28 Northern Bay New Hardtop

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  1. Silverfish

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    Back in May I purchased my first downeast boat. I found it on the found boat section of this forum. I wasn't interested in the boat at first but when I looked at it I saw the potential to be what I want. After some back and forth and a survey I was able get the boat purchased. This past season I put about 110 hours on the boat with little issues here and there that I expected on a boat I didn't know anything about.
    So this winter I brought the boat to Alantic Service in Far Rockaway NY to have all the work done. After talking to them a few times in person and to others that know their work, it left me comfortable to use them for the project. The plan is to turn my "bass style" boat into a hardtop, new windows, simrad electronics, and fix a few little things that came up in the past season with the boat. The drawing of the boat is something I put together to get an idea of what I would like the boat to look like when it is finished.
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    Good luck looks good with the hard top , but I think it looks good both ways. Always liked the bass boat style , watched that boat for sale for over a year. The hard top is a little more practical in colder weather and for mounting of accesories. But I am not a fan of it being closed up or a winter back, drop canvas is good for that.
     
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    Thank you, I agree I like the bass boat style, but for my needs I do like the hard top to mount items and to keep me protected. As of now I am leaving the back of the house as a drop curtian. I like to be able to open the entire back during the summer, it makes the boat feel bigger than it is. And for the radar mount, I'm having a custom one made up to mount the radar, 2 vhf antennas, a gps antenna, anchor light, and possibly a spot light.

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    I went from a Blackfin Combi hardtop with the plastic canvas wrap around above the skinny windshield. No more of that none sense.
    junk all the canvas....you;ll enjoy the hardtop !!!
     
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    The crew there will get you fixed up right. Had some work done there this past summer.
     
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    Hi There, I found this post interesting as I am on a similar path although we're two winters away from a similar project. I looked at your boat seriously enough to call the seller in May. I'm glad it has been a positive decision for you thus far. We wound up going with a Muscle Ridge 28, still a bass boat, however with a hard top supported by aluminum tubing. The top at the helm is 6'0", I'd like to raise it to 6'3" or 6"4" as well as make the two side windows and the center windshield venting. It's a shame as all the windows are beautiful Diamond Seaglaze, however, all fixed and too hot. Did you design the house in your drawing of have some help from a pro? It looks very good. I'm curious if there are accepted parameters to house design, for example "how tall is too tall" in relation to the height / length of the hull? I will be interested to see who you select as a glass fabricator and what your approximate costs for the total project entail. I believe I have the skills to do the glasswork & carpentry myself, although as we get closer to our project I will certainly entertain having my yard or possibly the original builder take a look at doing the work for me. Best of luck with the project and I will look forward to seeing pictures.
     
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    To be honest, I'm winging this hole process, I found a great shop to do the work. The sketch I drew is want I the boat to look like, I just had the means of a computer program. Your sketch looks really good. But as you mentioned the height is an issue, if I where to have the hard top built straight off the top of the existing windows I would then have a height of 6'-0" as well. The goal is to have a head of 6'-2" to 6'-3". The shop is supposed to call me in a week or so when the hard top is all glassed before the sides are built to play with the height to get the look and headroom right. I also have diamond seaglaze windows, unfortunately I will be replacing all of them, I think the shop has a company they like to deal with for windows. I just gave them the go ahead to order from them, I forget the name they said.

    But hopefully by mid April the project will be "finished" (no projects are finished)
     
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    Good people at Atlantic Service , done my work also. Good luck Look forward to finished product.
     
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    The main issue that came up on survey when I purchased the boat, when the boat was built the builder used wood to space out the hull and top deck to raise the shear to get the motor below the deck. They covered up the wood on the outside with the rub rail. This wood was rotted, so the shop replaced it with starboard, this way I won't have to worry about it in the future.

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    Surprised they didn't use Coosa board.
     
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    same here John.
    I wonder what the weight difference is between starboard and coosa.
     
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    Bet it wasnt a weight concern but a $$$$$$ concern
     
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    I'm thinking the Starboard would give the screws a little more grab then the Coosa would, when the rubrail is replaced?
     
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    I'm assuming that's the reason the shop went this route, also the top deck gets screwed into/ through the starboard as well
     
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    true....
     
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    The weight of the starboard is not that bad, it's only 2.25" tall and 2" deep and goes around the entire boat. I'm figuring it adds 200lbs. I'm not sure what the wood weighted, but I'm more concerned with the weight of the hard top and everything else I'm adding to the boat to work for my needs. I really don't want to loose to much speed.
     
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    Some of my electronics came in today, still waiting on a few more items. I will be heading down to the boat tomorrow morning, they started to build the roof and sides.

    Steve

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    I stopped down at the boat today, they just mocked up a rough roof for me to get an idea of the height. We decided to make the head height in the wheel house 6'-4"(what is shown). It's going to make the wheel house look alittle tall but with taller windows, and the tall bow rail it should look good. They are going to starting fiberglassing this week. The sides will be made out plywood and the roof will be foam. The plywood there now is just temporary.

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