Grand Rivers, Ky
Model/Year: 22 / 1977
Hailing Port: Ky Lake
07/04/2005 4:21 AM Pacific Time
Has anyone ever retrofited a non-poptop c22 (72') with a pop-top? Can it be done?
Boat Name: Twilight Zone
Hull No. 15546
Hailing Port: Melbourne, FL
07/05/2005 5:04 AM Pacific Time
You have a boat where the top deck does not leak. Count yourself fortunate that you do not have a pop top. You could cut a big hole in the overhead and try to find a top from someone parting out a poptop model. Why go to all that trouble and expense for 1 foot of head room?
If you really have a burning desire for a poptop, sell your current boat and buy one with a hole in the roof. There are plenty of boats available. I will sell you mine for the right price.
rothesay nb canada
Boat Name: all hours
Hull No. 4928
Hailing Port: rothesay yacht club
07/05/2005 7:03 AM Pacific Time
very intersting topic on the pop-top.just got home from 2 nights afloat with a couple on a mirage24 (new to it) had a blast,especially the food.the pop-top makes cooking on a little boat FUN. passing drinks and snacks around is a snap and our company noticed it as well.moving up to a bigger boat some day but can't see a boat this small without the POP-TOP.
MY 2-CENTS WORTH.
Hull No. 12030
Hailing Port: Shoreacres, TX
07/05/2005 9:29 AM Pacific Time
I have a pop top. I don't see a retrofit making sense. Its my guess that there is extra reinforcement around the hole to support the pop top as well as a lip all around.
I'll bet you are better of just trading with someone who has a pop top. Most racers avoid them.
Gabriola Is BC
Boat Name: Scruples
Hull No. 95
Hailing Port: Gabriola Is BC
07/06/2005 9:35 AM Pacific Time
I've been thinking about making my pop top semi permanent, with lexan sides and front, and a cloth back.
It would come apart so I couls close the pop top for crossing open water, but almost all my cruising is in sheltered waters where the problem is not enough wind (Gulf Islands, BC, Canada)
Before the avalanche of "don't do it! The boat will get knocked down and sink" comments, let me say I've lived aboard and sailed various vessels in these waters for over 35 years and done a bit of offshore stuff, as well as built several boats up to 30 feet. I downsized to a C27 and downsized again to the 22.
Has anyone else made panels for their pop top? Any constructive comments or ideas?