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TrybalRage 10-19-2020 12:20 PM

Aluminum Hard Top repair - upper chesapeake
 
I searched a couple older threads for similar suggestions, hoping I can get some up-to-date recommendations.

I just bought a new-to-me '03 Hydra-Sports walkaround with a hard top. During the sea trial we noticed a crack almost all the way around one of the supports.

https://i.imgur.com/gYZmI55.jpg?1

After a little negotiation decided to move ahead with the sale so now I'm looking for someone who can weld that shut, and possibly add a gusset plate to reinforce it a bit.

Boat is currently located in Elkton, MD. Bonus points if the person is mobile, boat has nearly a 9' beam so isn't technically supposed to be on the road without permits.


CapPhil 10-19-2020 05:37 PM

Miller marine Fabrication in North East, MD.

He's a fantastic welder, not sure if he is mobile or not, but I wouldn't worry about pulling around a 9 ft beam.

757saltwater 10-19-2020 06:30 PM

Just bought a 2004 HS wa with the same problem. One side already had a patch weld and the other has a crack . Both same spot . I think I'm gonna get some brackets welded in between where it all meets right there.

BigtTunaDaddy 10-19-2020 07:40 PM

Gussets. Then the crack will move up. Good luck.

TrybalRage 10-20-2020 05:32 AM


Originally Posted by BigtTunaDaddy (Post 14150377)
Gussets. Then the crack will move up. Good luck.

Possibly. Ive seen where folks have added additional bracing to limit side-to-side movement. Well cross that bridge when we get there.

DirtyFrank 10-20-2020 08:43 AM


Originally Posted by CapPhil (Post 14149949)
Miller marine Fabrication in North East, MD.

He's a fantastic welder, not sure if he is mobile or not, but I wouldn't worry about pulling around a 9 ft beam.

second for Miller Marine, did a great job on my t-top repair

TrybalRage 10-21-2020 01:34 PM

Hm. Did they go out of business or something? The only number I can find online (and their website) is disconnected.

CapPhil 10-21-2020 01:55 PM


Originally Posted by TrybalRage (Post 14155363)
Hm. Did they go out of business or something? The only number I can find online (and their website) is disconnected.

Is this the company you are trying to call?
Miller Marine Fabrication
410 287 0303

TrybalRage 10-21-2020 03:44 PM


Originally Posted by CapPhil (Post 14155428)
Is this the company you are trying to call?
Miller Marine Fabrication
410 287 0303

Yes. Got a message that the number was changed, disconnected, not in service. Just called again and got the same message.

CapPhil 10-21-2020 06:05 PM


Originally Posted by TrybalRage (Post 14155737)
Yes. Got a message that the number was changed, disconnected, not in service. Just called again and got the same message.

interesting, I haven't talked to him in a few years. Isn't that old of a guy, wonder what the story is.

Could always drive down to his shop.

DirtyFrank 10-22-2020 08:56 AM

bay boat works yard will know what's going on

410-287-8113

capt_matt 10-23-2020 04:28 PM

A little out of your area, but try Carter Fabrications in Millersville, MD 410-987-9397. I recently used them to fix a small t-top crack and make a small section of aluminim tube with a 90 degree bend. They are nice people, the quality of work was good, and the price was fair.

Matthew Tull 10-25-2020 08:50 PM

Bk fabrication in Preston just built a top for me. They did a great job. They actually answer the phone and do what they say they’re going to do which is rare now a days 🤦‍♂️ You can find them on Facebook or call them. 410-310-4292

zam 10-30-2020 06:13 AM

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...60fb3a1b2f.jpg
I had a similar problem with mine. I took mine to tex cool weld in Baltimore, it only cost $150 (they welded four cracks and put on two gussets). It could look better with some grinding and polishing but I told them I didn't care about looks. I didn't think it would hold up but I've pounded plenty of waves since then and its still holding up


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