The Best Plastics for Boat Windscreens
From speedboats to luxury yachts, all vessels endure their fair share of abuse. Boat windscreens are no exception. As well as being exposed to harsh UV rays, boat windscreens also need to stand up against wind, water and salt spray.
This is why manufacturing boat windscreens calls for specialty plastics. The following plastics are tougher and safer than glass and are designed to endure all the wear and tear the high seas can throw at them.
Cast Acrylic Sheet
As the name suggests, cast acrylic sheet is manufactured using a process that sees MMA (methyl methacrylate monomer) liquid poured into a mould, which is then submerged in warm water to trigger the polymerisation process and set the plastic. Cast acrylic sheet can be ordered in different thicknesses, colours and tints, depending on the unique needs of the client.
250 times stronger than glass, polycarbonate offers excellent UV resistance, as well as durability against high impact force. This makes it ideal for manufacturing boat windscreens, as well as panels used for boat windows and skylights.
It’s often treated with scratch and UV-resistant coatings to enhance longevity and maximise clarity. Polycarbonate can also be tinted, adding to its versatility. While polycarbonate can be pricier than other options, at the end of the day it’s worth investing in the right material for the job, as cutting corners can mean early replacements down the line.
Clear Pressed Polished Coated Vinyl
Highly resistant to scratches, clear pressed polished coated vinyl is a marine-grade window material with excellent durability. It features a clear thermoplastic vinyl base coated with a protective barrier.
It’s then pressed and polished into a flexible, transparent sheet that can be easily rolled away if needed. Not only does clear pressed polished coated vinyl offer fantastic clarity, but it also stands up against exposure to corrosive chemicals, including sunscreen, insect repellent and fuel vapour.
Vinyl and Polyester Composite
Vinyl and polyester composite plastics are coveted for their flexibility to curve and mould along the fluid contours of a boat. As well as being waterproof, vinyl and polyester composite plastics are resistant to mildew, which maximises transparency and minimises maintenance. This is always a big plus for boat owners who want to keep their vessels looking sharp and seaworthy.
Do You Need Custom Plastic Fabrication for Your Boat?
As well as manufacturing boat windscreens, BCJ Plastics specialises in other marine fabrication, from hatches and bait boards to built-in seating and custom covers. We have a team of highly trained technicians with access to the latest manufacturing machinery. Working with premium quality plastics, we use thermoforming, infrared heating, vacuum forming, drape forming and edge finishing techniques to create custom fabrication designed to endure tough maritime conditions.