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You should be able to get the original factory style windows from Mark Plastics, 369 E. Harrison St., Corona Ca 92897. Phone (909)735-7705. They have the patterns for most if not all of the Islander line.
The $120 per window sounds about right. Look upon it as an investment in your boat. If it looks original, it will bring more money when it comes time to part. The previous owner was trying to save money too and ended up with something less than great.
As I recall, I paid about $130 (US) each for the salon windows on my Islander 36 several years ago. While expensive, in my judgement, they were worth every penney, as they made the boat look so much newer.
The corner radius on some plastic windows is smaller than Aluminum window frames can be bent, so I would be very careful of aluminum frames unless you are sure they will fit the existing opening very closely. Good fitting windows are quite important as a poor fit will usually guarantee leaks. Leaks are bad news...stained woodwork, mildew, damp cushions, etc etc.
Welcome to the joys of boat ownership! Start saving your money!