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Old 09-30-2010, 01:05 PM
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Default T-top, Bimini or Topless?

I will be sea trialing a Sea Hunt BX24 this Saturday and hopefully ordering my own if I like it. I am having a hard time trying to decide if I want the premium hard Ttop with misters and lights which would be really nice plus it comes with another baitwell in the leaning post or will it just get in the way for casting when going after redfish especially with two people fishing. What about a Bimini comes off easy and provides more shade when its on just not as sturdy. Or maybe go topless, nothing to catch wind and save some money. Any good opinions would be appreciated.

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I personally don't like t-tops for the reason of clearance. alot of places i go have low bridges or have to wait for low tide. also seen to many t-top break from stress around the welds that attach to the console. the bolts to the deck come loose and saw biggerholes. thats my gripe about them. I rather have a bimini top just for the shade.
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I had a 2006 18ft Parker with a T-top and a 2008 model 207 sea hunt
with a t-top and they were both great at times, mostly when I wanted
some or all of the curtains up....I decided to sell the sea hunt and get an
older boat so I have a 18ft kencraft...I'm seriously considering getting
the fishmaster folding t-top so I can have the best of both worlds...

There is also a california maker that has a folding t-top that looks good
but can't recall the name right now...

I'm not so much interested in the folding part as I am having the ability
to take the top part off when I want and just using the bimini that
came with the boat....unless there is a great sale at one of the two
t-top makers I will probably wait until spring and install one or the other

I have a guy who has made curtains for three different boats for me
I may ask him if hes run across either of these....he preaches stability
for the t-top when it comes to curtains....
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24 is a decent size boat...I would never think about getting rid of my T-top...I dont fish inshore much though...
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It depends what you do and where you live. I love a T-top because it provides shade, something to hang on to, more rod holders and a place to mount antennas. Itís not a problem for casting spinning or conventional reels with two people. However, T-tops are in the way for fly fishing and if you live up North you may not need the shade as bad as we do in NC and below. IMO biminis get in the way, they are tough to fish around as they are connected to the gunwales and itís not good when your 200 lb buddy tries holding himself up when hanging on to it in the waves.

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My 20' CC has a T top made by CE Smith, Would'nt fish a CC without at least a t top. Biminis just aren't right for it. If you have the coin, go for the hard top, you won't regret it.
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I have a 25 foot Hydra-sport,when I bought it it had no top. I recently had one installed and would never go back. I've had many cc's and wanted to try and fish one (more then once ) without a top and see if I liked having more room or missed the function of the top. Hands down , I didn't last the season without the top.It offers shade both for you and your post/seat, and console instruments, theres no better place to put your anteneas, where do you mount your radar?Then theres rod holders, outrigggers,but most important for me is having a place to mount my lights.We do alot of stripper and shark fishing at night and the t-top center lights and 4 speaders wont go anywhere else. I also run my anchor stern light up there,it doesn't ruin your night vision when it's on the top.Last it offers a solid place to hang on to.
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I have a T Top on my 20' CC and love it, would not change it for the world..
When I get the curtains, It will be that much better.
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Hard T-top if you have the funds for the reasons listed above. This is what I have on a 24 foot and would not have anything else.
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IMO - No t-tops on a bay boat.
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Do not get the hardtop unless you have someone that can wax it regularly. Bird like to crap on shiny things.. You will become a slave to it. Also there are a lot of complaints of plastic tops cracking. I am not pointing in any direction or at any particular brand. Do not get a powder coated ttop. there are a few hundred threads about those too.

There has been a discussion about this topic several times before.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...adar-arch.html

http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...-hard-top.html

I prefer a Bimini in FL and a Ttop in CA. Weather makes the decision for me.. In FL the sun is pretty hot and the Ttp does not cover you unless the sun is directly overhead. The bimini affords better solar protection.
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Here are some pics of that Premium Hard Top that your talking about with the white Powder Coat... My Local Dealer sent me these a few weeks ago.It looks pretty good to me.

I also like having shade in the summer. Eventhough it is a Bay Boat, you still will have plenty of room up front on a 24ft boat for it not to get in the way of casting but gain shelter from the summer heat!

Not to mentioin the rain too...
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I have a canvas T-Top on my Aquasport. Best 2500.00 I spent on the boat. Powder coat looks nice but doesnt last and once it starts to go its over
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T-Top down here in South Fla. Biminis are a pain if you have a fish running around the boat. Or a bunch of schoolie dolphin hanging. Clearing the rod outside the boat and all those supports can get old really fast.
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They also make it without the powder coat as well. He sent me thse pics also. The dealer talked about how powder coat has gotten better but could have been sugar coating the powder coat. haha

I did have questions about the Powder Coat to you all... I have heard some bad reviews of it on THT and it seems to be with any manufacture. My question is, if the Top is anodized first... then apply the powder coat, would that help it not to rust underneath if it ever chips or am i just wishful thinking??

Dont really know much about powder coat, I never had it.
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Keep anodized aluminum clean and it won't rust. There is no way to keep it from scratching. The way i unnerstand it, If it were anodized under powder coating the coating would come off quick.


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Stryker t-tops is the other folding t-top...doorkicker on here has one...looked beefer and nicer than the fishmaster....check doorkicker with a review. I have a bimimi with rocket launchers lights and speakers...any more than 2 people fishing it stinks...great shade.less weight.and cheaper...however when I get the coin a t-top will be going on it.
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Stryker t-tops is the other folding t-top...doorkicker on here has one...looked beefer and nicer than the fishmaster....check doorkicker with a review. I have a Bimini with rocket launchers lights and speakers...any more than 2 people fishing it stinks...great shade.less weight.and cheaper...however when I get the coin a t-top will be going on it.
Would you post some photos please?
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Powder-coat is awesome looking UNTIL IT STARTS COMING OFF (it will). After that... it looks like ghetto shizz.
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I agree with "a few dollars". No t-top on a bay boat. Although shade from the sun is a plus it totally negates what a bay boat is designed to do. There are a few reasons bay boats have low gunnels. The main reason is so that they dont catch the wind. A t-top would parachute the wind and negate that purpose. I guess it depends on how you fish and exactly and what you use it for but its not for me. They sure do look nice with them on there though!!
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