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Old 10-21-2018, 02:02 PM
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Starting the official process! Looking for recommendations on having a t-top fabricated. Seems like there was a recent thread, but I canít find it. Iíll likley get a hard top with some sort crows nest or something on the top.

Thoughts on S&S (Norfolk), Martinís (Gloucester), Kurtz (Yorktown), or some place in NC?

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Old 10-21-2018, 02:09 PM
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There was a thread about Metalworks in Yorktown. Altist is another company.
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Old 10-21-2018, 06:04 PM
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I had S&S rework my last top, he did a great job, they are probably not the cheapest but he was great to deal with and did top notch work
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Old 10-21-2018, 06:20 PM
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Ben Dishman in Yorktown does good work at a fair price as well.
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Old 10-22-2018, 05:39 AM
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S&S has done both t-top work and other fabrication for boats in our family. I second Pete that they may not be the cheapest, but they do great work.
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Old 10-22-2018, 06:31 AM
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I have heard good things about Cape Point Customs in Carolina. Its a hike but I've heard they got the best bang for your buck.

Me personally, I'd find a used one off craigslist and clean it up. Plenty of time before next season to find the right fit
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:50 AM
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S&S built the t-top for my Parker. They did a good job on the fabrication and were good about fixing two weld cracks that showed up after a year. I also had them make a new tongue for my trailer. They are busy and not the best in terms of telephone manners or making appointments, but if you get your boat there they will get the work done in a timely manner.
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Old 10-22-2018, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Mako 234 View Post
There was a thread about Metalworks in Yorktown. Altist is another company.
Thanks, Mako. I did see that thread. Shame to hear that about a local company too.

Dishman and Kurtz both appear to be on Production Road. Any idea if they're connected? Great idea to look on CL too. Hadn't thought of that.

Lastly - any thoughts/recommendations on what to do/not do when selecting a t-top? Anything you wish you had done/not done on yours?
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Originally Posted by captquin View Post
Anything you wish you had done/not done on yours?

I am going to get one over the winter.
Few of things I thought of for down the road.

Extra Rod Holders, Spot Light, Radar Mount,
Antenna Mounts, outrigger mounts..
Lines on each side to fish additional cables through.
Electronic box...
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Old 10-22-2018, 12:34 PM
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Not sure where you're located OP or how far you're willing to travel but Moubray & Company did custom T-top and tower work on my 24' Robalo CC. Their shop is located in Kilmarnock, VA (northern neck) and they can do just about anything you want done.
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Old 10-23-2018, 06:37 AM
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Modlin's Welding in Farmville, NC did very nice work on two of my former boats. Bit of a drive but impeccable work. Website has some good galley photos for ideas.
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Old 10-23-2018, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by kernmw10 View Post
Not sure where you're located OP or how far you're willing to travel but Moubray & Company did custom T-top and tower work on my 24' Robalo CC. Their shop is located in Kilmarnock, VA (northern neck) and they can do just about anything you want done.
Ditto. Super happy with the folding cobia tower on my SeaFox
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Old 10-23-2018, 08:12 AM
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Kurtz Marine in Yorktown does great work. They'll be doing mine once I get the funds together.
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I am not sure where you are located but I have talked to Modlins in NC and seem like a good guy to deal with. Also All in marine in Wachapreague VA (https://www.facebook.com/AllInMarineFabrication). I was driving on the eastern shore and stopped when I saw a 25' southern cross with this top and asked where he had it fabricated.
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Old 10-27-2018, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by XCalibur View Post
I am not sure where you are located
Probably important info. I'm in Hampton Roads - York County.

Thanks all. Enjoying looking online and seeing what's possible.
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As your doing, shop around, get recommendations .. Be Careful, there are people that seem legit that will take your deposit and disappear..
Was one over near the airport- south end of whitestone bridge (norris bridge on Rapp)
Not 100% sure but believe he ran his scam out of a rented hanger there at airpark.
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Old 10-28-2018, 05:39 AM
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It may be farther than u want to go, but we got our hardtop done by OCEANVIEW MARINE WELDING near Atlantic City NJ. I did a lot of research and these guys are as good as it gets. same hands on owners for many years, very knowledgeable and very skilled. We have had it a couple years now and could not be happier. Ask for Steve, you will not be disappointed
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Old 11-04-2018, 02:55 PM
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I think something like this could be cool. Not sure if itís 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?
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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
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Old 11-04-2018, 03:45 PM
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I could build it for you, but I’m 4 hrs away. I’ve built quite a few towers with a similar setup over the years.
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