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Center Console Bridge Clearance issue

Old 06-22-2019, 09:30 AM
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I'm looking to buy a center console in the 27 ft range. I have a bridge that I need to clear once I'm on the water that gives me between 8 and 10 feet of room depending on the tide. Can anybody recommend a boat of that size that they know that would best suit me? Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-22-2019, 10:03 AM
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Your issue will be with the T-top/Bimini primarily - absent that I think almost all would fit? I have a bridge on our lake that is probably 8 foot of clearance and I have to fold down the sturdy bimini arch on my 18' CC, and it's a LOT smaller. For that size boat, with presumably radar, antennas etc, having a foldable top that can be done by 1-2 people while boat operational is the challenge i would imagine. Presumably a hinged top that can go forward, but not sure if larger CC's offer that.
Some info here from a similar question Center Console Vertical Clearance
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Old 06-22-2019, 10:54 AM
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Just get the channel under the bridge dredged!
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Old 06-22-2019, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Hossharris View Post
Just get the channel under the bridge dredged!
Lol... then he just needs to figure out how to run the boat upside down when going through.


OP, every boat is going to be different. I can tell you from experience behind a bridge that is 8’ that most ttops are right in that range. My Jupiter is actually lower than my previous Everglades 243 and my neighbor’s Sportsman (his is 28, I think). All three have issues at extreme high tides, though. I’m not sure there’s a way to get low top brands without getting them in the water. Even manufacturer’s specs won’t be 100% since equipment like riggers, radars, and lights impact actual clearance.
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Originally Posted by Hossharris View Post
Just get the channel under the bridge dredged!
what?
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Old 06-22-2019, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by willie g View Post
what?
you see, once you dredge under the bridge the boat can sit lower in the water for clearance. I’ve tried it before and it works.



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Old 06-22-2019, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by flyhigh123 View Post

you see, once you dredge under the bridge the boat can sit lower in the water for clearance. I’ve tried it before and it works.



Should he fill the bilge with water to get it to sit lower? Kind of like when trucks lower the air pressure in the rear tires to sit lower for bridge clearance.
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Old 06-22-2019, 12:55 PM
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Question for the OP, where are you that you have only a 2 foot tide swing? Ours run anywhere from 8 to 11 feet, depending on moon phase.
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I've found most boats like 9 feet height in that size. Add a radar, collapsible riggers, vhf, etc nice to have 9.5 / 10 ft.

If you absolutely need one, there are collapsible t tops you may wish to explore, have seen boaters behind low bridges remove the t top and rig the boat with a bimini top instead.
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Old 06-22-2019, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by deerfly View Post
Question for the OP, where are you that you have only a 2 foot tide swing? Ours run anywhere from 8 to 11 feet, depending on moon phase.
SFL. Very small tides. Mostly simplifies docking and lifts, but if you get stuck behind a bridge, even by a few inches, or stuck on a flat, even by a few inches, it can be a long wait for the tide to help.

Personal experience in both circumstances, unfortunately.
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For hundreds of years fishermen lived without T-Tops.
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Originally Posted by Jkcam View Post
For hundreds of years fishermen lived without T-Tops.
The boat model is largely irrelevant to center console 'bridge' clearance height.. It's the t-top height that's relevant. With no t-top you could fit a 40 footer under the bridge.
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Originally Posted by Hossharris View Post
Just get the channel under the bridge dredged!
It’s not a submarine..
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