Custom hardtop

Ibejammin2

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I am picking up a 2003 Pro Line 20 walk in a few days that has a Bimini top that needs some work, before I drop the $$ on getting all new canvas made for the frame I am toying with the idea of having a custom hardtop made. I like the idea of having a more substantial frame on top to grab on to while going around the walk. I know there are "universal" tops out there by companies like Atlantic but was thinking I could get something a bit more form fit to the boat at a shop that makes them custom. I am in the SF bay area and having trouble finding a shop that might be able to do this kind of work ... if anyone has a lead on one id really be interested. Or any other suggestions .. Otherwise, ill probably stick with new canvas for the Bimini.

I did find one company call WhoDat towers but they are up in washington state.. a bit far for me to drag the boat. But that is they type of thing i am looking for.

Any suggestions or help id appreciate it.

Cheers!
 
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jayyyy

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When I wanted a radar arch I went through the same thing. It boiled down to towing to SoCal where there are fabricators or go with Atlantic towers. I went with Atlantic towers and have no regrets, they overbuild their stuff and it looks great.
 
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Fishbones

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If you are handy, make your own. Couple of threads on here of guys making molds from melamine panels
 

Ibejammin2

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If you are handy, make your own. Couple of threads on here of guys making molds from melamine panels
I really like the idea of making one, and I am definitely handy enough to do it, its really tempting cause id get a lot more satisfaction out of it, my biggest enemy these days is the time i get to dedicate to such a project... got 2 little ankle biters at home .. ya know. Hence why this boat gets used more than it gets worked on.. if i have an afternoon to myself these days its hard to pass up some fishing over workin on the boat.
 
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marlyn

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    Here is a thread from a guy in ventura who had a hardtop fabbed up,he used a pickup truck bed cover and it came out pretty damn nice.You would not know what it was unless you were told and it saved him a ton of money.
     

    Ibejammin2

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    Here is a thread from a guy in ventura who had a hardtop fabbed up,he used a pickup truck bed cover and it came out pretty damn nice.You would not know what it was unless you were told and it saved him a ton of money.
    I read through that post.. looks really good for what was used .. I like it!
     
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