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Old 06-18-2015, 02:48 AM   #1
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Any Recommendations for Plexiglass/Acrylic Replacement Windows?

I'd like to replace some fixed & slider windows. As my walls aren't perfectly flat, I can't use glass, so will likely use acrylic/plexiglass. I need entire window setups including track, frame, etc.

The boat is in WA just outside of Seattle. Can anyone recommend a vendor for replacement windows? I'd love it to be local source but am willing to go elsewhere.

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Old 06-18-2015, 06:29 AM   #2
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Have you spoken with the people at: Marine Windows. Freeman Marine Equipment, Inc. provides the finest marine and specialty closures available. Custom fabricated doors, hatches, portlights and windows.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:48 AM   #3
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What is in there now?

My walls are pretty uneven too but shims and caulk worked. Glass will twist a tad when tightening the frames.


Any chance its not that bad?.... as it is hard to imagine the original builder used anything else and even a tough life rotting away (like my boat) wouldn't make it that bad.


Really sorry if I am insulting your experience...just hard for me to imagine the cabin is that bad.
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:52 AM   #4
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Glass is worth the PIA as it does not readily scratch as plastic will..
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Glass is worth the PIA as it does not readily scratch as plastic will..
What he said.
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Mary: Talk the people at Diamond Sea Glaze. They're just over the border.


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Old 06-18-2015, 02:55 PM   #7
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Mary: Talk the people at Diamond Sea Glaze. They're just over the border.


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+1 IMO the best glazing you can buy.
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Old 06-21-2015, 12:23 AM   #8
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Believe me when I say I've investigated every possible way to install glass in the salon. I'd love to have glass but for the 4 affected windows, it ain't gonna happen. Anything I use in place of those 40 yr old windows is going to look heavenly.

I didn't realize DSG also worked with Lexan (I called them up). I'm going to get quotes from DSG & Peninsula Glass in Vancouver, WA. Freeman Marine utilizes DSG.

Thanks for the suggestions,
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Something I learned from TAP plastics when investigating having new venturi panels made is that Lexan is stronger than Plexiglas but it is much more susceptible to scratching. If you have to go with plastic it's better to go with Plexiglas.

What were the original windows made of?
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:49 AM   #10
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I didn't realize DSG also worked with Lexan (I called them up). I'm going to get quotes from DSG & Peninsula Glass in Vancouver, WA. Freeman Marine utilizes DSG.
Be wary of Lexan (Polycarbonate) as it develops streaks over a relatively short period of time. It's being used for dodgers on sail boats now and looks great for the first couple of years......then the streaks appear. Years ago, when GE first developed Lexan, they had a commercial on TV that showed a D-8 cat driving over a pie pan that was made out of Lexan. No damage appeared to the pie pan. Then....a little kid came out with an eye dropper full of isopropyl alcohol and dispensed it on the pan. Crazing and cracking happened immediately as Lexan does not have good chemical resistance qualities. It's also damn expensive!
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... Lexan is stronger than Plexiglas but it is much more susceptible to scratching...
Marin: Did you ask about Lexan MR10? We used Lexan MR10 for ten years on our last boat and it is very scratch resistant. You can't make a major bend such as curved windshields/wind screens with it because of the coatings but the MR10 should work for side windows with a modest hull curve. Lexan MR10 is great stuff IMHO. Here's a quick blurb:

Lexan™ MR10 sheets improved Margard™ II coating resists abrasion and defies graffiti to ensure a "like-new" appearance for many years to come. The next generation of UV absorbers, MargardŽ coating now incorporates enhanced UV absorbers to protect the sheet from the debilitating effects of sunlight. As a result, Lexan™ MR10 is accompanied by extended warranties that are your assurance of long term product performance; 10 year prorated replacement warranty against breakage, yellowing, abrasion, loss of light transmission and coating delamination.^ 15 year warranty against yellowing and light transmission for qualified dual glazed systems.** Virtually unbreakable. High light transmission common to all Lexan™ sheet products. Easily maintained without marring, hazing, or yellowing. Compiles with major model building codes. Dade county approved material. Recommended for use in residential vertical glazing applications. The ideal glazing for high traffic and high impact areas such as: educational institutions, psychiatric hospitals, storefronts and windows, low-level physical attack areas, entrance doors and patios, hurricane protection, railings and sound barriers. Will withstand -40°F to 180°F continuous and 220°F short term with no load.
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This was some years ago and the actual product number did not come up. When I asked about using Lexan they simply said that while it's stronger its surface is much softer and so is very susceptible to scratching compared to Plexiglas. For that reason they did not recommend it for our application. I've not inquired about it lately.
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