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Old 12-11-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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Saw One of These New hard Tops

At the Christmas boat parade. Looks nice and i like how it allows light through, but you can't mount anything to it if you don't have an arch.

http://hardtotop.com/
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:08 PM   #2
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I wonder how light they are. Not very good looking but if ther'e light enough would be a great top.

Mount your "arch" to something lower.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:22 PM   #3
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Can't be furled in a blow... not interested.
Ugly on a trawler too IMHO
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:08 PM   #4
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I may be wrong but didn't someone on the forum recently install something like this???
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:21 PM   #5
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:01 PM   #6
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The guy gave me a sample of the material and it was lightweight, but looked like corrugated plastic. For my money I would still go with a glass hardtop.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:16 PM   #7
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I'm very familiar with the Coroplast material they're using. It isn't UV stable and will degrade and become brittle in a few short years of exposure. Cheap to replace, but just something to know going in.
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Ugggggggggggggglyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Capt. Chuck just installed one on Trawler Beach House.

The Trawler Beach House: From A Fabric Bimini To A Hardtop In One Day

I am not a fan of the look either.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:33 PM   #10
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Yes we did and we really like it much better than our old fabric bimini.

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Old 12-11-2012, 10:01 PM   #11
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Yes we did and we really like it much better than our old fabric bimini.
I would like it better if it were YELLOW. Trawler Beach House needs a YELLOW TOP!!!
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:26 PM   #12
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I know. We considered that but the fabric just doesn't last very long down here. Chuck
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:02 PM   #13
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THAT'S IT! Sorry all, I was looking in the forum for a story I read on Chuck's blog.

I'll gladly be in the minority and say I like it.
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I think it looks ok, especially if there was no other coloured canvas to clash with, so to speak. However, in our part of the world, I would be a bit worried as to how hail proof it was - what say you Cap'n Chuck..?
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I'm very familiar with the Coroplast material they're using. It isn't UV stable and will degrade and become brittle in a few short years of exposure. Cheap to replace, but just something to know going in.
There are grades of PCSS that are used for green houses, sky lights and roof windows. I have to believe that Hard To Top is using one of these.
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Just the thing for those who want their trawlers to have that trailer trash look. The hardtop concept is a great idea, but this particular execution leaves a lot to be desired.
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Just the thing for those who want their trawlers to have that trailer trash look. The hardtop concept is a great idea, but this particular execution leaves a lot to be desired.
Really? Did you look at the pictures of the Sequoia?

I'm not saying that I love the look but I did look at the system. The cost of the original install is not bad and if it lasts more than five years without replacing any panels it beats the hell out of Sunbrella. It also has the advantage of having side panels like a canvas top attached as well.
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Just the thing for those who want their trawlers to have that trailer trash look.
This is completely uncalled for!
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:54 AM   #19
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I noticed that the two rude comments came from posters who had 40 and 44 posts.

I guess they haven't learned to play nicely in the sandbox.

One of the guys from our club put a cover like that on his boat. I think it looks OK and serves the purpose of keeping them out of the sun.
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I really don't consider Beach House trailer trash and neither does the reflection of hundreds of positive comments we get everywhere we go. Looks do matter to us but we are actual cruisers and not dock queeens so functionality and longevity sometimes mean as much or more than just looks. When we're sitting in the Bahamas or on the Great Lakes I don't want to be replacing or resewing canvas and now I won't. I don't have any concern about hail, I doubt you can break this stuff or dent it without using a heavy sledge hammer. To each his own. Chuck
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