Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 23-02-2011, 08:47   #1
CCG
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 17
Canvas or Hardtop?

Hi all. I hope I'm on the right topic site. I own a 381 Chris Craft Catalina, 1989. The canvas is in fair condition, but the problem is, the visibility from the helm is terrible! While at the helm I can see just the top of the windshield and then the canvas starts. I had an estimate to have it reframed and with new canvas and eisenglass from the windshield up a few feet. I'm also considering a hardtop but not sure how that would change the appearance of the boat's lines. Anyone else have this problem? Anyone else able to resolve this problem? There is a pic in my album portfolio with me at the helm, so you'll see what I mean.

Any suggestions are welcome!, please! I plan to cruise up the intercoastal soon and want to have this done before the trip.
__________________

__________________
CCG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-02-2011, 11:47   #2
Registered User
 
Mardav's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: South Florida
Boat: 43' Vista Aft Cabin 'Victoria"
Posts: 91
Re: Canvas or Hardtop?

We love our hardtop, but considering the expense, I would be inclined to just raise the front of the top to increase headroom and visibility take a look at this one: 38' Chris Craft 381 Catalina Photo 1 photo
as an example of what I am talking about. Love those CC's.
__________________

__________________
Keep the dirty side down!
Mardav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-02-2011, 12:50   #3
CCG
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 17
Re: Canvas or Hardtop?

That's it! That is exactly what I want! I will need a new windshield though. I just paid to have it reset after I transported it by truck (had to take it off for transport). Do you happen to know of anyone who could do that kind of work and you would recommend? I have a 5k quote on just reframing and new canvas, but what I want is in the pic you sent. Once I get her renamed and restriped, she would look like a new boat.

LOVE MY CHRIS CRAFT!!!
__________________
CCG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-02-2011, 13:59   #4
Registered User
 
Mardav's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: South Florida
Boat: 43' Vista Aft Cabin 'Victoria"
Posts: 91
Re: Canvas or Hardtop?

You don't need a new windshield! The added clear part is included with and part of the canvas top (Eisenglass or similar) and just attaches to the top of the windshield you already have. $5K could be the right price or not, I can't say, the price on tops is dependent on the material used (1" or 1.125" stainless for frames for exampe) and number of windows. there are many fabrics with varying costs. We just had our enclosures replaced and chose "Stamoid" material but it was 20% higher than the "Sunbrella" material we had in the pas, so all that comes in to play. Just ask around the docks there are good canvas shops all over, I think.
__________________
Keep the dirty side down!
Mardav is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
canvas

« SIBs | LA to Hawaii »
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Considering Building a Hardtop Bimini SoonToBe Construction, Maintenance & Refit 11 27-02-2011 06:46
Windows for my Hardtop 3ringmike Construction, Maintenance & Refit 0 19-09-2010 10:40
Gemini 105MC Hardtop Size ? ArmyChief Multihull Sailboats 7 19-07-2010 05:21
Hardtop to Replace Canvas Bev & Bill Liveaboard's Forum 8 19-08-2009 22:47
hardtop captjohn360 Construction, Maintenance & Refit 0 06-03-2004 19:41



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:41.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.