We’ve been selling replacement pontoon fence paneling for twenty years. We originally sold vinyl. It was easy to work with and inexpensive, but we discovered it expanded and contracted in the sun. Consequently it puckered and looked like the picture below in the sun so we stopped carrying it.
Puckered vinyl panel on a fence rebuild
Some older boats had corrugated (textured) fence paneling. Most new boats have smooth paneling. It’s easier to work with and takes more deluxe graphics. Most people rebuilding want the rebuilt boat to look like a new boat not the old. We sold corrugated fence paneling but ran into difficulties shipping it. Once you roll it to ship it has memory and will never lay flat again. The corrugated material isn’t really “stronger”, our smooth panel is .030" thick, if corrugated it is called .032" but the corrugation also makes it much harder to work with. Working replacement panel around corners is the hardest part of the job. Customers complained that with the corrugated they simply could not get it to work in the corners.
Most new boat builders use .030" smooth fence panel, we decided that’s what we should be selling. The real cost in replacing fence paneling is the labor. A couple hundred dollars for material is nothing compared to the time and labor of replacing the paneling. We want you to only have to do it once, not every couple of years. Our Fence Panel ships out via FedEx ground and comes rolled up in a box for ease of use. Orders placed by 2pm Eastern Time ship from our Elkhart, IN facility the same day via FedEx Ground.