and is incredibly difficult to break. All in all this makes acrylic a favourable choice for boat windows, screens and shields.

One of the drawbacks is acrylic boat windows and screens can be scratched easier than some other options, such as glass.


Perspex® is a highly durable, quality material for use in the manufacturing of a range of marine plastic products.

Perspex® is often used when manufacturing:

  • Boat windows
  • Curved boat windows
  • Custom and bespoke boat windows
  • Boat screens
  • Boat windscreens and windshields


Polycarbonate is made from clear plastic. It is a semi-rigid, versatile, durable material.

Polycarbonate boat windows are generally considered to be pretty much unbreakable. That’s a pretty big benefit of using polycarbonate for boat windows, screens and windshields.

If you are looking for maximum visibility when out on the water, polycarbonate is a strong option.

Furthermore, polycarbonate can be coated with scratch and UV-resistant coatings. This provides additional protection.

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Our range of marine plastics products includes:

  • Boat windows and screens
  • Batch hatch covers and liners
  • Boat washboards

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