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Old 04-13-2016, 06:34 AM   #1
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Default 18' CC: T-top vs. bimini vs nothing

What does everyone think for this boat?

I like the look of the t-top but would also consider a bimini. Mostly staying in Plymouth bay but with 3 kids on we will need some shade.
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I would vote t-top. A little less shade but it looks better and stays out of the way. By old 19' had a bimini. Very closed in feeling. Didn't like to run fast with it up. Kinda in the way when up or down. Bimini will cost a lot less.

I like my t top much better.
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I would vote t-top. A little less shade but it looks better and stays out of the way. By old 19' had a bimini. Very closed in feeling. Didn't like to run fast with it up. Kinda in the way when up or down. Bimini will cost a lot less.

I like my t top much better.
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I would vote t-top. A little less shade but it looks better and stays out of the way. By old 19' had a bimini. Very closed in feeling. Didn't like to run fast with it up. Kinda in the way when up or down. Bimini will cost a lot less.

I like my t top much better.
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Had each on 18' CC and the t top provides sun shelter, additional storage (rod holders tea bag, electronics box, etc.), is more secure, doesn't get in the way when folded, provides additional hand rails to grab and you can clamp drink holders and other accessories to the rails. Bimini tops are a lot less $.
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I vote T-Top. Always had one, tried a boat with a bimini one time that was a rental... it didn't end well.
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If you fish much, especially with kids, you'll eventually hate a t-top on that size boat. It'll be a hook and weight magnet.
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:54 AM   #7
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This is what I am looking at for a t-top. Reviews seem decent for the money.


http://oceansouth.com/index.php/tops...avyduty-detail

$485 + $60 shipping

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I was also thinking I could get the sail that goes from the t-top to bow in case we need more shade. Its cheap and folds up as it is just sunbrella fabric with hooks.
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I was also thinking I could get the sail that goes from the t-top to bow in case we need more shade. Its cheap and folds up as it is just sunbrella fabric with hooks.
So does an old sheet with a $5.00 grommet kit from Lowes.
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Any thoughts on that t-top?
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Old 04-13-2016, 12:26 PM   #11
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I'd go bimini on a boat that small. You can always take it off when you don't need it, and its cheaper. The bimini will also provide more shade coverage.
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I am partial to the bimini. It give you some flexibility.
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Boat looks nice.

My last boat had Bimini. good shade and you can take off or fold back/forward if wanted. if you fish a lot the poles and straps can be a real pain.

about a year ago we got (new to us) 18' Hydra Sports CC. came with no top. was back and forth for months between T top and Bimini.

decided to go with Fishmaster T- Top in a box. now that it is installed i am glad a went with T top. you do have to get used to casting but no obstructions at rail. I have all my life jackets stowed in bag hanging from T top (do not have pic with bag handy but bag mounts at back and works great). will be installing a box up there also. helped me greatly with storage.

also have an idea to use shade cloth forward of top to get some more shade. will be working on this soon.

you kind of need to think about your use and budget.
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This is what I am looking at for a t-top. Reviews seem decent for the money.


http://oceansouth.com/index.php/tops...avyduty-detail

$485 + $60 shipping

I would think twice about this top.
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Any reason to think 2x about this t-top? Reviews seem decent especially for the price. Looks really nice.
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Same company sells these which may give you more shade for cheap money

http://www.ebay.com/itm/T-Top-BOW-SH...3D261862750995
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Have a removable 5x7 top on my 18' grady. Will never own a bimini top again. And it does not get in the way of fishing at all. Just having the extra places to grab on to and extra storage is worth the cost.

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Old 04-13-2016, 12:58 PM   #18
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Bimini - I had both on an 18' whaler and IMO a t-top looks a bit like overkill on an 18' boat. If you fish the fall thru spring you'll appreciate having no top at all. Just my option
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With kids, you will want and need shade so I vote bimini top. The perceived shade of a t-top can be misleading.
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Any reason to think 2x about this t-top? Reviews seem decent especially for the price. Looks really nice.
It was 6-8 months ago when I was still looking. I believe the hardware that connects legs to top and standoffs is plastic. Also I think they use push button connectors. Not sure what they call them but similar to telescoping tent poles. Also I think the tubing is thinner (1.26” from an ebay listing I just pulled up) than other tops. tobing is dipped aluminum (not sure what that means) Again it was mid last year when I was looking and some info I found turned me off.

You may find them on ebay a bit cheaper.
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