I have a 16' Hewescraft that I use out of Seward and Deep Creek that I finally had to throw the soft top away on. Only a 5 year old top but I have been limping it thru for the last 2 seasons.
So the question is do any of you have a similiar size boat with a hard top? If so what is your take on it?
I know the soft top is cheaper but if its only going to last 5 years it would be worth it. Just not sure about the added weight or if it would make it top heavy.
If this thread works it shows one of the nicer conversions I've seen
I put a hard top on my jet boat 2 years back and it was like getting a new boat. Wish I had done it 20 years ago. No regrets - My boat is a little bigger than what you are looking fat doing but I am sold. Designed what I wanted and took it to a local welder and never looked back. I was worried about the added weight as well but it hasn't been an issue yet.
I have a good idea of what I want to do.
I think I might go with a Hard Top and Soft Sides as opposed to putting in windows. I think that would be the best way to save on weight.
Notice any problems with it making your boat top heavy or tipsy. I have a pretty wide beam for a 16' boat so I don't hink it will be a problem.
thanks for the responses guys.