In a nut shell I am going to have a Hard Top fabricated in Florida
for the 410. The more that are produced the cheaper it will be. 10 would be the magic number to get a considerable price
break. I'm looking for interest in joining a GROUP BUY.
The construction of the hardtop for the Lagoon
410 shall be made of fiberglass
consisting of laid up fiberglass
. The finish shall be white in color, glossy, and smooth on the top side. A nonslip texture shall be infused within the mold
process giving a clear indication of walking areas. The underside will be a slight texture with a painted surface since the mold
process will be for the TOP PORTION ONLY*.
Structurally the HT shall be mounted on the existing frame utilizing ďCĒ brackets fabricated and provided by the fabricator. Additional mounting support shall be built into the HT so slight variations in framing can be accounted for and the HT can be securely mounted.
The HT shall incorporate the following features.
2.Textured nonslip walking surface on top
3.FIXED Plexiglass ďsee thruĒ hatch
4.A means of securing a windshield to the front edge of the HT (to be determined)
The HT will mount to the existing frame work. Any and all additional supports and fabrication the owner wishes to add are not included however the HT will work and be supported by the existing structual frame work.
Fabrication shall be in Florida
and pick-up there.
World wide at Buyers expense.
*The process for a top with smooth finish top and bottom would require a second mold, layup
and joining the 2 pieces together, basically doubling the cost. The finish would be somewhat smooth but not to the same quality or gloss as the top of the HT. Since this is above an exposed framework this was not a concern.
*Iím looking at 2 other options but only one will go into the production.
Sliding Plexiglass in a track
This is a basic spec and Iím looking into options and interest. Understand that this is a replacement for the Ragtop and much safer and stronger however items such as lights, speakers, and such incorporated will not be considered as a base of this design. My main concern is Structural Integrity, Ascetically pleasing, Functionality, and Cost.
To that last point Iím trying to keep the cost under $5,000 US per unit. Possibly cheaper with more interest since the mold cost will be offset.
1.Verification of dimensions from several interested parties. This is to insure that Lagoon
fabricated the frames to within some type of standard and a means to insure that others later can verify before purchasing
that the HT will fit as designed. This can be done prior to any deposits or fabrication.
2.Verify fixed price
and fabrication schedule.
3.Commitment to purchase
deposit given to Fabricator.
4.Once the specs are finalized and deposit given fabrication will begin.
The Fabricator is well known in the business, producing tops for a number of other boats and Iím sure we can have a local owner in Florida check on progress. Believe me I donít give any money
out until I have a VERY warm fuzzy feeling but Iím committed to replacing my ragtop with something safer and much better looking.
Understand that the more interest we have up front the cheaper this will be. 10 is my goal however if we get more it could help in offsetting the startup costs. Once the prospective buyers get on board we will go to Email
. This is going to be posted at several boards to get as much interest as possible.
All comments welcome.
Steve in Solomons MD