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    Default Anyone build a removable hard top for a "John" boat?

    I'm looking for ideas, pics, & tips.
    Want to build a removable hard top for river hunting trips for a 21' Koffler guide model flatbottom. Don't remember the width right off but I think the bottom is around 60". It's heavy alum.
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    If you find one, I would be interested in seeing it.

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    Nida core/foam and fiberglass top light as your going to get. Should make a nice sail! !

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    within reason I'm not too worried about weight. I have a nice wirewelder & would like to use light steel ( don't have capability of welding alum) for a frame & maybe 1/4" ply for a skin?
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    Contact Deweys Cook Inlet and see what they do on their SeaArks. They do cabs and windshields. I know SeaArk does factory stuff but also sends those things to dealers, and I belive Deweys may have stuff made locally. Start there, and there is forum sponsor welding shop too. I live in Southeast so don't know off the top of my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sobie2 View Post
    Contact Deweys Cook Inlet and see what they do on their SeaArks. They do cabs and windshields. I know SeaArk does factory stuff but also sends those things to dealers, and I belive Deweys may have stuff made locally. Start there, and there is forum sponsor welding shop too. I live in Southeast so don't know off the top of my head.

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    Thanks guys. looking mostly for pictures & ideas. I have the resources to build it myself.
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    Most of the ones I see on the Yukon are plywood, wood or metal framed. Seen some that used old trucker campers on top with plywood to extend them up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    Most of the ones I see on the Yukon are plywood, wood or metal framed.
    That's kinda what I'm thinking... Would like to see some pics of what others have built. I'm a visual kinda guy!
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