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Old 23 March 2006, 16:10   #1
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Ply or glass?

Need to make up 2 removable 2man jockey seats for the front of my RIB. Will marine ply be too heavy? Is it really worth going to the extra bother of making a mould?

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Codprawn, you have a very classy looking RIB what with the blue tubes and teak effect deck I think it would be a shame to spoil it with a couple of home made jockey consoles in the front. Unless of course you could make them to a really high standard. I would drop an email to leeway composites, his consoles are very reasonably priced.

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EDIT, under products 295 each, he might even do you a deal if you buy two and what with the interest your boat will get on the water the legendary long awaited Codcraft it would be good advertising!!
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Yes like the back ones but slightly shorter.

I want them to look exactly the same - jut don't want to pay through the nose for them.

They are a very simple shape - wouldn't attempt anything else!!!
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Seriously give leeway a shout codders-he's half the price of anywhere else if you deal direct with him and he can colourmatch them too. I've got one of his 2-man jockey console seat units and I'd happily use him again.
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first of all, apologies for the typos in this message, i've had a few beers

leeway is a good chap codders and he'll be happy to help/discuss.

As a side note...a plywood panel of a certain tthickness is lighter and stiffer than an equivalent thivknsss of glass (i think, you might want to check this) this is why a lot of those hydroplane jonbbies are made of ply.

I have (half) made madfe console of glass covered ply and i reckon its quite a lot lighter than a full glass equivalent. you could get a pro finish your self if you had the time to invest but leeway can get it top notch.

Alternatively talk to those irish chaps who (one of them is called tim) who made a mould for some jockeys...you could negotiate a deal there i'm sure

hope that maes some sort of sense.

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Yes loads - will speak to Leeway but fancy having a bash myself - unless he is REALLY cheap!!!
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re: seats

It may be better to buy from an experienced seat builder, no doubt you could do your own, but looking at time involvement, cost of materials, etc. and factoring in potential errors as a first time effort, your energies may be better spent on other goals you have for your boat. I don't know how much experience you have fabricating seats Codprawn, so of course my opinion may not be valid.
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It may be better to buy from an experienced seat builder, no doubt you could do your own, but looking at time involvement, cost of materials, etc. and factoring in potential errors as a first time effort, your energies may be better spent on other goals you have for your boat. I don't know how much experience you have fabricating seats Codprawn, so of course my opinion may not be valid.

None at all but am pretty good with fibreglass and engineering. What I am totally useless at is anything freehand - I have no artistic talent of any kind at all - so stright lines are great but any carving or shaping you can forget!!!
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