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  • NEED HELP ON HARD TOP

    I have a hard top on my 240 cuddy, it is real mushy on the underside seems like it has seperated from the core. the top side has a dip in the center where the water sits on it after it rains can i cut away the core and replace it. if so with what material. and how do i get the curve back in it i think i can handle the work. have put a few floors in old boats and done minor glass repairs. thanks
    1991 18 ft parker[br]previous mako 1989 240[br]1989 231[br]1974 20.... whats left of it

  • #2
    Yes you can make the repairs by just fixing the problem areas but it may be easier to just make a new hard top. There are a couple ways to do it. I made a cheap mold out of formica and particle board using some wood framing cut to camber. There is 3/8 inch core cell sandwiched between the layers of glass. Here are a couple pics and two links showing the construction. This was a easy project.

    http://www.casdvm.com/photos/Hardtop/index.htm

    http://www.casdvm.com/photos/SeaCraft%20Project/TOWER/





    Strick
    Oakley, California

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    • #3
      Strick, Can I ask where you sourced those cockpit lights?

      Very "starship" looking... []
      Capt Kevin ~~~><((((*>[br][br] 2520 MVSC \"Chesapeake Edition\"[br]Annapolis, Maryland[br]http://ClassicParker.com/

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      • #4
        Strick, thats fine looking work. Did you just gelcoat the mold and then layered over the wax? Might be dumb question but I'm willing to try this. Thanks.
        Past:[br]1988 Mako 230[br]1987 Mako 20C (best of them all)[br][br]1974 Mako 15[br]Miami, FL[br]

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        • #5
          Megabyte- The lights are great looking however the base that they attach to as already starting to rust a little...so I would not reccommend getting them...I got them from the place that did the welding for the hard top. I may have to have a aluminum base made for them or get different ones altogether.

          Micura- I used duratec sanding primer as my first coat on the waxed mold. My plan was to awlgrip everything in the end which is what I ended up doing.

          Strick
          Oakley, California

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