Hard Top?

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Hard Top?

Postby Padden » Sat May 24, 2008 3:57 pm

Has anyone put a hardtop on the flybridge of an MV 34? Are there weight issues? Thanks.

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Re: Hard Top?

Postby duetto » Sat May 24, 2008 11:26 pm

hi,

i helped a friend install one on a 30' trojan. i think it could work if you get someone to make one and keep the weight under control. the mounting system would work well on a pdq.
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Re: Hard Top?

Postby Expatriate » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:02 am

I am having a hardtop built by Atlantic Towers. They have built them for the PDQ 34 before once or twice. Anyway, Atlantic Towers can build the hard top to fit the boat without even seeing the boat. They claim that my top will weight about 200 lbs. I think that is pretty light. I expected it to be maybe 300 lbs.

I will not have a notch for the mast. I will remove the mast and put all that stuff on the hardtop. It comes with a built in cable run and a reinforced spot for mounting Radar.

My problem is that I cannot find anyone to help install it. Atlantic Towers has a list of installers on their website. One of them is St. Lucie Marine. I have called them three times. They always say they will call back, but never have. I do not, as yet, have a delivery date. I am running around looking for an installer, but I get a lot of blank looks.

If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them.

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Re: Hard Top?

Postby duetto » Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:08 pm

there is a diy yard in manatee pocket. the name escapes me. something like J&R. they are at extreme south end of the pocket. they will provide labor for a price. give them a call.
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Re: Hard Top?

Postby SecondWind » Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:41 am

Take a look at www.http://hardtotop.com

Fits on the existing Bimini framework.
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Re: Hard Top?

Postby Expatriate » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:39 am

We hauled to boat for the annual bottom job. We decided to leave the props as they are. The only thing was to install the new hardtop! The Atlantic Towers top is about 10 feet by about 11 feet and weighs less than 200 pounds. Three guys can pick it up easily. They save weight by making the fiberglass quite thin, but make use of a goodly number of ribs underneath. The welding is possibly the best I have seen in a while. The package consists of four major pieces: the top, two side supports, and two forward supports.

I built a scaffold on the fly bridge, basically two large saw horses with connection between and a lot of bracing. A lot of measuring was needed to get the distance above the deck correct to give 6'4" headroom at the lowest center point. Then the forklift from the yard just plopped it up there and it fit perfectly. I was sure a lot of shimming and modifications would be next, but the thing fit perfectly.

We never found and installer so we asked a local yacht services company to send a guy over just to have another body. He never showed. Figures. My wife and I installed the side supports. We were worried, but they fit like a glove. We will install the remaining supports in the marina. I have attached a picture, but it was tricky. Might have to redo it.
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Re: Hard Top?

Postby Wbr2974 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:16 am

Very nice job.. Looks great.
Will not be showing this to the admiral or I'm sure I'll be calling Atlantic towers myself..
I keep thinking about all those beautiful solar panels that could go up there.....

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Re: Hard Top?

Postby Gusto » Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:14 pm

Has anyone tried the Hard-to-top? They estimated $2300 for my boat using existing bimini bows. Not bad.

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