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Old 06-12-2018, 06:00 PM
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Anyone had work done with Martins custom structures. I've talked with him a couple times and he seems to be very knowledgeable and genuine. Just checking to see if anyone has any experience working with them? Thanks
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I don't but know people who have. I think a lot of people use him.
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Don't know what kind of power your boat has but do your homework before pulling the trigger the 2nd shift-throttle control & black box for my Suzuki df300 is $1.700 & in a previous thread it was said that the Yamaha electronic control is $ 3000. That plus a 2nd hydraulic steering unit & hoses and the pipe work adds up to $$$
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I used him and his son. I was in Afghanistan and he had me arrange to bring it to him in Feb. I was due back in May, he didn't complete the project until June or July. I felt taken advantage of as he knew I was away and felt he could put me on the back burner, on top of that I couldn't get answers on simple questions after I paid such as what bolts he used for the tower as they fell out more than once.
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Originally Posted by Timex View Post
Don't know what kind of power your boat has but do your homework before pulling the trigger the 2nd shift-throttle control & black box for my Suzuki df300 is $1.700 & in a previous thread it was said that the Yamaha electronic control is $ 3000. That plus a 2nd hydraulic steering unit & hoses and the pipe work adds up to $$$
Yeah, what he said. It's just $$$$
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Thanks for the info. This will actually just be a removable tower without controls. Just something to use on cobia trips and be off the boat the rest of the time.
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:30 PM
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Martin's does good work but very pricey Look up metal works llc or ssmarine in norfolk. However, the best places price wise are in NC I took mine to cape point customs paid 2400 for a Ttop and fold down tower with a seat, cushions and rod holders.
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Damn thats a good price. Did you leave it down there Fin and then go back and pick it up once it was ready? Thanks again for the info.
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Damn thats a good price. Did you leave it down there Fin and then go back and pick it up once it was ready? Thanks again for the info.

No he called me when he was ready for it and took most of the day to install it. I took my family with me and made a little trip out of it visiting the sites and aquarium. All in one day.
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Thanks again
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:10 AM
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if you aren't getting controls up there, just find a used crows nest on craigslist. Don't need to spend the money having one fabricated when you can find a good one and bolt it on yourself
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Composite Yacht makes these simple crows nests. Folds nearly flat and takes only a couple minutes to put up/remove.
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Buck shot, is that place in Maryland? Trying to goggle it. Are they boat builders in matyland.
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It's about $2000, but as you can see, it can be folded up and shipped to your door, stuck in the back of the truck or whatever.
Obviously one that doesn't fold would be less.
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man I just cant bear to see someone spend $2k on a CROWS NEST! Shop around man. I mean you can find a tower with controls for not much more than that (without installation obviously). Shop around and find a used crows nest. They will pop up occasionally. I wouldn't spend more than $600 just for a place to stand and look for fish. Before I had a tower we just had a guy sit on the hard top.
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You can get a crows nest cheaper.
You can get a crows nest from CY cheaper.
White trash it up and strap a walker up there.
Here ya go. 40 bucks, all in. Ratchet straps'n all.
https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/drive-medical-deluxe-two-button-folding-walker/ID=prod6253964-product?ext=gooPLA_-_Home_Medical&pla&adtype=pla&kpid=sku6216599&sst=8 a323ed6-573c-420c-9caa-3da2c904c74a
https://www.mfrexpress.com/1x12-ratc...QaAvWgEALw_wcB

Some will recognize that making the thing collapsible so that it can be stashed in the garage costs more.
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I plan to get one over the winter. I dont have a hard top and pLayed with the Walker idea. It's a wee bit tight. Honestly I'm not comfortable with Nyone up there without some reinforcement of my top frame.
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I'll stand on the top with nothing if it's calm enough.

You'll definitely see some walkers and other interesting towers out on the bay. Here are a couple pics I've taken.

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Yep seen it all scaffolding, ladder stands, ladders, walkers etc. It's quite comedic watching these guys maneuver up top when it's tough. I'm guilty of the step ladder and ratchets straps on the bow a long time ago
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Old 06-16-2018, 06:01 AM
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Thanks for all the info fellas. I’ve been talking with joe at cape point. Best price by far. Hopefully in the coming weeks I will throw up a couple pictures!
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