Water entry between top and windshield

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Water entry between top and windshield

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I know many of you enjoy taking your boat into the ocean and on occasion the weather isn't friendly, hoping you have some advice.
During the last few fishing trips the ocean has been lumpy, wind waves and swell, every once in a while I hit a wave and water comes
over the bow (I try to miss those ones, sometimes it just happens) or lots of spray drives water between the soft top and the windshield
giving me and the electronics a salt water shower.

I discovered the snap at the area the windshield door opens was undone, although snapping it helped, it didn't solve the problem.

Anyone else experience this? Other than not going out, did you find a way to solve or minimize water entry?
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Re: Water entry between top and windshield

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I have not experienced this, I feel like my ST keeps the water out pretty well. I took a few good ones over the front and only got a few drops. And it may be because the zipper wasn't down all the way.

With all the seems on a ST, I would think some leaks/drops should be expected.
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Re: Water entry between top and windshield

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I agree the top does a great job keeping me dry in most situations, a drop or two isn't an issue either.

It's those "oh my gosh" I didn't see that wave coming or the wind carrying mist from just the right direction moments.
Nothing I cant live with, just curious if anyone else experiences it and may have a solution.
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Sure have, ours has done this since new. Problem on ours is the snap is too far away from the edge of the door and I get water in when raining, taking waves, or towing during inclement weather. The solution is to add another snap closer to the edge of the window frame so it closes the gap.
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Re: Water entry between top and windshield

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SilverFox wrote: Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:26 pm Sure have, ours has done this since new. Problem on ours is the snap is too far away from the edge of the door and I get water in when raining, taking waves, or towing during inclement weather. The solution is to add another snap closer to the edge of the window frame so it closes the gap.
Bingo....a good quality snap tool and kit are a good thing to have. I've added snaps at key points and it does help. However, when that blue water comes over the bow, (bad dope), and over the windshield, and then on top of the canvas, it not only gets my attention, but I get water dripping thru the all the zippers.
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Re: Water entry between top and windshield

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I just keep a towel handy to stuff into the offending crack in the armor. My Achilles heel is the starboard side of the center window where all the snaps and zippers meet. Yet another argument for a hardtop.
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I have this issue as well, top is still in good shape, despite being well used. I had my seams on the canvas re-stitched, sealed the seams underneath, and replaced the foam tape on the top exterior of the windscreen. That all helped a lot, but still a few drops getting through under the right conditions. I’ve wondered if replacing the foam tape with a soft rubber type of gasket at the top of the windscreen would not be even better yet?
Something like the rubber around a car door, but profiled so that it could adhere to the top corner of the windscreen frame, and sized so that the canvas top can still stretch over top. I’m certain there is a product out there like this, just haven’t found it yet.
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Re: Water entry between top and windshield

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Here's another leak source I cannot fix...
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Close-up...

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This issue was corrected on later production models but there's no way to resolve the sealing issue at the double step on our ProV.
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Re: Water entry between top and windshield

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Weatherstripping?

My door rattled pretty bad, couldn’t find a way to adjust the latch. Added a strip of self adhering weatherstripping to the top and shut it right up. Been there almost 2 years now.

May not seal it completely but I would imagine it would help. There are many different types, I’d think some would work better than others.
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I've tried Nate, didn't work. I just lay an old towel on the bow step if we're out in wet conditions.
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