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alohacam posted 11-13-2003 06:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for alohacam   Send Email to alohacam  
I just bought a 87' Gaurdian 18'. The boat is in great shape in and out. I would like to ad a t-top. I do NOT want to have to drill any holes in the boat! I have seen a t-top mounted to the C.C.. I am willing to have one custom built and it does not need to be large.(4x6)It also will not need to hold rods but I would like it to support the outriggers. How will it effect the proformance and will the C.C. be able to handle the stress?
Any help would bring much Mahalo. (many thanks)
WHALER27CC posted 11-14-2003 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for WHALER27CC  Send Email to WHALER27CC     
I think that it may depend on the console .Most of the T-tops you see bolted to consoles these days are bolted to ones that were constructed/spec'd to have tops bolted to them. That said, most Whaler consoles I dont think can really handle T's bolted to them. I have mine bolted to the floor and as much as I hate drilling holes its the best way. The key is to use a LIBERAL amount of sealer in the holes, you shouldnt have a problem.The weight,wind factors, and topheaviness will make it hard to do it right any other way. Others may disagree,but I am just going by how I did it.Good luck.
Tom2697 posted 11-14-2003 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
My neighbor almost lost his top AND console when his console ripped off the floor of his boat. He too didn't want to drill any holes into his floor. Now, he has quite a few holes to repair. Mount that top to both the floor and the console!
Crabby Mike posted 11-14-2003 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Crabby Mike  Send Email to Crabby Mike     

I recently bought a 1986- 25-foot Outrage. The T-top is only connected to the center console. It appears to be solid as I have used the T-Top as an assist to enter the boat from the dock as well as trailering the boat at 80 mgh. I did ask if it is common to have the top not connected to the floor and was told a resounding NO but watta you going to do? :-)
Would you like a photo?


Tom2697 posted 11-14-2003 12:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
Some people attach the T-Top to the console and then reinforce the mounting points inside the console. This allows the full strength of a floor mount but still allows the walk-around room around the console. Is it possible this was done to your boat?
Bigshot posted 11-14-2003 01:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I have a pipewelders t-top on my Hydra-sports and my friend makes custom t-tops & towers.....aint no way in hell I would mount one to the console ONLY. Only 8 holes to screw to the deck, use them.
alohacam posted 11-14-2003 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for alohacam  Send Email to alohacam     
Much Mahalo guys. I am not shure what to do yet. The console on the gaurdian has twice the amount of screws holding it down. I live a short distance from the boat ramp, so I will not be trailering at high speeds. I just need a little shade when fishing. I will not need much as far as size. Any thoughts?
Crabby Mike posted 11-14-2003 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Crabby Mike  Send Email to Crabby Mike     
I think Tom is on to something regarding reinforcement; my T-Top is (at least appears to be) solidly attached to the Super Console.
Aloahcam, I was very concerned about the T-Top when I bought the boat because it is so unusual not to have it attached to the deck. It appears to work, is it the best way to mount a T-Top; probably notÖ can it be done? Yes, at least thereís one example.

There are members here with years of experience and could give a more informed opinion and as Whaler 27 and Bigshot point out the consoles are not normally designed to totally support a T-Top.

This boat is new to me and I am still working out the mechanical bugs before attacking the cosmetics so I donít have many hours with it on the water. I hope Tom is correct in that my T-Top was reinforced and has the full strength of a deck mount; I do have my doubts but Iíve decided Iím not going to worry (too much) about it.


alohacam posted 11-14-2003 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for alohacam  Send Email to alohacam     
Thanks Mike. Could you send me a pic.

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