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Old 31-12-2013, 10:16   #1
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Leopard 38' Enclosure

I am currently purchasing a 99' Leopard 38' cat with an aftermarket hardtop and no dodger as that went away with the bimini originally on the vessel. Wondering if anyone has done a full enclosure for one of the Leopards? Looks like with the arch configuration and hardtop it would lend itself to a not too complicated enclosure.
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Old 31-12-2013, 10:57   #2
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Re: Leopard 38' Enclosure

We just put a full enclosure on our 2007 Leopard 40. It wasn't terribly comicated but good materials are expensive. We wanted all glass so we still had full visibility but all will roll up for breezes and have velcro in screens for all windows. I attached a pic but if I take one off the boat I will post it too. Click image for larger version

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Old 31-12-2013, 11:03   #3
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Re: Leopard 38' Enclosure

ShaktiGurl, wow that enclosure looks beautiful. I guess you had it made in Florida. I will have my vessel in Florida also, but have been contemplating trying to sew my own enclosure based on the information in the DVD from Sailrite. I figure with what I might save sewing it myself I could probably pay for the sewing machine and some of the materials and be ahead of the game for future projects.
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Re: Leopard 38' Enclosure

We tried sewing one ourselves (bimini and dodger) for our little monohull and it is a lot more difficult than it looks! Plus we weren't as knowledgable about materials. The curves are difficult to get right and fit well. So we hired a professional who had the knowledge and proper space and tools to do this. I think there were 13 separate pieces. We could have never done this ourselves and would have ruined a lot of expensive materials.
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Old 31-12-2013, 11:22   #5
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Might you be able to give me an idea how much this cost having a professional do the job?
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Re: Leopard 38' Enclosure

You will probably choke as I did, but it was a little over 13k. It took about 6 weeks. A full sheet of this "glass" which is the size of that back window is 1k. It fits like a glove though, zips apart, each window will roll up and has its own screen. It made an entire new room doubling the size of our upstairs living space. We adapted the outside cockpit table to go down and make a large lounge area that can fit 3. Next up is a roll down screen and pocket projector for movie night, w00t!
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Old 31-12-2013, 11:32   #7
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Re: Leopard 38' Enclosure

Hiker did you get a survey yet on yours or close already??
Our 01 Leopard 38 has a full enclosure w/the hardtop. There are aluminum channels that the bases with the sunbrella slide into on all 4 sides and then the it zippers to the bases at the top and a few snaps at the bottom,. Ill try to take pics this week. Were replacing a few pieces ourselfs , we have a big sailrite, Having the patterns makes it easier to make up the parts. Once you get yours let us know and we can lend you a piece at a time since youll be close lol. Well be making shade covers from the Tan shade material Home Depot sells. Its on our other cat and has lasted 5+ years still looks new and easy to sew and snap.

Shaktigirl did you guys use Stratoglass?
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Re: Leopard 38' Enclosure

Great picture! And very nice enclosure!
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Old 31-12-2013, 15:31   #10
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Yes, I agree nice photo/enclosure. Dulcesuenos, since we are both Florida boats and Shaktigirl too perhaps we should form an informal affiliation for mutual benefit. I would be very interested in being able to borrow your patterns for your enclosure as it should be identical to my 38' I believe. I will be flying to NJ Jan. 7 for the survey and as much as I hate to I will be leaving Lu Cat(current name) on the hard until early May when I will travel again to NJ to splash her and eventually return to Florida after hurricane season. It is just too COLD to attempt to sail south to FL this time of the year. I would love to see any photos from either of you showing details of what you did to make your enclosures work best for you. Thank you for your replies and please let's stay in touch. I know of one other individual who was seriously considering Cats Paws in Key West as a purchase so there is another potential comrade so to speak.
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