Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-05-2023, 12:07 PM   #1
Newbie
 
City: Bellaire
Join Date: Jan 2023
Posts: 3
Beneteau ST 42 - hardtop

Hello. Any experience with replacing Bimini top with a hardtop?
FREX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2023, 12:09 PM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
Comodave's Avatar
 
City: Au Gres, MI
Vessel Name: Black Dog
Vessel Model: Formula 41PC
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 18,052
Welcome aboard. We have put several hardtops on boats but not that particular boat. The company we used for two of them is out of business. We used Atlantic Towers for one and it was top quality.
__________________
Boat Nut:
If you are one there is no explanation necessary.
If you arenít one, there is no explanation possible.
Comodave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2023, 07:46 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
lipets's Avatar
 
City: FL
Vessel Model: Benneteau Swift 42
Join Date: Jun 2019
Posts: 453
I did it, but hurricane took it away.

Now put the frame back on re-enforced a bit for solar panels and ordering new canvas.

A hard top is big for this boat about 10x10, to have that fab up expect $7,000 plus
lipets is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2023, 09:42 PM   #4
Newbie
 
City: Bellaire
Join Date: Jan 2023
Posts: 3
Do you mind sharing photos of installation of posts.
FREX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2023, 09:45 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
lipets's Avatar
 
City: FL
Vessel Model: Benneteau Swift 42
Join Date: Jun 2019
Posts: 453
https://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/...4&postcount=22
lipets is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2023, 10:12 AM   #6
Guru
 
Pete Meisinger's Avatar
 
City: Oconto, WI
Vessel Name: Best Alternative
Vessel Model: 36 Albin Aft Cabin
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 2,589
I wouldn't do it. Two reasons: What about when you want the sun? They offer a lot of "sail" area which might effect docking and be a pain in a storm.

pete
Pete Meisinger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2023, 12:26 PM   #7
Moderator Emeritus
 
Comodave's Avatar
 
City: Au Gres, MI
Vessel Name: Black Dog
Vessel Model: Formula 41PC
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 18,052
As to the sun, some of us have had multiple surgeries to remove skin cancer. The hardtop helps us from more sun exposure. And they donít add much more sail area than a bimini. Our never stopped us from docking.
__________________
Boat Nut:
If you are one there is no explanation necessary.
If you arenít one, there is no explanation possible.
Comodave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2023, 01:00 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Xlantic's Avatar
 
City: Mahůn, Menorca
Vessel Name: Halcyon
Vessel Model: 1973 Grand Banks 50
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 430
I replaced my bimini with six 1 x 2 metre panels that serve as a hard-top.

At less than €200 per panel they were not much more than Sumbrella and gave 2kW of power which allowed me retire my ancient Onan.
__________________
Gilberto
Xlantic is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Trawler Port Captains
Port Captains are TF volunteers who can serve as local guides or assist with local arrangements and information. Search below to locate Port Captains near your destination. To learn more about this program read here: TF Port Captain Program





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:37 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012