windows /A54 (toughened glass -vs- acrylic/polycarbonate)

David Vogel


When our SM was last surveyed (insurance requirement), the surveyor noted some scratching and beginning crazing, and suggested I consider clear toughened glass as a replacement to either Polycarbonate or Acrylic, for both the side and forward windscreens. It may be that this is just the local (Kiwi) preference, as most of the work-boats have glass, but it got me thinking ...

Does anyone have more knowledge or experience with this "upgrade" path?


SM#396, Perigee

From: <> on behalf of Ulrich Michael Dangelmeyer <ulrich.dangelmeyer@...>
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Date: Wednesday, 13 July 2022 at 1:38 am
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Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] windows /A54

Hi Bill, Dirk and Ruedi
THX for experienced recommendations, I looking for an professional lasercutter and will decide for acrylic glass. Dirk your advice with SVB sounds pragmatic, so end of saison I will take the stuff to them.
Fair winds chaps!
SY Soleil Bleu/ A54#088.

Am 11.07.2022 um 21:50 schrieb Bill Kinney <cruisingconsulting@...>:

Anything over about 12 years, and these windows are getting difficult.  They are not very special.  I’d suggest that you stick with Daniel. Acrylic is much more scratch and UV resistant. Most plastic supply houses have the ability to supply and mill these for you.  The easiest way is to take them the existing windows and have them duplicated. They should be able to quote a price just based on basic dimensions and a photo.  I would hesitate to have them made from someone else’s template. Having them made locally can save a LOT on shipping such big and heavy items.

I would also suggest you avoid any kind of tinting and stick with clear.  As nice as the darker windows are in the bright sun, for me they reduce visibility at night so much I would not have them on my boat.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Port Louis, Grenada