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Old 28 May 2014, 20:17   #11
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Yeah, 14' is max but I wanted some safety margin, as much as I could get.

I saw that top on the auction. That one folds I think. It harder with the diesel still under the console as it all needs to tilt, not a problem for me.

Outboard guy was working on ordering rigging today but was having part number issues with Suzuki. Hopefully Friday but probably not till next week. The new motor has been sitting in the yard for three weeks. Killing me.....

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Old 29 May 2014, 01:32   #12
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T-top mock up

Actually California regs say 13' 6" as recommended max with an absolute max of 14' and a requirement that you pay attention to low obstacles. The radome is 11" so I'll be just around 12', maybe 12' 6" with a bit of a riser so I can carry stuff up there

I'm not crazy about the trailer as I think it carries the boat a foot higher than other styles.

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Old 30 May 2014, 19:55   #14
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Probably a bit much to ship it across the pond but good to see somebody else has done similar.

I'm not looking at too much more than that for custom fabrication. As I have said before, as long as i like what the fabricator wants to do it will all be good
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I had a T-top on a 5.4 meter Avon. I liked the shade but not the extra wind drag. It also put a lot of extra stress on the deck. I actually discovered that I had a soft spot in the deck when the whole console went airborne at 70mph going down the highway. After putting in a new deck, I kept the T-top for a while longer, only with some breathable sun shade fabric, but eventually went back to a smaller console altogether to gain more deckspace.
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Good points. I have another 2 meters so I have some more space. Also we are looking at attaching the top to the console only to save floor space. The fabricator doesn't think I need to but I think we should tie it internally to the old Diesel engine mounts. Your story makes me think I should push for that. With electronics it's a good chunk of change riding up there.

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If you've already got the tie in points, may as well. I'm sure the fabricator knows what he is talking about, and the console should support it, but you have to think of the T-top as a giant lever attached to a sail. The it can generate a lot of torque that could lead to tiny cracks in the fiberglass and eventually give water a place to work its way in and maybe lead to delamination.

If you fish, it is nice to be able to have the rod holders and electronics up there. You may also need to tweak the pitch of your prop once you get it installed. I lost 2 mph on the top end, but I have a lot less power than you do.
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