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T-Top for New 170 Montauk?
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posted 11-14-2002 01:26 PM ET (US)
I saw an older Montauk with a T-top. It was like a oversized postage stamp but did help. Has anyone thought about, considered, or had a T-Top for the new 170 Mauntauk? Any other thoughts about a T-Top on a boat this small?
posted 11-16-2002 05:08 PM ET (US)
I've considered them, but cost is obviously one factor. Roughly $1,000 or more. Can't put the boat in the garage. Can't put a canvas cover over the boat, without a lot of trouble. Can't take it down in the cooler months. Not as much coverage as a Bimini. The only two advantages are they look cooler than a Bimini and you can fish around the boat easier. Temporary link to photo of Montuak with a T-Top
posted 11-17-2002 08:42 PM ET (US)
If you trailer your boat--and most Montuaks are trailered--consider the wind loading of driving down the highway at 70-MPH with a large T-Top frame and canvas on your boat.
Further, I don't think you will find any special reinforcement in the hull or deck for attaching such a structure.
posted 11-18-2002 07:48 PM ET (US)
If you could find a good local T-top/radar
builder you could work with him and custom
design a top to fit your 170.
It should be smaller than a standard size
top which is 5ft by 7ft. and not as tall.
Make sure you use a experienced marine
builder.Proper bracing and pipe size is
I prefer the T-top because of all the
shaking and boucning of biminis.
I know of someone in the St.pete/Tampa
area if that would help.
posted 11-20-2002 02:32 PM ET (US)
Man you don't even want to think about how bad a T-top will "kite" a montauk. I have one on my 20 Hydr-sport and it can ruin your day, especially while docking. You will also freeze when it gets colder out. Get a good bimini, keep the t's for 21+ boats.
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