Frame Finish Anodising – anodised finish is the most durable and hard wearing finish for aluminium in the marine environment. Colour options are silver, black or gold.
Powder Coatings – the aluminium is pre-treated with a special primer before the powder coat finish is applied, this allows us to colour co-ordinate the window frames to the vessel aesthetic design. Standard colours are black and white, however any colour with a RAL number is available.
Radius or Mitred Corners Radius corners – generally used in a marine environment as they give a much stronger window shape and avoid weak spots in the vessel structure. Joints in the window frame are generally made on the vertical sides of the window to give the joint maximum protection and strength. There are a wide range of sizes of radius corner, please see the technical section for details.
Mitred corners – this is a sharp angled corner. The corner can be cut at any angle to suit the styling of the boat. Mitred joints are traditionally a much weaker joint than a butt joint on a radius corner window, so wherever possible we weld the mitre joints together and form a butt joint on the vertical side of the window. A window can have a mixture of radius and mitred corners.
Bolt On Frames The boat structure is drilled to allow a fastening to pass through the window frame, then into whatever the window is being attached to. The heads of the fastenings are visible, although they are usually finished off on the inside with a separate trim. These frames offer the most flexibility in terms of radii available as they are generally lighter frames and can be manipulated more easily.
Clamp On Frames These are the more modern style of frame where the inner frame is mechanically attached to the outer frame. There are no external fastenings, all the fastenings are inside the cabin and none of the fastenings pierce the structure. This makes the windows very easy and quick to install, as well as eliminating potential leaks through the fastening holes, or creating the opportunity of corrosion around the fastening holes, a particular problem on steel vessels.
Direct Bond Windows Direct bond windows are stuck into the boat structure without a frame. To protect the bonding material from UV degradation and for aesthetic reasons the edge of the glass must be screen printed with a solid black band which is fired into the surface of the glass.
Direct Bond Opening Windows To compliment the direct bonded windows, we can offer hinged or sliding window opening options that continue the frameless appearance of direct bonded glass. Also black framed portlights on hatches can be glued to the direct bonded glass if preferred.
Toughened Glass We predominately use toughened glass due to the benefits of strength, scratch & UV resistance.
Plastic Glazing Acrylics or polycarbonates are available and these are used where there is considerable curvature present or where there is a high chance of the window being subjected to a large impact from something other than water. All plastic glazing is relatively easy to scratch, polycarbonate more so than acrylic, and both will suffer from UV degradation and need periodic replacement.
Specialist Glazing We also offer specialist glazing such as electrically heated toughened glass, bullet resistant glass, double glazed units, toughened laminated glass, heat strengthened glass.
The Houdini marine heavy duty door is perfect for offshore vessels operating in harsh environments and where a high degree of weather tightness is required. The boat door is robust yet lightweight and practical; all fittings and fixtures have been carefully selected to ensure long-term trouble free operation.
Each door is designed and manufactured specifically to meet your operational requirements.
Doors employ clamp frame technology which requires no drilling of the vessels structure, ensuring very quick and easy installation
Joints in the frame are welded for extra strength
Door panels are made from a GRP/foam composite with aluminium frame for stiffness, durability and excellent strength to weight ratio – essential in todays HSLC requirements
Top quality stainless steel mortice locks and handles
Cast stainless steel hinge bodies with phosphor bronze hinge pins
Double synthetic rubber seals to ensure security and weather tightness
The standard fixing frame will fit structures up to 25mm thick – thicker structures on request
Outward opening only
Fixed or opening framed window
Half-glazed door incorporating a fixed glass panel in the top of the door
Mitre or radius corners (with an aperture corner radius of 100mm)
Independently operated dog handles
Single lever operated 3 dog handle closing system (see below)
The number and positions of hinges, dog handles and locks can be specified according to size and location of the door and degree of weather tightness required
Heavy duty hold-backs to secure door in the open position
Locks can be keyed alike
Wheelchair friendly thresholds available on request
The world renowned and instantly recognisable Houdini deck hatch has been in production for over fifty years.
Our hatches are robustly constructed using quality materials and are fitted with toughened glass. When compared to acrylic glazing, used in most deck hatches, toughened glass will not scratch as easily or suffer UV degradation.
With an above deck height of a mere 25mm these hatches are extremely streamlined and cause minimum obstruction on the deck.
Our standard hatches are silver anodised, however frames can also be black or gold anodised, or powder coated to a specific colour.
For over 50 years, Houdini Marine Windows Ltd have been designing and developing cutting-edge products, using state-of-the-art technology. Highly satisfied clients from many different industries have commissioned us to deliver innovative, quality and aesthetically stylistic windows and doors. We have produced successful glazing solutions for:
Significant investment was made in a 3D design drawing package that we customised to suit our product portfolio. This allows us to enter window/door dimensions and automatically generate drawings for the factory, glass suppliers and customers who require cutting patterns.
Houdini are proud of our speciality in tailoring aluminium framed windows, doors and hatches to customers specific requirements.
We are famously renowned for our unique Houdini Super 50 Deck Hatch. Thanks to the distinctive aluminium bars protecting the glass, the Houdini hatch is instantly identifiable in most of the worlds marinas.