Instead of a grab bar on the back of a cooler, how about a t-top

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Instead of a grab bar on the back of a cooler, how about a t-top

Post by Capt UB » Wed May 23, 2018 12:45 pm

Instead of a grab bar on the back of a cooler, how about a t-top for tiller boat?

Bimini tops get in the way, t-top with seat in front and electrics in the top.... \

You could install rocket launchers on it....

It would give you some shade...

No helm, just floor/sole mounted...
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Re: Instead of a grab bar on the back of a cooler, how about a t-top

Post by Jaysen » Wed May 23, 2018 12:47 pm

wouldn't it make a lot of the tiller boats top heavy?

i think the exception would be the beamy types but that's a lot of high steel.

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Post by Capt UB » Wed May 23, 2018 1:19 pm

Jaysen wrote:
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wouldn't it make a lot of the tiller boats top heavy?

i think the exception would be the beamy types but that's a lot of high steel.
I was thinking the same, but made with light weight (but strong) aluminium?

Yes, with the rocket launchers and electronics, it would be heavy...

I don't think there would be that much weight aloft... If only the top, just like a bimini top, only taller and less wind resistance.
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Re: Instead of a grab bar on the back of a cooler, how about a t-top

Post by Jaysen » Wed May 23, 2018 1:38 pm

Other possible detraction... casting. Also a problem with bimini.

I would think a carbon tube filled with foam would be ideal for weight. also using a roll up top to reduce wind effect for moving. mount electrics a bit bit lower for visibility and lowering of COG.

Seems like it could work. Not sure I'd try it, but ... why not?

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Post by OrangeQuest » Wed May 23, 2018 2:16 pm

Could do a 9' single pole patio umbrella. I use a 60" golf umbrella all the time and take it down when moving or the wind picks up. Can use a pedestal seat mounting bracket to stand it up in.

You are talking a structure that can not be removed very easily.

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Post by Capt UB » Wed May 23, 2018 3:19 pm

OrangeQuest ;)

I think between fairing and sanding.... I'm going to build a T-top out of PVC and see how it looks, NOT WORKS.

The FS14 is a big enough boat to handle a t-top.

As for casting, I would be on the bow or aft deck.

Hell if a LT25 Gheenoe can have a poling platform!!
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Re: Instead of a grab bar on the back of a cooler, how about a t-top

Post by Eric1 » Wed May 23, 2018 3:43 pm

Why don't you guys try carbon fiber to make a lightweight T-top?

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Re: Instead of a grab bar on the back of a cooler, how about a t-top

Post by Capt UB » Wed May 23, 2018 3:48 pm

Eric1 wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 3:43 pm
Why don't you guys try carbon fiber to make a lightweight T-top?


I would, but I can make an aluminum one for 2/3 less. My damn CM tiller ext. put me back $ 250 and it's only 34" long!

It would look cool... It would have to be another color, black would be too hot!
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