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ARCbob
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:46 am    Post subject: Installing T-Top Reply with quote

I was looking into buying a used T-Top for my 19ft maycraft. I use my boat offshore and want something that will hold up. I found one that will fit and ties into the center console at 2 locations, and attaches to the deck in four.

Is there anything in particular I should look for when I go see it?

Do most T-Tops simply screw into the deck using stainless carraige bolts or is there more to the install than that?
  
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can, through bolt it to the deck. I fought loose screws for far too long. I ended up cutting accesses in the deck and putting aluminum plates on the under side and stainless bolts with loctite. The top used to be unstable and popped screws and shook the entire console and even broke a weld. Now it's tougher than a 2 dollar steak and I can run hard in chop and rough water with no worries.  
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can, through bolt it to the deck. I fought loose screws for far too long. I ended up cutting accesses in the deck and putting aluminum plates on the under side and stainless bolts with loctite. The top used to be unstable and popped screws and shook the entire console and even broke a weld. Now it's tougher than a 2 dollar steak and I can run hard in chop and rough water with no worries.  
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I appreciate it. I thought it might need a backing plate, but I dont have any hatches to get where I would need to install it. Is there anyone who does installs if I bring the Ttop to them?  
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ARCbob wrote:
I appreciate it. I thought it might need a backing plate, but I dont have any hatches to get where I would need to install it. Is there anyone who does installs if I bring the Ttop to them?

Do you have a foam core below deck? I have a 21' skiff which I mounted Fishmaster T-top to floor (4 screws each base plate with 3M 5200) and console (1 anchor point each side). Never had issues and I have had it in rough water offshore and towed at 75 mph many times over past 7 years.
  
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anytime you can through bolt anything on a boat DO IT! It is just a better solution, period.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do have foam core underneath. 5200 is the only answer to a boat made out of wood. Good stuff, the only problem with it is it will never come off, a good problem to have when holding water out.  
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Larry I know youre right. If I tackle it myself I will install hatches and backplate it.  
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ARCbob wrote:
I appreciate it. I thought it might need a backing plate, but I dont have any hatches to get where I would need to install it. Is there anyone who does installs if I bring the Ttop to them?



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