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Old 09-12-2016, 09:55 AM
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Has anyone used Starboard in place of the canvas ttop? I have a top that needs to be replaced and was thinking of using 1/4" starboard. My top has a slight curve from left to right but not front to back so i think i should be able to get it to bend. Any pro's or cons to doing it this way. I would have to use 2 sheets to get the correct size.
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Mines starboard 1/2". Screws are too close to the edge and the top cracked from expansion I suppose. I think I'm going to redo it and oversize the hole a little so it can give a little. Unless someone comes up with a better idea. The pics is same boat and top as mine. Mine is 2 pieces seemed under aluminum trim. I'm open to ideas.
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This company does pretty good work - never worked with them personally but have heard several folks recommend them for Starboard T-Tops.

Marine Plastic Innovation:
http://www.marineplasticfab.com/t-tops.html
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Yeah they are local to me and I plan on picking his brain for a solution. Haven't made it over there yet. Will advise.
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Why starboard? It is heavy and warps when in direct sunlight. Why not a fiberglass top?
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Its heavy but no warping, just the cracks or it actually pretty nice.
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OH man the cracks are bumming me out ! I was looking at replacing my t top canvas with starboard....... guess not now
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i was thinking the 1/4" would be less weight than fiberglass plus i could do it myself. but the cracks are a bummer.
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My BIL who is known for shade tree solutions used Azek for his top a few years ago and swears he is happy with it. Having worked with both Azek And starboard my concern wit he Azek is the porosity of the cut edges versus the "closed cell" nature of the starboard. Cheaper for sure, and if wrapping the edges in something probably wouldn't be an issue.

Those Cracks pictured aren't acceptable in my book either.
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Same here it's heavy and will eventually start cracking around the bolts. Mine looked similar to the pics above, not quite as bad though. Make one from fiberglass and foam core or have one made.

1/4" will be to thin IMO.
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I'd check with a plastics company and get their take as far as that application. I went into a large company's warehouse and was like a kid in a candy store looking at all of the stuff they made/sold.
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Try Kydex instead.
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Originally Posted by Double tyme View Post
My BIL who is known for shade tree solutions used Azek for his top a few years ago and swears he is happy with it. Having worked with both Azek And starboard my concern wit he Azek is the porosity of the cut edges versus the "closed cell" nature of the starboard. Cheaper for sure, and if wrapping the edges in something probably wouldn't be an issue.

Those Cracks pictured aren't acceptable in my book either.
You can seal the edges of Azek with acetone. Not that I would use it on my boat though...

To the OP. I'd stick with canvas. It's light weight and proven. I'd bet 1/4 starboard that bakes in the sun will sag without a lot of support.
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i made one out of 3/4 starboard, works perfect, allows me to stand on top, stack traps, and secure track for eisenglass enclosure

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Originally Posted by RJTaylor View Post
Try Kydex instead.
Kydex is a no go, with in a year or two it will be so brittle from baking in the sun you wont have to remove it to replace it, it will bow off all by it self.........
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Curious, would the star board be less inclined to cracking if the screw holes had not been so close to the edge?
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Originally Posted by martyf View Post
Kydex is a no go, with in a year or two it will be so brittle from baking in the sun you wont have to remove it to replace it, it will bow off all by it self.........
There is more than one type of Kydex.

Kydex 100 is used to make radomes, they do just fine outdoors.

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Originally Posted by nccoaster View Post
Curious, would the star board be less inclined to cracking if the screw holes had not been so close to the edge?
or use a rubber gromet?
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Originally Posted by martyf View Post
or use a rubber gromet?
I've had it crack as well, but the idea of dampening the blow with insulators gromets may work. I think as anything with a plastizer agent, it will become brittle with time
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Why not just use Stamoid/Weblon since you can't stand on 1/4" starboard anyway?

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