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10-19-2006, 11:24 PM
I have a 21' express style boat and would like to add curtains to my existing soft top.
What is the approximate cost to either buy one ready-made or have one made up in a canvas shop?
Thanks in advance.
10-20-2006, 08:55 AM
We have Amish shops up in Erie--- a small hand full of Ben Franklins will get a lot of Canvas and work is great!
10-20-2006, 10:21 AM
Thanks for the info.
Erie PA or WV? If PA, that's not too far, since I'm in Baltimore every week.
How many Ben Franklins do you figure? $500-$1000? $1000-$1500? $1500-$2000?
10-20-2006, 10:23 AM
My dealer charged $1,600 for three-sided Strataglass enclosure with U-zips.
10-20-2006, 10:31 AM
folding ''bimini'' top w/ 4-sided eisenglass enclosure-$1800...shop around for quality work...
10-20-2006, 01:42 PM
Eyehooker, Do you have any phone numbers or shop names in the NE ohio area that can do the work.
10-20-2006, 03:13 PM
Thanks, guys. Was just trying to get an appxoximate cost. I'm attempting to make it myself, and want to know how much cash I'm saving/wasting, depending on how it turns out. Will post the results, both short and long term.
10-20-2006, 03:19 PM
You miss that Grady already don't ya :grin:
10-20-2006, 08:31 PM
But this beater boat is giving me something to focus on. :)
10-20-2006, 08:34 PM
Thill, whats the beater boat?
10-20-2006, 08:44 PM
I'll give you a hint what it is...Everyone hates them on here...and everyone hates the power it has...(except those people who actually own them or have owned them).
10-20-2006, 08:55 PM
depending on grade vinyl and fabrics. about $1200 - $1800 front window with center opening, 2 side panels and rear enclosure with center roll up door ans canvas lower half. cost would vary from 40 guage vinyl to strataglass barrett bonded windows ect.
10-20-2006, 09:31 PM
Would love to see some do it yourself pictures- I am going to make my own as well this spring, being an electrician I can bend all the pipes with ease, I just need to find some close up photos of the "custom" built ones everyone buys. Good luck!
10-20-2006, 10:50 PM
Tony, saw it on the other board. Nice work for a first try. I'm sure it'll be another fish catching machine.
10-20-2006, 11:14 PM
Hey Paul, why don't you shoot across the lake into Port Dover Ont. to have a top made? Dollar for dollar you'll spend the same money, just you'll have that exchange rate working for yah. :thumbsup:
10-21-2006, 01:29 AM
Airslot - Thill, whats the beater boat?
The same as a beater car... The old car that you keep around and don't worry about locking. The one you don't worry about waxing, but actually USE. :D
Airslot - Tony, saw it on the other board. Nice work for a first try. I'm sure it'll be another fish catching machine.
I intentionally didn't put much time or money into it. (approx 10 hours, and less than $200) Now that I think about it, I wish I'd gone to the next thicker vinyl and put more time into making it pretty. It will work just fine, but I guess it's a pride thing...
10-21-2006, 10:16 AM
Where can I see photos? Would love to take a look at it!
10-22-2006, 04:42 PM
Does anyone have photos of their enclosures?