Boat Window Replacement: Everything You Need To Know
24th October 2018
“Owning a boat is a big commitment, it takes a lot of work to maintain a vessel of any size and there are many elements that need regular attention.”
Whether you’re just performing routine maintenance or you’re getting ready for the sailing season, maintaining or replacing your boat windows is a crucial step in ensuring a safe and enjoyable time on the water. If your boat windows are damaged, scratched or otherwise not clear, they can impede your view which could cause an accident.
There are many many different reasons you may choose to invest in better boat windows, window frames or windscreens, from comfort to functionality.
Apart from safety reasons, modern boat windows and windscreens can be more durable, reduce the amount of harmful UV rays that seep into the cockpit or living areas and provide more protection in the marine environment.
Continue reading to find more about what you need to know when it comes to boat window replacement.
Owning a boat is a big commitment, it takes a lot of work to maintain a vessel of any size and there are many elements that need regular attention. Many boat owners end up becoming DIY experts, turning their attention to all sorts of tasks that they may never have attempted before. However, boat window replacement is not something to be taken lightly and can be a big job, even for those with experience. This is one job that you want to ensure is done right as you don’t want to end up windows that don’t fit properly and allow water to seep into your boat, potentially causing structural and interior damage.
First of all, to order a new window or set of windows, you’re going to need precise measurements. This can be a difficult task, since providing builders / glazier with 100% accurate measurements can be challenging. For accurate numbers be sure to remove the existing windows and clear all gaps before measuring. If you or the boat builder still has access to the original plans, this is the best option, as you’ll have precise measurements. If you’re planning on having custom windows made, it’s very important to provide this data to get an accurate estimate of the cost of the project.
Boat Window / Windscreen Options
When you’re shopping for new marine windows or boat windscreens, you should be looking for a mix of safety and comfort. This means that you’re going to want to look for a mix of fixed, hinged and sliding windows to install throughout your boat.
You also have to take into account the thickness of the material. While there’s no clear standard for personal yachts and boats when it comes to window thickness, it’s better to determine what thickness you feel safe with as well as what kind of tint you may want.
Finally, pick a frame that suits the overall look, feel and aesthetic of your boat. You will want to choose a design that flows well with the curves and lines of your vessel and complements what is already in place. Your boat windows can be as much or as little of a feature as you choose and your frames will go a long way to achieving the look you want.
Alfab’s team of skilled workmen and fabricators use only the best quality materials and treatments for our products to ensure the end result meets our strict standards.
Some of the treatments and materials used during manufacturing of glass, aluminium and more include:
- Prep M by Bostik: used for the pre-treatment of materials such as coated glass, aluminium surfaces and powder-coated metals.
- Simson ISR 70-08 Urethane by Bostik: For adhesive use during processes such as direct glazing window and window frame installations. This product is known for its durability, UV and weather resistance, fast-curing and odourless properties.
- Primer M. Edge, Primer M clear and Simson Primer G Extra (U.V. Blackout primer) by Bostik: Primers used throughout the direct glazing window installation process.
Be Prepared For Your Next Boating Adventure
Whether you’re going for custom or standard windows, remember to take accurate measurements or provide them to your supplier so that you can start your replacement project on the right foot. Take some time to consider the design of your boat and how your choice of hinged, sliding and fix windows will complement the style, airflow and comfort onboard. With the right boat windows installed you will be ready for your next adventure, safe in the knowledge that you will have clear views of everything between you and the horizon.