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Old 08-04-2020, 09:07 PM
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looking for recommendations on where to get a hardtop made for a reasonable price. Located in Chesapeake but willing to travel. Thanks
Old 08-05-2020, 05:44 AM
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Mine was custom made to fit my boat at S&S Marine in Norfolk, very happy with it
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Thanks, I'm waiting on a call back. Any idea on price?
Old 08-05-2020, 09:49 AM
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Not sure how much research u have done on hardtops, but I will offer this suggestion. I did about 4 years of looking/research mainly because I wanted one but did not have the $$. If u are looking at top tier stuff., there is sooo much to know.
In my case I opted for a "cored" top which I kinda think is top of the line, in quality-looks- weight, but there are a few other ways to go. Once I chose a cored top there were all these other choices/option that the had to be decided before an accurate proposal could be offered up. Just a few,,, size-sq. ft.,, camber, overhangs (4 sides), height, finished edge(top & bottom), finished surface texture & color (top & bottom), pods for radar-TV-etc & what style pods, any areas to be reinforced where an outrigger, antenna, light, etc would mount, speakers or lights on bottom side, sunroof ($$$), prep work for enclosures, .

Those questions BEFORE you address the frame, such as general design, rod holders, finish surface, prep for enclosure, etc, etc.

So, just saying, u might do yourself a favor and spend a bunch of time on research taking pictures & notes,, that might also save some $$$, as most fab shops (historically) are slower in the winter. I signed my proposal with a big deposit about 4 days before Christmas and the guys told me that was helpful. BTW, I dropped off my boat on January 9 & picked it up March 9 and the job was perfect!! I am 4 years later and still say the entire process and product is 10+++

These guys might be too far from you, up around AC, NJ,, however IMO opinion they are worth the ride! Steve & Andy @ Oceanview Marine Welding


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Originally Posted by Finfever21 View Post
Thanks, I'm waiting on a call back. Any idea on price?
I donít remember and Iím sure itís specific to your boat. Mike might remember me, we had quite the exchange over straight vs bent pipes, he disagreed with me on having a curved pipe along a straight windshield, you can see how he made it work. This was about 8 years ago

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Originally Posted by pizzacutter View Post
Not sure how much research u have done on hardtops, but I will offer this suggestion. I did about 4 years of looking/research mainly because I wanted one but did not have the $$. If u are looking at top tier stuff., there is sooo much to know.
In my case I opted for a "cored" top which I kinda think is top of the line, in quality-looks- weight, but there are a few other ways to go. Once I chose a cored top there were all these other choices/option that the had to be decided before an accurate proposal could be offered up. Just a few,,, size-sq. ft.,, camber, overhangs (4 sides), height, finished edge(top & bottom), finished surface texture & color (top & bottom), pods for radar-TV-etc & what style pods, any areas to be reinforced where an outrigger, antenna, light, etc would mount, speakers or lights on bottom side, sunroof ($$$), prep work for enclosures, .

Those questions BEFORE you address the frame, such as general design, rod holders, finish surface, prep for enclosure, etc, etc.

So, just saying, u might do yourself a favor and spend a bunch of time on research taking pictures & notes,, that might also save some $$$, as most fab shops (historically) are slower in the winter. I signed my proposal with a big deposit about 4 days before Christmas and the guys told me that was helpful. BTW, I dropped off my boat on January 9 & picked it up March 9 and the job was perfect!! I am 4 years later and still say the entire process and product is 10+++

These guys might be too far from you, up around AC, NJ,, however IMO opinion they are worth the ride! Steve & Andy @ Oceanview Marine Welding


Greatly appreciate the info, that is a lot to think about that i didn't consider.
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Originally Posted by TripleCrownNC View Post
I donít remember and Iím sure itís specific to your boat. Mike might remember me, we had quite the exchange over straight vs bent pipes, he disagreed with me on having a curved pipe along a straight windshield, you can see how he made it work. This was about 8 years ago

That top looks great,, still waiting for a call back.
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Moubray & Co in Kilmarnock, VA.
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Originally Posted by Finfever21 View Post
That top looks great,, still waiting for a call back.
Doesn't sound right, I'd try them again.
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We bought the GW in my signature new at the VaBch boat show in March 2002. It had the ORM soft top.

S & S Marine built us a custom top in Oct 2002, and the full enclosure was done by Mike’s Marine Custom Canvas. Neither one is cheap, but the top was still in great condition when we sold the boat in January 2019, with tens of thousands of miles under her keel and never a crack or any failure. The canvas held up great, but we had Mike replace the sides and front in March 2016 before we moved to Florida. Yes, 13.5 years on the enclosure.

I can’t say enough about S & S, except that you will not be disappointed.

PM me an email address if you want some good photos of the top.

Brian

P.S. Say hello to both Mikes for me.
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Another vote for S&S.
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Thanks everyone for the feedback, I'm still waiting on a call back. I will try them again this week. Thanks again.
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Ive never had them build a hard top but S&S's work is top notch. I buy my trailers from them, they stand behind their work too.
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Another vote for S&S. Mike built my entire T top, hard top, second station, helm and leaning post for my 28 Whitewater. Very pleased with his work.

He makes two styles of top...one like mine is his basic non cored top which I think looks great and a second one which is cored. He stays pretty busy most of the time. Maybe try calling him when the shop opens first thing in the morning as the best time to reach him.

When my Whitewater was finished I went to pick it up on a Saturday and we both discovered that my starboard engine would not trim up or down using helm or tilt switch on the motor. Neither of us could figure it out, but he called a friend who is a Suzuki mechanic and this guy showed up Saturday afternoon of a major holiday weekend to fix it. Yes I had to pay a fee for it but just the fact that it all happened on holiday weekend and got done so I did not have to figure it all out was pretty amazing service to me.

Gary, his Dad, also provided some of the best service I have ever received on a Loadmaster trailer I bought from them.
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This time of year your better off just stopping by s&S and trying to catch Mike to talk, I’m sure they are wide open right now.
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Yeah they rarely answer the phone either leave them a message or stop by. That’s your best bet for S and S.
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Thanks everyone, I'm gonna swing by there this week.

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