Crash Pads

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Crash Pads

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I was ordering my upholstery over the weekend and the upholstery guy asked me, "where were the seams were on the crash pads?". I didn't know so I did some research. Turns out there were center pieces in the crash pad next to the steps on the coverboards that overlapped the upholstery on each side. We guessed that the thinking was that if they were damaged by getting in and out of the boat, that section could be easily replaced. Also, seems that it would be easier to install the upholstery in 4 pieces rather that one with a seam. (for you guys doing it yourself).
Picture below, you might have to enlarge to see what I am talking about.
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Jim,you do not need seams unless you are using real leather. I have some pictures on my build link http://home.metrocast.net/~bcheckerberr ... ses.html#3 if you want to see the process.
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Here's a good video on installing crashpads.
Jim

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Making the crash pad with pleat-less curves was beyond my capabilities so I incorporated the seams into pleats. I wanted to make it better but the persuit of perfection was impeding progress.
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Matt: I think the problem is, you have the top of your crash pad above the deck. The one in the video is even with the top of the deck. They are covering a 180 degree piece. You are covering 270 degrees at least. Yours will never make the turn without pleating. I think you did an excellent job.
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Looks like the radius may be larger too. I think yours look great!
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DrBryanJ wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:51 am
Matt: I think the problem is, you have the top of your crash pad above the deck. The one in the video is even with the top of the deck. They are covering a 180 degree piece. You are covering 270 degrees at least. Yours will never make the turn without pleating. I think you did an excellent job.
Bryan,
You are exactly right, I didn’t have a 2” wide flat surface to mount against. Mine is grabbing the decking all the way around.
Matt

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