Adding a hard top vs bimini

RussGW270

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So, if you had a Grady without a hard top, and wanted to add one, where would you start looking for someone to make one?

I have looked at a lot of "t-top makers" and, honestly.. if I was to get one made, I would send them a picture of an actual GW top and say, "do exactly that".. because I am CDO (that is OCD in the correct order.. lol) and it cannot be un-done if it turns out "off" a bit ..

I am not sure if you can simply call up GW and ask for a hard top.. lol

Anyone have pics of ones they added after the fact?

R
 

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I would contact WMW Marine in Winterville NC and have them make you one, end of discussion!! They are the supplier to Grady-White.
 

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I would look hard for a boat that already has one. That is an enormous deal compared to adding one later. The Gradys have the hump and the electronic box, rods holders, a lot have riggers....buying that new is co$tly
 

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I may have found a 2004 Islander. It is a lot lighter, just as clean, but no hard top. The cost is the same all I have to do is find a hard top for it and I am real picky about it looking like a Grady heh
 

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Thank you, will call them tomorrow and see what it costs.

It may be easier and less and safer to do the islander vs sailfish and less to buy a top than pay to alter a brand new truck axle to a lower ratio to to more, that may not work anyway.
 
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WMW Marine is who made mine. I also just contacted them (as my boat is a 1984) and asked for a quote on more rod holders I can weld on to match existing. Jerry is the gentleman who helped me out. I'd recommend contacting them as well.
 

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I spoke to Jerry yesterday and then sent him an email with the specs that I wanted. I am sure it takes a bit before they can get a quote out for the older models...wish they would hurry...already bought three penn reels waiting bored lol. If it keeps up, may have to get the rods!;)
 
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So, if you had a Grady without a hard top, and wanted to add one, where would you start looking for someone to make one?
I asked the same question a couple of years ago right here.

Still VERY happy with my choice, I added an overhead box, spreader lights, and enclosure (very) shortly after getting the top done. I did that myself, had the guy that made the hardtop drill between pipes and give me an access plate. All wiring is internal and clean!

Best part (to me) is that it is custom. My buddy is 2" or so taller than me. I had my rod holders mounted slightly lower. I can easily pull out any rod or net that is up there. On his boat I have to stand on the fish box or cooler to pull a rod all the way out. Also the wiring plate was HUGE to me. I would have hated having any wire zip tied to the tubes
 

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I asked the same question a couple of years ago right here.

Still VERY happy with my choice, I added an overhead box, spreader lights, and enclosure (very) shortly after getting the top done. I did that myself, had the guy that made the hardtop drill between pipes and give me an access plate. All wiring is internal and clean!

Best part (to me) is that it is custom. My buddy is 2" or so taller than me. I had my rod holders mounted slightly lower. I can easily pull out any rod or net that is up there. On his boat I have to stand on the fish box or cooler to pull a rod all the way out. Also the wiring plate was HUGE to me. I would have hated having any wire zip tied to the tubes
So nice!

Yea, I had a brainstorm this morning. Already emailed Jerry asking what sort of lead-time they needed. If they do not need a major lead-time, instead of shipping the boat to my house, I can just ship it to them, let them install the new top, then ship it to my house.

Means I do not get to see it till after, lol... but, to get the quality and save money... should be worth it.

Hoping they can get to it. The alternative is shipping the boat and top to me and me doing it myself or paying someone not experienced with it :(

R

Man, your top looks sweet, btw.

No-one like PenWeld around me or the place that the boat is at currently, that I am aware of.