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Old 11-05-2018, 03:23 AM
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Originally Posted by captquin View Post




I think something like this could be cool. Not sure if it’s called a 1/2 tower or stand through t-top, but seems cool.

Anyone have ave any experience with these or know who within driving distance of hampton rods could fan one?
This is what I am looking to do. I like the idea of getting the boat in and out of the water when I trailer not messing with the tower. Plus when I fish by myself I can get in and out easier while battling a fish. Things should not rattle as they are all tied together permanently (no joints/hinges). My top will be a key west style so wide at the back and skinny up front.

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Old 11-05-2018, 03:27 AM
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One thing noticed that bugged me when casting up top was Rods/ outriggers/ anything sticking up ( vertical) preventing that perfect cast!
While my friend has several vertical rod holders on top... all rods are on top laid horizontal to help
Charlie makes a great point. Being lower your rods or nets get in the way if placed in the rocket launchers. Missed a few fish this year as the jig gets wrapped. I am adding some more rod holders on the gunnels to keep them down there when not using them.
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Old 11-06-2018, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by heycharlie View Post
One thing noticed that bugged me when casting up top was Rods/ outriggers/ anything sticking up ( vertical) preventing that perfect cast!
While my friend has several vertical rod holders on top... all rods are on top laid horizontal to help
Good point, my friend. I thought it was clever of them to make those little holes for the rod tips. My boat has "closed gunwales" (not sure what else to call them) so my rods are in tubes that go up the length of the boat. There are some behind the helm station though that I would need to be careful of.

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I could build it for you, but Iím 4 hrs away. Iíve built quite a few towers with a similar setup over the years.
Don't mind driving for quality work, fair price, and good service. PM sent.

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This is what I am looking to do. Things should not rattle as they are all tied together permanently (no joints/hinges). My top will be a key west style so wide at the back and skinny up front.
Agree with all you said. I like that it's low profile. Who are you looking to fabricate yours? Are you thinking of having controls up there was well? Also, silly question here.... how DO you get in/out of it?? From the bottom or do you climb up the side and come down from the top?
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Agree with all you said. I like that it's low profile. Who are you looking to fabricate yours? Are you thinking of having controls up there was well? Also, silly question here.... how DO you get in/out of it?? From the bottom or do you climb up the side and come down from the top?[/QUOTE]

I would like to get in from the sides so the openings would be on the sides. When you have a fish on (and solo) I would like to pass the road to myself. Going to the back onto the console would not allow this to happen.

Eventually would like to get controls up there but mine with current motors will have to be mechanical..Not sure how I feel about that yet.

As far as work I will be working on my boat over the winter up on the ES of Virginia. So I have spoken to all in marine fabrication. He does good work. Here is something I drew up real quick to see the spacing and fit up for my boat (AKA Suppose to be seafoam green but autocad does not have that "color").

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Old 11-07-2018, 08:21 AM
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Roger that. I think it's prudent to get multiple quotes, so I plan to get three. Likely Kurtz, S&S, and Martin's Custom Structures. Possibly Cape Point Customs in NC (mentioned above) to see if there's a huge discrepancy in cost. I'll investigate further if so, but I try to make every attempt to deal local.
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Old 11-17-2018, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by XCalibur View Post
Agree with all you said. I like that it's low profile. Who are you looking to fabricate yours? Are you thinking of having controls up there was well? Also, silly question here.... how DO you get in/out of it?? From the bottom or do you climb up the side and come down from the top?

I would like to get in from the sides so the openings would be on the sides. When you have a fish on (and solo) I would like to pass the road to myself. Going to the back onto the console would not allow this to happen.

Eventually would like to get controls up there but mine with current motors will have to be mechanical..Not sure how I feel about that yet.

As far as work I will be working on my boat over the winter up on the ES of Virginia. So I have spoken to all in marine fabrication. He does good work. Here is something I drew up real quick to see the spacing and fit up for my boat (AKA Suppose to be seafoam green but autocad does not have that "color").
You will not find better quality than Richard @ All In Marine Fab. Hes built a full tower for me, along with a leaning post and some other projects. I'm going to have another tower built built by him for a 24 privateer I am finishing this winter. He can build whatever you dream up and make it look better than you had imagined.
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Old 11-17-2018, 09:01 AM
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Thanks for the reply. Think I found them online. Iíll give him a shout.
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Quick update here. I decided to go with Kurtz Marine for this job and couldn't be more excited. They have great eye for design and everything I've seen looks top-notch. Cheaper prices were available, but this is a rather unique design (the console flips up), and in the end, I felt Ben and his team could deliver the best results at a fair price.

I'll post some pics, etc once it's complete.
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Old 02-04-2019, 05:52 PM
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Very cool! Cant wait to see what he comes up with.

What do you mean by the console flips up?
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Old 02-06-2019, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by XCalibur View Post
Very cool! Cant wait to see what he comes up with.

What do you mean by the console flips up?
My console literally flips up. Itís hinged about half way up, mid thigh or so. Great for storage access, but tricky to account for when you need to brace a structure to it.
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Excalibur that is a gorgeous boat could you post a pic where we could see the whole rig. Your killing me because now I got to have that top, so much for saving for a cruise with the wife. By the way she’s pissed at you now. LOL
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Excalibur that is a gorgeous boat could you post a pic where we could see the whole rig. Your killing me because now I got to have that top, so much for saving for a cruise with the wife. By the way sheís pissed at you now. LOL
Delduck, It is not done yet. Currently rebuilding her and did that to get the style and spacing right on her. Just like the OP i am currently getting quotes for towers and looking at build spots. I have a tournament to fish memorial day weekend so i am not sure if the tower will be installed prior to that because of the work that is going into her.

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My console literally flips up. Itís hinged about half way up, mid thigh or so. Great for storage access, but tricky to account for when you need to brace a structure to it.
I think I get what you are saying now but is it still a half/stand thru tower?
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Old 02-07-2019, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by XCalibur View Post
Charlie makes a great point. Being lower your rods or nets get in the way if placed in the rocket launchers. Missed a few fish this year as the jig gets wrapped. I am adding some more rod holders on the gunnels to keep them down there when not using them.
What screws me up the worst is not the stuff sticking up vertically, when I'm in the tower, the vhf antenna is folded down behind me. When I go to underhand cast sometimes, the jig or eel wraps around that.
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Originally Posted by XCalibur View Post
I think I get what you are saying now but is it still a half/stand thru tower?
Yes sir. The challenge is in the fabrication. The structure has to be braced for stability but still allow for the console to flip up. Generally most T-Tops are braced both low and high on the console as well for max stability. I suspect there will have to be some sort of bracing that pivots out of the way with a pin assembly or something. Here's a pic of the console flipped up and empty before anything was installed.




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What screws me up the worst is not the stuff sticking up vertically, when I'm in the tower, the vhf antenna is folded down behind me. When I go to underhand cast sometimes, the jig or eel wraps around that.
Great point. My antenna is on mounted on the gunwale and I was thinking about moving it up top. Maybe I could and just do a shorter one? Same goes for rods in the holders. Might be good while under way, but could be a PITA in the holders while casting.

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Old 02-12-2019, 03:05 AM
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I am adding 4 rod holders in the stern and 8' gunnel rod storage for this purpose during my rebuild. Clear most anything that could end up with a slimy eel or jig making a "clinch knot" around something else.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:39 AM
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Yup. I keep mine under the gunnels currently. Most people are careful with rod eyes while loading, but every now and then...
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Alright, got the boat back and wanted to follow up. Kurtz Marine along with Charlton's Marine Canvas custom fabricated a T-top and half tower for my 1988 Biddison 2200. The multi-level deck and flip-up console that make these boats great pose a significant design challenge. I think Ben & Mike did an absolutely bang up job. Sleek design, solid construction, and awesome no-lace canvas work with closeable top for full sun protection. I'm excited for the added functionality and couldn't be happier. Looks pretty good for an old boat!









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Old 03-17-2019, 06:04 AM
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looks nice!
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That canvas has such a clean look to it without the laces. Looks great.
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