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NICKVANN posted 05-07-2006 05:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for NICKVANN   Send Email to NICKVANN  
I've searched the forum with little luck.
I'm looking for information on adding a T-TOP to a nantucket 190. I am considering purchasing one soon, but would love to hear about the results of adding a T-Top first.

Here are a few questions:

1. Were you happy with the result?
2. How much space is left on either side of the console for people to walk by?
3. Is there a way to mount it properly?

Last but not least, does anyone have any photos of a Nantucket with a T-Top?

Thanks very much!

bsmotril posted 05-07-2006 05:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
The first thing you should do is go to and look at the on line diagrams showing where there is wood or metal backing plates embedded under the deck and in the console. You'll need such backing plates to mount the top to. When you know what your mounting options are, you can get more specific with the top. It will likely require a custom fabrication. There are plenty of good shops that do such work. Knowing your location would help direct you to one in your local area. BillS
highanddry posted 05-07-2006 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
When we were in Destin we saw a Nantucket 190 outfitted with the Smith Industry T top. Looked perfect and just right size. I do not and do not plan to have a T top. We like our bimini since we are divers more than fisherman and prefer the larger sun coverage of then bimini. BUT, obviously for fishing the T top offers advantages and a well fitted one looks super sharp on a Nantucket/Outrage 190. J
Mambo Minnow posted 05-07-2006 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
You should check out Ship Shape TV archives...John Greviskas owns a Nantucket and his wife wanted him to add a T top. It was an episode 1-2 years ago.
NICKVANN posted 05-07-2006 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for NICKVANN  Send Email to NICKVANN     
Thanks for the info...
I would love to check out the Ship Shape Episode, but I don't think they have them online.

I'm currently looking at purchasing the following:

- 2005 Boston Whaler Nantucket 190
- 150 Mercury Verado
- Swim Platform
- Cooler seat option
- Smartcraft Systemview
- Currently has Bimini Top installed, but strongly considering T-Top options.

I have a cottage on georgian bay (ontario). I purchased a Campion Explorer 492 five years ago. It's a really nice center console boat, but not well suited to the rough waters of georgian bay.
Add some wind and medium chop to your day of boating, and all I can say is WET!

I have been looking at Whalers for years, but didn't want to throw down the money required for a new one.

I purchased a 1998 210 outrage with a 2001 Mercury Optimax 225 for $32,500 CAD last year.

Part of the deal was that the owner would keep the boat until late june, when he was moving down to the states. Between the time I purchased the boat and delivery, he sold it to someone else (they convinced him to sell it to them for more $$) I did get my money back, but it was an awfull experience. I could have taken him to court, but it's just not worth it.

Now I'm looking at the nantucket becuase of it's lower price... A new 210 outrage with motor is out of my price range.

So, back to my main point, if anyone has pics of a Nantucket with a t-top I would love to see them.


Perry posted 05-08-2006 02:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Perry  Send Email to Perry     
I am waiting for a local shop to fabricate a T-Top for my 190 Outrage/Nantucket. He has 2 boats in front of me so I am hoping I'll have the T-Top on my boat later this summer.

I saw a ad in the Marketplace forum a while back for a Nantucket with a T-Top. I asked the seller for a photo and he sent me one. He said it was custom made. I think somewhere on the East Coast.

Sal A posted 05-08-2006 03:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
I was searching for that, Perry; nice catch.


Considering where you boat, and your concern about a wet ride, you may want to consider the Mills forward shelter. You can put it down when fishing, but it makes an already quality, dry boat even drier.

Here is an old link to one with the Mills Shelter:

NICKVANN posted 05-08-2006 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for NICKVANN  Send Email to NICKVANN     
Thanks for that photo...
I think the Top works well on that boat?
Someone had mentioned that the top makes the boat unstable... but I can't see that being the case...
Anyone have any experience?
jimh posted 05-08-2006 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Georgian Bay is located roughly at latitude 45°N. Even at the peak of June's solstice, the sun's elevation is never more than about

90 - 45 + 21 = 66°

in your region at local noon. This is in contrast to more tropical regions, where the sun can be directly overhead. It is in those regions that a T-TOP seems to be most sensible. In northern areas, I think I would equip the 190 OUTRAGE with an all-weather canvas system.

alb1661 posted 05-08-2006 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for alb1661  Send Email to alb1661     

That T-Top looks great. Would you know were on the East Coast it was made? It look's like the boat is from Alabama.



jbtaz posted 05-08-2006 05:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for jbtaz  Send Email to jbtaz     
You can actually get the top from Boston Whaler (as a part). Your boat has the identical console as the 210 Outrage.

Another recommendation is Atlantic Towers.

NICKVANN posted 05-08-2006 06:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for NICKVANN  Send Email to NICKVANN     
Being able to use an existing top would be great, but would a top designed for a 210 Outrage land properly on the mounting pads in the floor on an Outrage 190?

I'm going to take a look at the difference in pad placement between the two. Not sure if I'll be able to tell from the drawings though.


nydealer posted 05-08-2006 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for nydealer  Send Email to nydealer     
The 210 Outrage and 190 Nantucket/outrage share the same console. The 190 has mounting blocks in the floor but whaler does not offer the top for safety/liability reasons. I think The blocks in the floor of the 190 are actually bigger than in the 210.
NICKVANN posted 05-08-2006 11:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for NICKVANN  Send Email to NICKVANN     
What safety issues would there be?
nydealer posted 05-09-2006 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for nydealer  Send Email to nydealer     
with a smaller boat it is possible for the boat to roll over. Many people on this forum will tell you it would be fine, and many companies offer tops for smaller boats. Whaler build themselves as a safe boat and trys to keep there boats that way. I would have agreed with the others that this could pose no real problem but, I have watched a 17' boat equipped with a t-top roll over. Several things had to be timed just right but if it happened once, it could happen again. I think the combination of boats over 21' and 8'6" wide is what Whaler looks to for safty in tops. If you do install a top, I would install Trim tabs along with it.

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