Think “Holy Grail”. Many have tried, most have failed. Possible, but plan on 6 to 10 grand and lots of failed adventures before any possibility of success. Will have to be found used or there are aftermarket options.Looking at grady 228 and 232 for sale. Is it feasible to add a hardtop to one of these models? I relize it wouldn't be cheap. Would a person have find a used hardtop or is it something that can still be bought new?
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I agreeThink “Holy Grail”. Many have tried, most have failed. Possible, but plan on 6 to 10 grand and lots of failed adventures before any possibility of success. Will have to be found used or there are aftermarket options.
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If your heart is set on a boat with a hard top, my recommendation is hold out until you find one already together.
More than I want to get involved with, ThanksA couple of things come to mind. First is cost, this won't be cheap and if you go to anyone far away you have to deal with shipping cost which will be high. WMM is NC is the factory supplier, they can make one that will definitely fit the boat and look stock. You have to ask about shipping and mounting. You likely want backside access for backing plates vs screwing into fiberglass and maybe wood or coring material. Not sure if these are installed prior to hull, deck joining or not.
Next is a local a pipe shop. The negative is that they likely don't know the boat , will design custom (which could be good or bad) and will have to come up with a pipe design that stands the test of time. Access could be an issue too. No easy answer.
This is spot on.If I wanted a hardtop, I would buy a boat with hardtop, end of story. If you are thinking that you will save money buying a vista top then adding a hardtop forget it it will end up costing you more unless you make one using ally tube then put a canvas on top even then by the time you make front and side clears....
Agree, this is a can of worms but if you are going to do it, a professional is required.Many of us have tried to find the holy grail only to come up short or never to be heard from again . LOL
After all the research, post reading, commenting, photo comparisons, etc , I have found only one place (other than custom) that looks to be the place that will have what we seek.
In full disclosure - I have yet to speak or see any individual that has gone this route.