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Personally? I think wood products exposed to the outdoors are just a way of ensuring jobs for maintenance staff. I'd use 1/2" plexiglass instead for a zero-maintenance solution that also allows more light down below. WAY more light.
Not clear plexi, but translucent plexi, either "milk white" or other colors available, or plain transparent smoked if that suits you better. If you want extra privacy but don't want the translucent stuff, you can use the plain smoked and just have one side sanded or sand-blasted, the abrasion will make it impossible to see through.
Any grade of plexi is strong enough for this application, you'd want to do a little rounding and polishing to take off rought/sharp edges, or have a plexi shop fab them to match your old boards, it should be a fairly simple job. I wouledn't worry about scratch- or UV- resistance for this application either, but if you want to splurge you can ask for a better grade of plexi with that in mind.
And they don't all have to be the same, i.e. you can make the lowest one clear (so you can see out) while keeping the top ones translucent to keep prying eyes out.
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I just got back from my boat and I was thinking about this. What about starboard ? You would never need to do anything to it, zero maintenance.
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Starboard should also work, sure. How's the price compare to plexi in 1/2" material?
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One other feature about starboard over plexi is security
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Get some teak boards and route the edges down to the 1/2" you need. Good looking end strong.
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I wouldn't use Starboard, because it doesn't really have the tensile strength that ABS, Lexan, Polycarbonate, Acrylic or Plexiglass have. If you look at the commercially made Starboard dropboards, they're actually laminated with a stainless steel crossbar as reinforcement.

Starboard is far weaker than the other materials, and the manufacturer says it shouldn't be used as a structural material.

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I meant Lexan, but in many ways, ABS, Polycarbonate and Lexan serve very similar purposes..
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One other thing about Starboard, it's as expensive as teak.
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lexan I'm guessing.
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I had a Lexan companionway door that was crazed and cracked, replaced it with marine plywood cut to shape, with a teak louvred vent set in the upper middle (with brass screws). The vent improves ventlation over the plastic, and the door looks great when varnished and finished with a nice hand-hold.

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