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    Hi All,

    Thinking of adding a canopy to the back of my boat. Thinking to use it for sleeping and camping when out on extended hunting trips.

    Would love to see some pictures of some tops to see what they look like.

    Thanks!
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    This is the best photo I could find at the moment. You'll have to look beyond the bear to the boat in back. I had Silver Streak off of Dimond Blvd put a full camper top on the back of my Hewes Sea Runner 220. Although they are a little pricey, they did a fantastic job. We go out overnight all the time now. Changed the way we use our boat.
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    Go to the Northway Mall lots of pictures.

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    Thanks OneRound, I talked to Silver Streak last week. Would like to get it done this fall so I am ready for Spring bear! Sleeping three people in the cab last spring was a little tight!
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    I bought my boat with it on there. But SeaULater on here was the prior owner and had it built at Spenerd Upholstery in Anchorage. I have seen tops built by Silver Streak, Spenerd, Busters, and Tent and Tarp. All of them are very similar and work great. Make sure you pay for quality fabric. If you skimp here you will pay for it when it rains plus it will start to fall apart a lot sooner.

    rambling raven on here has the best designed top I have seen. I know he has posted a few pics of his boat. He had it done up in Fairbanks not sure what shop though.

    Also make sure it is a dark color so the sun will help warm up your interior!
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    About how much do they cost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska Gray View Post
    About how much do they cost?
    Sounds like $1500 - $2200 or so depending on options.
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    They are spendy buggers but well worth every dime they cost if you spend a lot of time on the water and or bring your family along!

    On our 22 footer my wife, the three kids, the dog, and I all fit and can sleep comfortably under the camper canvas and cabin. Its great being able to drive your camp around with you and not have to find a dry level spot to set the tent up. I think once I get used to having we will save a lot of fuel as well.

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    I put the new hard top and 2 "camper tops" on the rebuild this year. I travel from the warm interior to the wet sound throughout the year and wanted to have one top for all conditions. I wanted the poles in the rear out of the way so they didn't interfere with fishing. I wanted the back to easily move out of the way to allow full access to the rear of the boat for casting. Had custom canvas in Fairbanks put the top on and he was able to follow my primitive drawing well. The first top ends just in front of the motor cover with a back sealing off the boat at that point. The second top encloses the rest of the boat for those crappy days or keeping moose meat dry.

    My research said the fabric "Top Gun" was the best out there so I went with that even though I wasn't completely satisfied with the color selection.

    1st top on with back open for full access fishing

    Raincover on full access fishing while the front stays warm and dry

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    Back open (has 2nd drop cover to close back)

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    I love mine as well, what a great way to camp when Momma doesn't feel comfortable being out on the ground or where there are bears.
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    Nice. I might have to break out the cash for it.
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    Thanks all! I think I shall get it done this winter. Schedule is tight right now but once I get back from Deer hunting I think I'll take it in.

    Raven, boat is looking great. Rivers freazing up in your area yet? Talked to Mark the other night and he is pulling 4 weeks, he'll be ready to come home.

    Thanks again all!
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    Dman when are you going out for Deer?
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    Glad to hear that a few other folks have been trying to cram the whole family under the hardtop overnight. Thought we were the only ones to try to get four people inside a Sea Runner 220 overnight!

    Good luck with your addition to the boat. You will not regret it.

    The sad part is, now that I've got the nice camper on the back, we are now looking at something with a cuddy cabin. It only takes money, right?

    Good luck.

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    OneRound is the desire to have a cuddy cabin like the disease 2 footitis? If so I hope I do not acquire it anytime soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by broncoformudv View Post
    OneRound is the desire to have a cuddy cabin like the disease 2 footitis? If so I hope I do not acquire it anytime soon!
    That cuddy cabin disease is what caused Seaulater to sell you his boat. I told him he was crazy to sell it but the disease can be overpowering at times.

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    rambling raven I saw myself having the same problem and that is exactly why I bought his boat instead of a smaller more affordable boat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska Gray View Post
    Dman when are you going out for Deer?
    Nov 3rd. Planning on being out all week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMan View Post
    Nov 3rd. Planning on being out all week.
    Pm me on what is your game plan. I'm heading out Two weeks after you.
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    Bronc and Raven,

    What's it called when you have both cuddy cabin disease and four foot-itis at the same time? I'm coming down with it bad.....

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