Boat Maintenance

We tested five products for the ability to quickly repair cracked plastic windows, such as those found in canvas cockpit enclosures.

Quick Fixes for Clear Plastic

Tapes and glues offer affordable short-term fixes for windows.

Clear vinyl windows are a miracle when they are new, allowing sailors to have an outdoor experience while keeping rain and spray at a distance. As they age, however, yellowing, stiffening, and cracking set in as the plasticizer that keeps them supple begins to deplete. The right fix is new vinyl, but in the meantime we need a quick fix, something fast, easy, and good enough to get us to the end of the cruise or season.

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