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nesailor 12-24-2004 12:46 PM

I am interested in replacing the windows in the deckhouse of a 1969 Alden motorsailor. What is the most ideal material....plexiglass, acrylic, etc... The windows are quite large however I am not planning to venture offshore with this boat so I am not too concerned with them being stove in. Thanks - nesailor

nesailor 12-24-2004 12:48 PM


Denr 12-25-2004 05:19 AM

I''m not an expert but you might give consideration to a GE product called Lexan, this is used by several builders of boats and hatches, it is strong, has UV inhibitors and can easily be shaped, cut, sanded and molded into the desired configuration. Then invite me sailing on your boat.

928frenzy 12-25-2004 07:33 AM

I replaced all the fixed windows last year. Before doing so, I checked with several "experts" and nearly all said, in places where a wave could hit the window, I should use Lexan made by GE. As I recall, it cost about $150 for a 2''x4'' sheet 1/4" thick. I was able to cut all four windows from one sheet, with a bit left over.

~ Happy sails to you ~ _/) ~

FalconEddie 12-25-2004 02:53 PM

I have done several things for customers, depending on both the customer and the advisability. For one customer, I installed 1/4" safety glass (cut by a glass shop) which he had tint installed on the inside after I''d sealed the panes in. It was definately a ''sunny day harbor boat'' and he insisted on being able to wash the boat like a car and feared hazing plastic. For other customers I have installed varying thicknesses of clear Lexan, and for others, various thicknesses, usually at least 1/4" but sometimes up to 1/2" (Which I have in my own portholes) tinted plexiglass. If you''re carefull washing the plastic and use approved plastic polishes on it, it seems to last prety good.

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