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24' Bay boat T-top, Bimini top or no top

Old 03-12-2019, 03:12 PM
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Default 24' Bay boat T-top, Bimini top or no top

Buying a 24' bay boat for east coast Florida fishing. Considering re sale value and Florida summers, what is better T-top, Bimini top
or used stick to no top.
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Old 03-12-2019, 03:15 PM
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Based on resale alone I would say t top.
Based on would I want one on a 24 bay boat yes I would.
I would almost have no top before a Bimini on that size boat. Or I should say that price boat. If you sell it with Bimini and people want a top they have holes. They would likely pass on that boat.

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Old 03-12-2019, 03:33 PM
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Thanks. That's what I thought. Leaning towards no top but seems like every boat out there has a T top.
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Old 03-12-2019, 03:44 PM
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I had a 22’ bay boat with no top for 19 years. Fished the Everglades to Grand Isle, with home waters in Tennessee. I replaced that boat with a 24’ bay boat with a T-top, now based in Gulf Shores. Although it took me a few trips to figure out casting from the rear deck, I find the T-top to be a really nice feature, especially for the summer. We often cast for reds and trout, with me, my son, and two grandsons, and love the Shade as well as the extra rod storage. We also bottom fish when the winds are light, and the T-top shade is so welcome. I have been on a bay boat with a Bimini, and it was a royal PITA. Also, the T-top is great place for the UHF antenna.
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Old 03-12-2019, 03:46 PM
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I have a Triton 240LTS with a t-top. I wouldn't be without it. It's nice to be able to get out of the sun and take a break for hydration.
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Old 03-12-2019, 03:51 PM
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The top will keep the Dermatoligst at bay.
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Depends on how you fish and what time of year. For me it was not worth it as I am always in the front fishing. Only time I would be under the T top is coming and going to fishing spots. I do feel it can get in the way when fishing. If I liverd in FL. full time I would likely have a t top.
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:49 PM
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No t-top ever for me.it gets in the way all the time.
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:50 PM
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In my opinion, any top on a bay boat under 26’ is a PITA when it comes to fishing. But...... if you only fish 1-3 people, its doable, otherwise, I will admit its nice to have shade from about 2-4pm.
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:52 PM
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You will have room to cast on a 24' with a T Top. Get a T Top. I have had my 23' bay boat for 10 to 11 years and added a T top last year. Wish I would have done it 11 years ago. Shade, storage, safety, radio box, more rod holders, lights, and gets you out of the weather some and out of the wind with curtains. My top was made right and did not slow my boat down but 1/2 MPH with curtains off.
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If you’re not a hardcore fisherman it makes perfect sense.
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:18 PM
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I’ve had 22’, 24’ and now a 26’ bay Boat. In Florida I wouldn’t go without a T-top. In the summer you want to get out of the sun or rain. Makes the day much more enjoyable. Have never had a problem casting and usually have 3-4 people fishing. Some of those are sometimes kids with limited rod control, but they never have a problem either.
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:23 PM
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T top 100% of the time. I have never had a problem fishing around one. Seems odd that some do.

Summer days in FL with no t top is just miserable on most occasions.
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:16 PM
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T-Top for sure. If you don't get one, you'll wish you did. One of the biggest reasons I sold my flats boat and bought a 24 foot bay boat was because I wanted a T-Top again. They don't call it the Sunshine State for nothin'...
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:23 PM
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I fish out of a 17 foot skiff with a Bimini and 2 people can fish easy 3 people is oaky with 2 at the stern and one on the casting platform. We have 30 rod-holders, you have to load from outside the top. It's like anything else it just takes a little ingenuity.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:31 PM
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T-tops suck if you spend most of your time pitching artificials and fly fishing. If you’re a bait fisherman, I guess the top would be fine. All of us who fish out of skiffs don’t have issues with sun, so I don’t really see the big deal with shade if you’re a hardcore fisherman.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:38 PM
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I fish from sun up to sun down and have had all three options fishing inshore and offshore. I installed Bimini tips on my last two inshore boats due to being to small for a t top and they provided a lot of shade, but a total pita to fish around. My new boat I pick up next week has a hard top and my personal opinion is it’s the best way to go. You get shade with out haveing to fish around Bimini straps.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:55 PM
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Bought our bay boat without a t top originally and eventually added one after a few years. Night and day, one more vote for t top.
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If you fish a lot, definitely no t-top. If you have wife/kids, spend the money on a nice large bimini for when you take them out...it does a much better job for shade than a small t-top. I have a large bimini for family trips and it provides shade for most of the seats on my 22' bay boat and the wife loves it.

With that said, plenty of people fish with a t-top and it works fine. Weigh the options for your situation.
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:53 AM
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For that size boat, T-top.
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