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Old 01-11-2019, 03:34 PM
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I have the Simrad equipment (2 MFD's and new 3G radar). I would like to get it installed and will need an aluminum bracket welded on my T-top for the radome. A shop gave me a price of $ 2,500 to $ 3,000 to install the 2 units flush on powdered coated aluminum and new radome bracket. This includes running the wire in the t-top tube and keeping my current wiring very organized.

Is it just me or does the price seem to be extremely high. I was thinking of something around a $ 1,000.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:38 PM
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That sounds like a rip
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:27 PM
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Maybe try to give a call to Suncoast Marine Electronics.
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:54 AM
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Most marine ships dont weld aluminum and have to bring in a mobile welder. The fabric has to be unstiched from the t-top and removed then stitched back on when done. Holes in the fabric need to be done correctly so it doesn't fray or unravel. Depending on the design of the t-top the wiring can be a bitch to pull through. Cutting into powder coated aluminum can be risky and need to be sealed back correctly so it doesn't start corroding.
My point is all of this is very time consuming and a shop is in business to make money.
Have you tried All Star Marine?
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:13 AM
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I would take it to Bill at BT welding in Titusville , and see what he says . You could have him weld it and run the wires for you , then do the rest yourself or take it to someone to finish the install . I know that it is difficult to weld powder coated metal , you could also look into a clamp style radar mount that you could have powder coated to match .

Where are you mounting the MFD's ?
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Old 01-14-2019, 04:36 AM
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My current electronic setup uses starboard, but the shop wants to utilize matte black aluminum powder coated because it won't distort as much as starboard. His shop does aluminum welding. The t-top is the standard Competition set-up with weblon material.
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:59 AM
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Yeah , that price is extremely high . Especially for something you could basically do in a day by yourself . That's why I do almost everything myself . Are you handy with tools ?

This is what I would do .

I would have Bill weld the radar plate , he builds t tops for a living , for the boat manufacturers . They have the plates in stock , and will more than likely get you in and out in a day . I would have them run the radar wires as well , just in case the hole needs to be enlarged for the radar plug . Also in case you might need a second bar added for the wire run to the CC . ( around $500 for plate installed )

Before doing that I would pull the starboard insert and take it to Boat Outfitters and have them make you a new one . They will CNC it for the new MFD's and same exact mounting screw holes etc . Basically just mount it up and you are almost done (probably around $300) . They are usually pretty busy , took them a week or two when they did my inserts . If you want the PC metal , look around and you can have someone do it for around the same price . Look in S Fl , pricing/selection is usually better .

Buy some wire and heat shrink terminals/butt connectors from Pacer Group and wire up the MFD's and you are done . You just saved 2k and know that it was done right . If you have any questions hit me up , and I'll walk you through it .
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