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Flybridge question 18 Sep 2007 03:46 #1

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Has anyone made a plexiglass slide cover for the top of the ladder going up to the flybridge? If so would you be willing to share your plans as I would like to install one to allow light and keep the rain out of the cockpit of my 4788? Thanks in advance for any help!

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Flybridge question 18 Sep 2007 03:58 #2

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Here's a couple:

One I made out of a plastic called 'Vivek':

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A windstorm blew it down to the cockpit one day and it shattered.
Since then, I made one from 1/4" white Starboard.


Another I've seen:

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Flybridge question 18 Sep 2007 04:02 #3

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Also note that Boaters Discount Center makes a very nice slider out of StarBoard for both the 47xx and 45xx. You can get more information at www.boathardtop.com

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Flybridge question 18 Sep 2007 04:04 #4

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Found another place that makes nice sliders:
http://custommarineaccessories.com/hatches.htm

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Flybridge question 18 Sep 2007 05:43 #5

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Nice idea . I plan on doing the same I was thinking of adding a hinge.

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Flybridge question 18 Sep 2007 08:39 #6

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CM,

I decided that the best way to go, for me at least, was a hinged hatch. Here's the link to the old site under 'Projects'

http://p076.ezboard.com/4788-Stairwell-Hatch-Modification/fbocwebfrm26.showMessage?topicID=751.topic

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Flybridge question 18 Sep 2007 18:20 #7

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RobertSchommer;69680 wrote: Found another place that makes nice sliders:
http://custommarineaccessories.com/hatches.htm

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Robert,

I perused this website and I'm wondering if this is not another name for Boaters Discount Center. Checkout the pictures - one from Boaters Discount Center's website and the other from Custom Marine Accesories website. The shape of the hatch cutout is different, but the guys inside look like identicle twins. At first I thought it would be nice to have two companies competing, but maybe that's not the case.

Do you know if these are indeed separate companies?


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Flybridge question 18 Sep 2007 18:48 #8

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I have one like Roberts that was hinged with no hasp for securing. It likewise blew in the cockpit during a big storm (didn't break) and I have since reattached it and secured it with a hasp lock.

Darby

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Flybridge question 18 Sep 2007 21:27 #9

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I'm pretty sure that Boaters Discount is essentially a retailer for other companies for the hardtops and 'add-ons'. I'll bet that Boaters Discount hires (or resells) the work of Custom Marine Accessories.

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Flybridge question 19 Sep 2007 17:47 #10

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I have seen a cheaper way to go, although not as desireable. I saw a 4788
with a simple Sunbrella cover snapped in place over cockpit ladder opening.
You could also use a Sunbrella frame with clear Eisenglass so the light gets
through without the rain.

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Flybridge question 20 Sep 2007 06:10 #11

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i have a Sunbrella cover with aluminum bows to shed the water so it doesn't puddle in the middle of the convas. I think it works very well. Easy to snap on and off. Can release the front elastic hooks quickly and it folds back so I can see the lower corner of the boat from the upper helm in back in docking. I think the Sunbrella cover may be more desireable that a sliding or hinged panel.

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Flybridge question 20 Sep 2007 06:29 #12

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I have a Sunbrella cover with aluminum stays bent to keep the water from puddling in the canvas. It snaps in the rear and has elastic cords with hooks for the front. I think it is very functional. Easy to put on or take off. Easy and quick to release the shock cord hooks to have a view of the starboard rear cockpit for stern-in docking. I believe it to more desirable solution that a sliding or hinged cover.

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Flybridge question 20 Sep 2007 07:01 #13

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Mine has a sunbrella cover but with a loop in the middle with a strap attached
that I attach to the rail above it to pull it up and keep the puddling out.

Cheers,

Mark

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Flybridge question 21 Sep 2007 18:40 #14

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I built a sliding cover out of 3/4 starboard. I didn't like the way that the hatch slid out past the hard top in the hatch made by boaters discount. I cut mine in two and used a piano hinge in the center, so that when I pull it back to the edge of the hard top, the front half folds back on top of the rear half. I have also placed a pin in the hatch to lock it in the closed position, for both security and safety. I can stand on the hatch when loading and unloading the tender. If anyone would like some pictures let me know.

Alan

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Flybridge question 21 Sep 2007 23:12 #15

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Yes, I would love pictures and any tips on construction.

Regards,

Mike

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Flybridge question 22 Sep 2007 14:26 #16

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RobertSchommer;69908 wrote: I'm pretty sure that Boaters Discount is essentially a retailer for other companies for the hardtops and 'add-ons'. I'll bet that Boaters Discount hires (or resells) the work of Custom Marine Accessories.


Rob _ You are correct. Here is their answer to my email asking if they were affiliated with Boater's Discount Center>

"We are affiliated with Boater's; we generally wholesale to them and do installation work for them, however, we also work directly with customer.
Thank you for your interest."

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