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Join Date: Aug/02/2001
Location: Lisle IL.
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Can anyone build me a complete hard top with a new windshield and all?


All the new boats have windshields that go all the way up to the hardtop and also have some center walk through windows as well.  My boat is a 1998 and the only thing that makes it look slightly dated, even though it still looks pretty darn new is the fact that it's just an express with a forward radar arch.  I've been thinking for some time about building my boat a new hardtop to mount on top of the arch kind of like a hat.  But lately, I'm thinking about building a completly new top with a windshield and all as part of it.  Anyone know a place that makes this kind of custom stuff?  I've found that it will cost between $4000 and $12000 to make just a hard top that will bolt on somehow but would never match the style of the boat. 

However, If I were able to build a complete new hard top for the boat that looked like all the new hardtops on all the new boat lines coming out I think it would make my boat look just about brand new!  Most of these boats are between 500k and 900k for the same basic boat that I have and also have that hardtop look.  If it cost me $50k to make the hardtop it'd still be a great deal because I'd have the look and features of a new hardtop on an older boat that looked really cool!

So, does anyone know of a company that can get me started or do the whole thing?


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DotComd DotComd
MySite has 25 pages
629 Videos
22945 Photos in 146 albums
2 Boats for sale

Join Date: Aug/02/2001
Location: Lisle IL.
Posts: 104

Can anyone build me a complete hard top with a new windshield and all?


A hard top is no longer in the plans for me.  I've found a company in Orlando Florida where I can send my complete eisenglass, bimini top, and side curtains and get them all replaced for a very reasonable price.  This company will take everything, and create an exact duplicate or, take my suggestions or rather requests and make me a brand new set.  When I get the final bill, I'll let you know what it ended up costing me.  But this I can say.  It should cost about 1/3rd of what all other estimates came in at. 


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DotComd DotComd
MySite has 25 pages
629 Videos
22945 Photos in 146 albums
2 Boats for sale

Join Date: Aug/02/2001
Location: Lisle IL.
Posts: 104

Can anyone build me a complete hard top with a new windshield and all?


The other issue that I couldn't get around was that a hard top, glass, and the rigging to make it all possible would cost a ton...  But if I did all that, the aft of my boat would have sat even further into the water because of adding at least a few hundred pounds or most likely more.   This while running and on plane would make the bow run higher and the stern deeper in the water and get worse fuel mileage.  In any case, I'll keep you all informed via this forum thread.


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Join Date: Nov/14/2009
Location: Oak Forest IL.
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Can anyone build me a complete hard top with a new windshield and all?


Try Landcraft Marine at 708-385-0717. My name is Harry Vopicka and I am a slave at All Seasons Marine and we have used them for fiberglass work and that is right up their alley.


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DotComd DotComd
MySite has 25 pages
629 Videos
22945 Photos in 146 albums
2 Boats for sale

Join Date: Aug/02/2001
Location: Lisle IL.
Posts: 104

Can anyone build me a complete hard top with a new windshield and all?


I just recently found a place that is going to do me a new canvas eisenglass enclosure for about 15% of the cost of everywhere I've found up here.  So for the 2010 season I'm probably going to stick with canvas. 

However, I will still investigate this to see what it would cost, whether or not it would look good and if it's really a feasable thing to do with my boat in one season.  You never know, I might be the only 40 foot express cruiser with a hard top that cost less than $500,000 anywhere.  These new boats all have hard tops.  I want mine to look like them.  Even if it cost me $20k to do, it would be way less expensive than to buy a brand new boat which would only depreciate faster than what I've got.

So thanks for the lead!


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