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Old 12-30-2019, 10:29 AM   #1
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Installing a hardtop on a 2002 Pilot 34

I plan to install a hardtop on my 2002 Pilot 34 this spring. I have done some initial research and it appears Atlantic Towers can make one up for me. Does anyone have experience with installing a hardtop on the Pilot 34? Looks like a fairly simple install. The only drawback is that I am in Nova Scotia so shipping from the US may be a bit expensive.

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Old 12-30-2019, 11:58 AM   #2
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Are you just trying to duplicate the current canvas top in fiberglass which means the sides would still be canvas/Stratiglas or are you trying to duplicate the hardtop and fiberglass sides on the original hardtop Pilot 34. The latter would require much more fabrication, fitting work.


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Old 12-30-2019, 12:11 PM   #3
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Iím thinking of replacing the existing canvas top, not duplicate the hardtop version of the Pilot 34. Iíve attached a photo of what I hope to accomplish.
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Actually this is a more accurate photo. Posted the wrong one in my last post.
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we have a p34 factory hardtop. if i were in chesapeake and south i'd go with your solution. more air flow. in ne and north, i like the total enclosure plus no leaks.
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I had AT build me a custom hardtop for a previous boat. They do nice work. You can have them put keder aluminum tracks on the bottom of the hardtop which will make fabrication of the canvas simple. Shipping was expensive.
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we have a p34 factory hardtop. if i were in chesapeake and south i'd go with your solution. more air flow. in ne and north, i like the total enclosure plus no leaks.
I agree with the assessment about airflow needed down here in the South. I have the factory hardtop, but at least mine has the optional vinyl side curtains instead of fixed glass I have seen. If it gets just too too hot, well, at least on this boat, there is always the generator and the rooftop air conditioner to mitigate the oppressive heat.
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Like Rich's boat, our Pilot 34 hardtop had U zippered side windows. That worked pretty well to provide side airflow in the North Carolina area where we used the boat for a few years. But when we moved it to Connecticut and I had the side windows redone I left them solid, ie no U zipper. That worked well in the colder NE environment.


FWIW, that boat got a lot of spray on the windward side in any kind of sea, so we kept the windows closed while underway to block the spray.


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Just finished fabricating mine a few ago with solar, plan on installing soon


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Even in New England the hardtop with solid glass can get very warm in the cockpit. We have curtains which we put on when at dock/anchor and it makes a huge difference.
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