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Old 19 June 2004, 00:12   #1
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"T" top

Ever heard of anyone putting a T top on a rib console successfuly?
I considered a regular arch on my rib but wanted the back clear for fishing.
So saw adverts for T tops for regular centre console fishing boats.
I do not intend to do any rough water "adventures", but was still concerned about if they would take the beating!
Seemed as though a canvas top(have seen fibreglass also) would give some shade and with a solid bar across could provide mounting for ariels/GPs etc.
Anyone have experience on this?
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Old 19 June 2004, 02:15   #2
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hi dal,
I have got a t-top on my zodia pro open 650. I haven't been able to do some serious testing. But the previous owner removed the cavas because he had to much lift. I vised some kite sites and saw that a kite of 2 m2 produces a lift of ca 100 kg in a windforce of 4-5.
If I then look at the contruction on the pic I think you have to be careful.

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Hi

I have a T'Top on my Bombard Rib 7.3m and so far touch wood have not had a trouble with it, even at speed. It is very rugged but does a good job.
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Old 19 June 2004, 14:05   #4
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hi, nauty buoy
What is the total weight of your boat and engine?
Do you even at high speed have no trouble with the T-Top? The previous owner of my boat claimed that the boat became slightly in unbalance when the boat came out of the water. This due to the lift he got from his T-Top.

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The weight of the boat is about 670kgs plus outboard at 215 kgs plus fuel which is a central 200 litre tank. I cannot say i have really noticed any lift, but then I often have about 4 people on board and a full tank of fuel which I rarely let drop to below half a tank. I will run the fuel down a bit lower, I am out most of next weekend on my rib so will try it out with less fuel also there will only be the two of us on it.

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Here you go. It was successful but always cold.
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Old 20 June 2004, 12:47   #7
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richard,
The weight of your combination is about the same as mine (pro open 650 + 150 optimax) even the construction looks the same The only difference is the amount of fuel ( max 120 litre). So I am very curious about your results specialy on high speeds.

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Thanks to all who replied;I can look into this a little further now as I was afraid it would be out of the question.
Rene,you brought up a point with lift though, that I hadnt considered,so will be interested to check that out more.
Mauri buoy-you have a very solid looking set up there.Was it custom made for you or available from a supplier?
jwalker -the larger size of yours would I have thought exagerated any lift issues,so if you have had no problems then maybe it would work for me.
Seems from the photo yours is supported at the back as well as the front.(Hadnt thought of that approach, but probably safer for the larger tops)
I had toyed with the idea of making a t top framework with almost a "roller shade "type canvas that could be deployed once anchored.That way I could eat my snack and fish in comfort!
Will get out the drawing board and put some sketches down on paper.
Have to do something while waiting for my new boat!
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dal,
The T-Top on mine boat is a standard accessoir of zodiac. If you want to I can make some detail pic's.

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Rene,
that would be great if not too much trouble.
I checked out the zodiac website but couldnt find any T tops.
Seems if they are a regular accessory for zodiac you would expect them to be able to take the abuse in rough water. Will be interesting to see any photos (or if you do find a link to a website)
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I hope this works, here are some details of mine T-Top.
Let me know if you want more

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Nauti Buoy-you have a very solid looking set up there.Was it custom made for you or available from a supplier?
cheers Dal

I had it custom made to the same spec as the Zodiac just with 3" tubing. It is stronger so people can hold onto it.
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I think outhill sell T tops as well, don't know about the strength quality though just seem to remember seeing them on their site.
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Not quite a T top but at the recent sports and rib show there was a boat which had on it what could only be described as a large square unbrella with 4 ties onto the tubes.

Worked fine as a shade when stationary but might be a different story whilst moving.

Ment to get the name of the company - anyone seen them.

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Not quite a T top but at the recent sports and rib show there was a boat which had on it what could only be described as a large square unbrella with 4 ties onto the tubes.

Worked fine as a shade when stationary but might be a different story whilst moving.

Ment to get the name of the company - anyone seen them.

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Is this what you saw?

"Designed specially for yachts and motor boats. The 180 x 180 cms cover is made from showerproof UV-resistant polyester with four adjustable nylon tethers at the corners. The pole is also adjustable for height. Weight: 5.3 kgs


Dimensions in cms 180 x 180
Weight in kgs 5,3


Reference 407003 "

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Hello Rene,

I have a Zodiac 650, do you know from where I can get a T-top for it? I have searched the entire internet and cannot find any T-Tops for a side console as there is on the Pro Open 650.
Was wondering if you know somebody that has them.

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Hello Rene,

I have a Zodiac 650, do you know from where I can get a T-top for it? I have searched the entire internet and cannot find any T-Tops for a side console as there is on the Pro Open 650.
Was wondering if you know somebody that has them.

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I have tried however nobody does any aluminium anodizing in Malta.
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I have tried however nobody does any aluminium anodizing in Malta.
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