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#11942410 - 11/19/16 09:57 PM Looking for input on coastal T-top shops
gran86 Offline
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Anyone have any recommendations or feed back for custom T-top in or around Rockport/Aransas pass area or between there and DFW?
Considering using either DMR service, Blue streak Fabrication or Specialty Aluminum works. Looking to get a removable/foldable top that incorporates an ice chest rack off of front legs and a basic 3 step folding ladder. Any feed back or recommendations is appreciated.

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#11942750 - 11/20/16 09:11 AM Re: Looking for input on coastal T-top shops [Re: gran86]
Bob Landry Online   content
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Specialty Aluminum does very nice work. I don't know anything about the others you mentioned. It may be out of your way, but Glenn at Custom Marine Concepts in Spring did a T-top and shortie leaning post for my Seaark for a very reasonable price and they were works of art. I've also seen some of the work done by Coastline in Seabrook and they do very nice work.
As far as a folding or removable top, it would probably be very labor intensive and expensive so you are likely going to be stuck with one of the pre-fab ones. I had one on my previous boat and I was very unhappy with it.
The manufacturer may be a sponsor here but I will be happy to PM you about it and it's shortcomings if you are interested.
If you can live with a fixed top, there are some very good options out there.
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#11944335 - 11/21/16 08:17 AM Re: Looking for input on coastal T-top shops [Re: gran86]
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blue streak in corpus makes awesome stuff

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#11947733 - 11/23/16 08:05 AM Re: Looking for input on coastal T-top shops [Re: Bob Landry]
gran86 Offline
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I've seen some of the prefab companies reviews... I guess you get what you pay for. I am leaning towards Specialty Alum works. They are a little closer and very reasonably priced. I'm still open to others but most closer to the coast seem to be more costly

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#11947968 - 11/23/16 10:19 AM Re: Looking for input on coastal T-top shops [Re: gran86]
BODA Offline
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closer to the coast, more experienced marine fabricators, higher price.
but i actually spoke with a fab shop in the DFW area about some custom aluminum work and the labor rate was 150/hr

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#11948732 - 11/23/16 07:30 PM Re: Looking for input on coastal T-top shops [Re: BODA]
Bob Landry Online   content
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Originally Posted By: BODA
closer to the coast, more experienced marine fabricators, higher price.
but i actually spoke with a fab shop in the DFW area about some custom aluminum work and the labor rate was 150/hr


Not necessarily. There is more competition on the coast and that keeps prices reasonable. I got a T-top and leaning post from Custom Marine Concepts for $700 less than the guy at the lake wanted for just a top. Shop around.
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