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Old 07-07-2011, 09:24 AM
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Last weekend I was washing my boat and I noticed 3 cracks in the tubes on my t-top. These cracks are in the top horizontal bracket between the uprights. I don't know how long they have been there I have had the curtains up for a bout 3 months and I took them down and cleaned everything up and that is when I noticed them. There is one on the port and starboard side almost at the same exact place there is another one in the weld on the port side. I have attached some pictures below. The boat is located in Beaufort, NC I need recommendations of who to contact for repair. I would prefer not to have to take it back to the dealer. I will contact them to see if it is a warranty issue but I am anticipating that it is not.


port side top brace


Starboard side top brace



This is the crack in the weld on the port side.

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Old 07-07-2011, 09:41 AM
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no pics to be seen.

Sounds like wind stress, or bad welds.
Hopefully still under warranty.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:32 AM
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had some issues like that- too much stress on it. those cracks can probably be welded, but unless you add some additional bracing or lose some weight up top, they will probably just come back.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:22 PM
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Any welder can repair that,pretty easy. But it happened for a reason. Get you some extra braces welded in.
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had some issues like that- too much stress on it. those cracks can probably be welded, but unless you add some additional bracing or lose some weight up top, they will probably just come back.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:49 PM
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I have outriggers with welded plates in the t-top. Could that have caused the extra stress? Will Hancock and Grandsons know where to weld the extra braces?
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:10 PM
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u need gussets in each corner to brace it
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Originally Posted by robbiedon View Post
I have outriggers with welded plates in the t-top. Could that have caused the extra stress? Will Hancock and Grandsons know where to weld the extra braces?
Yes,they will know. And they do mobile work one day a week,or use to
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:24 PM
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What Westco said, Inch to inch and a half triangular pieces welded in will stabilize that pipe.

Is it Aluminum or Stainless? Fred's Welding just outside Beaufurt on 70 toward East Carteret HS can do it too.
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I had a similar problem. Modlins welding did a fantastic job on mine.
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:17 PM
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Thanks for all the info. I give Hancocks a call and see if they still do mobile. I believe it is Aluminum.
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