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blackandgold posted 05-22-2003 05:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for blackandgold   Send Email to blackandgold  
Boat is an OR 22'. I have a feeling a new OEM frame is going to be around $800 when all is said and done. Was looking at an Atlantic Towers T-Top for around $1800. Anyone have any feedback on their product? Ultimate goal is to get a T-Top, but that was to be 2-3 years down the road. Thanks in advance for any and all input...
estalker posted 05-23-2003 01:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for estalker  Send Email to estalker     
We have an atlantic tower on our 42 hatteras.We are out of atlantic city newjersey-not 100% sure same company??If it is we have had 3 seasons-welds look great and finish exactly what we wanted.We would definetly use them again.Good to work with and responsive.
Whalerdan posted 05-23-2003 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
Where did you break it? I broke mine one evening while trying to push the boat into the garage with it up (long day on the water if you know what I mean).

Anyway, it broke on one of the vertical legs. I went and bought some new tubing then cut the broken tube just below the bend. I did this so I would have to bend the new tube. Then I sleeved the ends of the new tube to the cut off on the old one with another tube that I found with the proper OD. The joint is up under the fabric and you can't even tell unless you pull it back.

Whalerdan posted 05-23-2003 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
ment to say "would NOT have to bend". Also, total cost was about $40-50.
Whalerdan posted 05-23-2003 01:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
One more thing. Used some small SS screws to hold the joint together.
blackandgold posted 05-28-2003 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackandgold  Send Email to blackandgold     
Both vertical supports broke due to water weight. I bougth a tarp from Wal-Mart to keep her covered and thought by keeping the bimini up I would get less or no pooling water. Wrong move. I just bought an OEM frame through Twin Cities Marine. Total cost around $450 incl. shipping. Apparently Mills makes everything as it is ordered so I might have to wait a month or so to receive it.

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