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Old 10-18-2017, 09:29 AM
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About to do business with Metal Works LLC in Yorktown, VA. Has anyone had a T-Top built by them or any type of aluminum welding project that would like to share their experience?
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Old 10-20-2017, 05:05 AM
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I have used Metal Works several times. Zac the owner has always come through for me. They have built several projects for my boat. He built rocket launchers and ladders for my Albemarle. I had another company out to look at my project and they said it could not be done without changing my whole hardtop and supports. Zac came up with a plan and I have been very pleased. A picture of this project was on his Facebook page at one time.

I also had him make a very large outdoor sign welded out of aluminum.

I would not hesitate to use Metal Works again.
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Old 10-20-2017, 06:40 AM
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Thanks for your feedback JHForbes. Zac seems to be responsive and thorough. I have a good feeling about doing business with him so far.
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My experience was less than positive. My boat was in his possession for 6 weeks around May waiting for a cobia tower and eventually I picked it back up. Zac did refund my deposit but I missed Cobia season because he couldn't deliver what he promised. I would not recommend.
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Old 10-23-2017, 05:54 AM
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Originally Posted by charterchaser View Post
My experience was less than positive. My boat was in his possession for 6 weeks around May waiting for a cobia tower and eventually I picked it back up. Zac did refund my deposit but I missed Cobia season because he couldn't deliver what he promised. I would not recommend.

Sorry to hear that charterchaser and thanks for your feedback.
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:54 PM
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Angry Avoid this company.

Bad experience.
Multiple welds broke and tower broke after 2 trips offshore.He said he would honor is warranty. Needless to say he did not. After he mentioned he couldn't get to me to do the repairs and to hire a reputable local guy, I did so. He wanted pictures of the broken welds, he wanted an invoice, he wanted the number of the welder who was fixing his mess. I gave him all of these things and he said he would pay me back for the poor work. He never did and quite frankly he never intended to. It became a series or i'm away on vacation, the check is in the mail, to ignoring my request. Mind you I only asked that he fix the broken welds-he suggested I hire someone else. I did everything as he asked and yet, the check never arrived, and he hasn't replied. It isn't a money thing with me, but a man should honor his word when he gives it and this boy certainly did not.

The second fabricator pointed out some serious design flaws with the tower. I probably gave an inexperienced welder too much to handle and in the long run giving this young guy a chance was a bad decision. The old adage is true. You truly get what you pay for!
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:27 PM
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Looking at the pictures on his FB page some of his work looks good. Some of his designs seem a bit "off" or maybe just different than what I am used to seeing.

If you are willing to take a drive south I would highly recommend Keith at Home - Modlin?s Welding
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Don't know Zac or metal works but do know welding and do know aluminum. Aluminum is a super soft material and it will crack especially at and around the weld. I was a metal fabricator for years and I just shake my heads at some of the towers that I see. Building a beautiful tower structure that never moves is one thing, but designing something that is able to flex and give without cracking is another. A fiberglass boat running 35 mph in rough seas produces a serious amount of stress. A fiberglass boat flexes considerably. Being a really good craftsman and or welder is one thing. Being an engineer that can design a structure that can handle all of those forces is another thing. When I see these huge aftermarket towers attached to the t-top, both gunnels, and then too a leaning post, it has to break somewhere. We used to design large piping systems to move huge amounts to keep from breaking. Serious thought needs to go into the movement and creating places for these structures to flex, or your just going to keep popping welds.
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I tried to have a cobia tower built last year. I called them and set up a time for him to come out to the boat. They took measurements and we discussed different options for a while. He told me he'd email me later that day with pricing and options. Never heard from him again. I moved on. I don't beg people to take my money. If you're too busy than good for you.
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M3 welding on the Eastern shore is the best your going to find. Located right on the MD/VA state line. Fast and good work can do anything you want. Guys name is Jimmy you will have to look him up on Facebook
https://m.facebook.com/M3WeldingAndFabrication/
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:53 AM
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I'll give the business an 8 out of 10. The design/build is functioning as discussed. I went from nothing to a T-Top, leaning post and folding cobia tower with upper controls. Had my vessel in some roughness over the summer and all welds are in tact.

The folding cobia tower is a PITA to deal with. I'm considering a marina as opposed to trailering next season.
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I had Moubray & Company (Kilmarnock, VA) fabricate a cobia tower for me last year on our SeaFox CC. Very happy with the work/price/time to deliver. Randy did great work.
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they did my tower last year and i had no complaints.
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Old 11-02-2018, 08:14 AM
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Used them for some repairs and a ladder from ttop to LP. It took a couple weeks longer to get me int he shop than he estimated, but once dropped off, turned it around pretty quick at a reasonable fee. Only complaint I had is height, ha. He's a shorter guy, and I'm a tall guy- I never thought to tell him how high to mount the rod holders. So, if i'm not careful, i take a rod holder to the middle of my forehead when walking past the LP.
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