It is no surprise that boats need to be designed to literally weather some incredibly rough storms. From facing the elements to handling issues such as corrosion from saltwater, boats need to be built to last.
Although ships have historically been made from wood and metal, many modern boats have found marine plastic to be the most well-rounded solution.
There are lots of benefits that marine plastic engineering offers boat owners which we are going to look at in this article.
The benefits of marines plastics for your boat
The three key benefits marine plastics offer are:
- Incredible durability and resistance
- Cheaper than glass
- The non-slick surface of marine plastic is perfect for the water
- They are perfect for boat windows and screen
Marine plastics offer Incredible durability and resistance
Boats are almost constantly at the mercy of the elements, from harsh rains and winds pelting the vessel to saltwater corroding the hull of the boat over time. Even the sun’s UV rays can damage the boat and weaken its integrity.
Marine plastics – normally polycarbonate or polyethene – are designed to be incredibly resistant to the elements and salt water. There is no need to apply coats of paints to marine plastic, which is a great time saver but also stops problems with paint chipping which can damage the hull.
Normally, boats are joined together with metal staples, but over time they corrode and degrade. Marine plastic, however, will be able to handle these issues with no damage and ensure the longevity of your boat for longer.
Another fantastic benefit of marine plastic is its durability. Unlike wood or metal, marine plastic is flexible enough to withstand hits from rocks at the seabed with no more than a few scuffs.
Marine plastic is cheaper than glass
If cost is a consideration, you should definitely consider using marine plastics as opposed to glass.
In most cases, plastic is far cheaper than glass, and therefore more cost-effective.
Glass is often considered more of a long-term option. However, like with all purchases, you need to consider the costs involved.
As discussed above, marine plastics are highly durable and weather rsesitant.
The non-slick surface of marine plastic is perfect for the water
Marine plastics are particularly grippy when wet, especially materials like Antiskid HDPE sheeting.
When out on the water, the floor can become incredibly wet and slippery which could cause serious accidents while boating. Marine plastics offer a much safer deck for boats as they can be made to prevent slippage even when wet.
They are perfect for boat windows and windscreens
Marine plastics can be implemented onto boats as a replacement for windows and boat screens. Certain polycarbonate plastics, such as Makrolon Marine 5, are completely transparent and capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions. Moreover, it is resistant to abrasions, yellowing and is incredibly resilient.
Marine plastics – boat window, screens, hatches, and washboards
Here at Hampshire Plastics, we are experts in marine plastics.
Our service offering includes:
- Replacement boat window and screen
- Hatches and liners
- Curved boat windows
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