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Old 06-10-2019, 15:12   #1
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New Leopards - Rain running onto cushions - glass fix?

Iím dreaming but one day hope to have a new Leopard.

Iíve chartered the new style and one annoyance I have is that the cockpit roof drips rain onto the flat mould at back of seats and then runs onto the cushions. It could so easily be avoided by a small lip in the mould at the cushions... dribbles would run to stern then.

So knowing nothing of glassing... would it be hard to cut into gel coat in line at edge and insert a small wooden baton then glass over and gel coat? Would it ever match?

Any Leopard owners telling the factory about this problem? Thanks for any thoughts.
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Re: New Leopards - Rain running onto cushions - glass fix?

You would probably be better off just using a prefabricated piece of metal or plastic. Perhaps some small angle piece would do it. No glassing needed and you could be done in hours instead of days.
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You would probably be better off just using a prefabricated piece of metal or plastic. Perhaps some small angle piece would do it. No glassing needed and you could be done in hours instead of days.


Excellent suggestion but I imagine that could cause a risk of minor injury given itís a likely lounging and transit area. The angled and radius edge of a glassed in raised lip wouldnít injure anyone.

Itís such an obvious irritant (and easy fix in their moulding) that itís a real surprise to me the problem exists.
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So knowing nothing of glassing... would it be hard to cut into gel coat in line at edge and insert a small wooden baton then glass over and gel coat? Would it ever match?

Any Leopard owners telling the factory about this problem? Thanks for any thoughts.

Any thoughts folks? Modern Leopard owners... do you have this irritation? Any glass experts able to say how feasible a ridge would be?

Thanks for any thoughts.
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Re: New Leopards - Rain running onto cushions - glass fix?

How about making your ridge from wood and just gluing (and perhaps in addition screwing) it in place? I am a fan of double sided outdoor tape for such non load bearing additions nowadays, no drilling of holes and it can be removed completely and converted back to original with little work. Teak may well last a decade or even longer before you have to renew it - without maintenance.

Somebody good at GF and gel coat work will surely be able to do the modification you suggest, but it will need someone good at it for the whole thing to look good. And it will take him a few hours on and off while the resins harden.
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How about making your ridge from wood and just gluing (and perhaps in addition screwing) it in place? I am a fan of double sided outdoor tape for such non load bearing additions nowadays, no drilling of holes and it can be removed completely and converted back to original with little work. Teak may well last a decade or even longer before you have to renew it - without maintenance.

Somebody good at GF and gel coat work will surely be able to do the modification you suggest, but it will need someone good at it for the whole thing to look good. And it will take him a few hours on and off while the resins harden.

Excellent suggestion. Thanks. In fact maybe a merge of the two ideas? Make a glass ridge separately and leave an underside channel to fit in double sided tape. Line of silicon under it and itís on, looking like glass, redirecting water... and can be removed if necessary.
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