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Old 01-12-2018, 12:16   #1
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Question Leopard cracked Saloon Window(s)

I saw a few Leopard 48 owners comment that their saloon window(s) crack. This may apply to Leopard 44, 48, & 45.


Anyone have the details as to what is going on and which models & years it applies to?
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Re: Leopard cracked Saloon Window(s)

Ask the owners you saw...
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That's what he is asking " he saw them comment on.." did not see the actual boats.
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Re: Leopard cracked Saloon Window(s)

My 2011 Leopard 39 has a crack in the forward starboard saloon window. It was not from a blow to the plexiglass.
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Re: Leopard cracked Saloon Window(s)

Interesting to fold this into the recent thread debating whether those windows are stout enough to withstand heavy wave strikes. Cracking on their own does not generate confidence in my view.

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Interesting to fold this into the recent thread debating whether those windows are stout enough to withstand heavy wave strikes. Cracking on their own does not generate confidence in my view.

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My thoughts as well, Jim; and although we're talking about anecdotal reports, it doesn't feel anecdotal to me. If it's an issue across a spectrum of vessels of the Leopard line, perhaps the cause is as simple as their factory installation protocol or their plexiglass templates, rather than an engineering design flaw of the coach roofs/masts. I will be informing Robertson and Caine of this issue; but in a practical vein, I'll have the pane replaced to industry specs at my next haul-out and see if the problem recurs.
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Re: Leopard cracked Saloon Window(s)

Before this conversation takes too much for granted, can the OP list the thread(s) where the owners made those comments? Id be interested in reading them since were shopping for one, and I must have missed those threads; I dont see them in my research notes.

Please share the link with us.

Thanks and wet regards from Md :-(
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Before this conversation takes too much for granted, can the OP list the thread(s) where the owners made those comments? Id be interested in reading them since were shopping for one, and I must have missed those threads; I dont see them in my research notes.

Please share the link with us.

Thanks and wet regards from Md :-(
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I just found links I copied on a 2008 with small seam cracks on a fwd and side window attributed to expansion, and a 2011 that had a similar issue with a fwd window.

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Re: Leopard cracked Saloon Window(s)

I can't recall were I read about the issue, it may have been these two:



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Re: Leopard cracked Saloon Window(s)

Looks like R&C may have under spec'd/poorly designed their windows.

Who'd have thought that a manufacturer, building boats for the charter market, would cut a corner and try and save costs somewhere! I mean, it's inconceivable! Certainly would never happen on a mono! Bloody cat builders!

If it's a bad design it's just another engineering problem to solve. Engineers/NAs do this for a living.

If it's under spec'd or a faulty product (glue, whatever) is an even simpler problem to fix.

Either way, its a chat to the builder or, a better option, is finding someone with no financial ties to the builder who runs them. A second tier charter company will know the boats inside and out and don't buy the boats from R&C directly.

If the boat's in the warranty period it's an even easier fix.
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Re: Leopard cracked Saloon Window(s)

If you have concerns about the strength of the plexiglass windows, I suggest perhaps upgrading to polycarbonate.

Reference video to reveal the distinctions in impact resistance. https://coloradoplastics.com/polycar...crylic-lucite/

For civility sake, now having watched the above referenced video lets not begin a departure of this thread as to a discussion of whether it is better to use a hand gun or a shot gun to shoot out a polycarbonate window.

Note polycarbonate will scratch a bit easier than acrylic / plexiglass but you will not be able to bust polycarbonate.

I noted this article regarding leaking of the salon side windows on Leopards.
Snipet there from: Rebedding The Salon Windows...or Not
". . . it was time to get one of my bigger projects started. Leopard catamarans have a near 100% failure rate on the sealing of the salon side windows on most of their boats, and mine was no exception." This Rat Sailed: Rebedding The Salon Windows...or Not
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I noted this article regarding leaking of the salon side windows on Leopards.
Snipet there from: Rebedding The Salon Windows...or Not
". . . it was time to get one of my bigger projects started. Leopard catamarans have a near 100% failure rate on the sealing of the salon side windows on most of their boats, and mine was no exception." This Rat Sailed: Rebedding The Salon Windows...or Not
There are several YouTube episodes from Gone with the Wynns where they are rebedding/resealing salon windows on their 43. In the latest one they changed things up a bit. Leopard paints the interior of the plex on the edge before installation to hide the sealant. If there are any air gaps or bubbles in the rather wide sealant application, it would show through if not for this masking paint. But it appears that the paint is causing the failure. Either the sealant separates from the paint, or the paint from the window.

In either case, the Wynn's solution was to coat the interior edge with a thin glaze of sealant, then bed sealant to sealant. Hopefully this works.

My FP has the masking paint on the exterior, and I believe Lagoon does as well.
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There are several YouTube episodes from Gone with the Wynns where they are rebedding/resealing salon windows on their 43. In the latest one they changed things up a bit. Leopard paints the interior of the plex on the edge before installation to hide the sealant. If there are any air gaps or bubbles in the rather wide sealant application, it would show through if not for this masking paint. But it appears that the paint is causing the failure. Either the sealant separates from the paint, or the paint from the window.

In either case, the Wynn's solution was to coat the interior edge with a thin glaze of sealant, then bed sealant to sealant. Hopefully this works.

My FP has the masking paint on the exterior, and I believe Lagoon does as well.
Since it would be interesting to hear both sides Ive shared your evaluation with Leopard and am awaiting a response; will post when received.

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Since it would be interesting to hear both sides Ive shared your evaluation with Leopard and am awaiting a response; will post when received.

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Here's the latest window vid from them

https://youtu.be/qJgHjRUJytw
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Here's the latest window vid from them

https://youtu.be/qJgHjRUJytw
Yep I’ve seen them all. A few other owners with 12-13 year old boats sitting in the Caribbean sun had some similar issues. Wasn’t paint - i think it was the Sika they used, which they no longer do. My 2004 portlights were put in in the same way and leaked.

No doubt, if you’re troubled and think it’s only a Leopard issue, I’d certainly look for something else. That said, I was always an FP fan; the Orana was high on our list. They’re have water issues at the base of the mast. It’s always something.

We’ll see what they say.
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