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busted 15 posted 07-20-2005 02:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for busted 15  
any one have a pic of a T top on a 15 ft ,id like to fab one up for my 1994 dauntless ,just wondering how it would look
nydealer posted 07-22-2005 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for nydealer  Send Email to nydealer     
T-Top on a 15 is not a good idea. That would not be a safe performing boat.
Perry posted 07-23-2005 02:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Perry  Send Email to Perry     
Here is a pic of a t-top on my old 16 foor Dauntless. It was not a problem at all but the Dauntless 160 hull weighs 1500 lbs not including motor and extras.

busted 15 posted 07-23-2005 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for busted 15    
im not looking for a great big hugh T top just maybe a little version of one for the 15 ,what would make it so unsafe ,could you be a lil more specific,also that 16 looks great
where2 posted 07-25-2005 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
In case you missed it:
nydealer posted 07-28-2005 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for nydealer  Send Email to nydealer     
A T-Top has a lot of leverage on a boat. Wind will cause the boat to list to one side while you are running. We have an 18' with a T-Top on it. You have to be constantly on the trim tabs to keep the boat level. I have also seen a boat tip over from a gust of wind as it went over a boat wake at an angle. Perry didn't seem to have a problem with the 16 dauntless but there is a big difference between the 15' and 16' hulls. Don't want to scare you away from putting one on but I just want you to be aware of possible problems. Happy Boating.
thediscusthrower posted 08-26-2005 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for thediscusthrower  Send Email to thediscusthrower

There is one on e-bay now. I spoke to the owner recently. He got his from The website there also has a picture.


jimh posted 08-27-2005 12:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The stress from a T-Top usually requires special reinforcement at the point of attachment to the deck or hull. In most cases, you won't be able to reinforce the point of attachment due to the hull construction of the Whaler.

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