work done thirty plus years ago by Islander Yachts was in general up to
my expectations of a good factory built boat.
However; the worker responsible for installing windows sure was sloppy.
I guess that the position of window installer must have been a position
at the very bottom of the food chain. I doubt I have ever seen worse
work on any vessel.
When we bought Flying Cloud the windows were at least thirty years old
and over the windows were what Islander called 'Storm Covers'.
These were nothing more than 1/2 inch Lexan covers, slightly larger than
the window frame and were thru-bolted to the sides of the cabin. They
were yellowed, cracked and crazed. You could hardly see thru the windows
or the storm covers.
we got around to replacing this mess I used an approach I have used many
times over the years.
are pics of the approach I tool.
In my Sign Business we used a wide variety of products. For our backlit
electrical signs we generally used either Lexan or Acrylic.
Each has it's pros and cons. By the way; Lexan is a registered brand
name. The true name for these plastics is, Polycarbonate.
Lexan is the key component used in making bullet proof glass. It is
incredibly strong and flexible. Easy to work with using normal wood
However it has some characteristics that are not so good. It is hard to
get any paint to bond and requires a special coating for any painting.
It tends to crack or develop small crazing marks when exposed to
ultraviolet for a few years. In the past it was hard to remove scratches
or repair any sort of damage. It is also very expensive.
Acrylic or Plexiglas as it is sometimes called has very similar
characteristics to a point. You can paint it (although it too
requires a special coating) , it cuts and glues well and it can be
formed using heat. Scratches are easy to fix and the cost is much
less than Lexan.
On the down side, it will brake with impact and that is my main concern.
Although it rarely turns yellow as soon as Lexan, it will eventually
craze and given enough time the crazing will break the pane.
For me, Lexan was the logical choice.
NOTE: Since I first wrote
this page I have discovered that this Lexan with it's UV Coating is good
for more than ten years!!
For more info on
polycarbonate go to this link: