Spoiler alert: the answer to the question "Should I tint my boat windows" is... yes. Yes you should. We've explained why it's a good idea to get marine window tint to residents of Jupiter, FL for years, and we're always happy to talk about boat window tint in Jupiter in person, it seemed like a good idea to also write about all the benefits of boat window tinting so people living beyond this lovely stretch of Florida's southern Atlantic coast could hear our take on things.
Because after all, even well beyond Jupiter, Florida boat window tinting is a critical step if you want to enjoy and protect your vessel.Many people have the misconception that window tinting for boats is only about privacy. While marine window tint film can certainly enhance the privacy of a cabin cruiser, yacht, sailboat, or anything else on the water, enhanced privacy is actually more of a fringe benefit than a core benefit of marine tinting. The real benefits of boat tinting have more to do with something people who live in Florida know all about: the sunshine.
When sunlight enters the cabin of your boat, its invisible UV rays can cause fading and cracking that will leave the interior looking worn and unappealing and that can greatly reduce the value of your prized boat. Interior UV damage includes discolored wood, carpeting, and upholstery, cracked consoles and faded hardware, and damage to any photos or decorations inside the boat. And as UV light is also harmful to your skin, prolonged exposure to this pernicious type of light can also lead to ailments including skin cancer.
Also invisible are the sun's IR (or infrared) rays. IR light is the warmest part of the spectrum of sunlight, and is responsible for most of the warmth you feel inside a boat's cabin. That built up heat can make a boat's interior unpleasant or even unsafe, and can cause damage to electronics and other items aboard the vessel, especially when it sits at anchor or at the dock baking in persistent sunshine, something quite common in Jupiter, FL. Boat window tinting can block much of the sun's IR light, reducing interior warming, maintaining a cool and comfortable cabin, and protecting sensitive components of the boat against heat damage. By maintaining a cooler cabin temperature, you also reduce the strain put on the boat's HVAC system.
Tinting a boat's windows is also a matter of safe operation. When you tint a boat's windshield, you reduce the glare of the sunlight that can otherwise impair your ability to see the water ahead of you. Whether reflecting off the waves, angled in during sunrise or sunset, or simply beaming down brightly on a cloudless day, sunshine can have a dramatic and dangerous effect on your ability to see clearly, therefore making it harder for you to safely control your boat. Window tinting for boats can also help protect your night vision by reducing the glare of shore lights when you're cruising close to land after sunset.
We also tell our Jupiter, FL marine window tint customers about the safety and security enhancement offered by window tint for boats. When you apply window film to your boat's windows, whether it's yacht tint or window film for a small cabin cruiser or a boat used for commercial purposes, you protect the interior of your vessel against burglary and against damage. By greatly reinforcing the glass against shattering, marine window film can stop would be thieves who were planning to enter the vessel through a broken window, protecting your property from burglary -- and even from a thief intent on stealing the boat itself! And by creating a shatter resistant barrier, boat window tint can protect your cabin's interior during storms, too, as the glass won't break apart even if struck by windblown debris. That can prevent water damage and physical interior damage that could cost hundreds or thousands to repair.
So yes, boat window tint will increase the privacy of your boat, but that's hardly the most notable aspect of marine tinting. And while many boaters love the look of darkened windows created by tinting boat glass, in fact if you don't want the windows of your boat to look different or if you are concerned about laws and regulations surrounding boat window tinting, then you can enjoy most of the benefits of marine window film in clear films that won't darken the glass at all.
Clear window tint for boats can still block 99% of the sun's ultraviolet light and can dramatically reduce heat build up from infrared light, too. And clear boat window film even reduces some of the glare of visible sunlight and greatly reinforces the strength of the glass, providing the same protection against break in attempts or damage caused by a storm or an accident.