Sails & Canvas

Regular protection will prevent dirt buildup and sheet water away. Our five-year-test did not offer a sure indication of UV protection, since none of the panels showed significant UV deterioration.

Long-term Clear Vinyl Protection

Cold and humidity take their toll at 5 years.

When the clear vinyl on one of our multihull test boats began to crack and fade after approximately 10 years, the costs estimates for window replacement began at around $1,500. Thus began our investigation into ways to prolong the life of clear plastics. In previous issues we’ve reported findings at the six-month and two-year marks. Here, we present a last look at products and best practices to preserve clear plastics, and the five-year performance of four popular types of clear plastic in the marine environment.

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