hard top wanted

Discussion in 'Sport Yachts/Yachts' started by aquaholic, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. aquaholic

    aquaholic Member

    69
    Jul 7, 2009
    new jersey
    37 express cruz, 3126 cats, all new garmin electronics,
    3126 cats
    I have a 2000 sea ray 37 express cruiser, i am looking for a factory hard top, for my boat, boats were built in florida, 1997 to year 2000 will work, if anyone knows of one sitting somewhere or has any leads on where i can find one i will pay a finders fee, any info would be greatly appreciated, thank you nick
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2018
  2. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Confusing. You have one or want one?
     
  3. aquaholic

    aquaholic Member

    69
    Jul 7, 2009
    new jersey
    37 express cruz, 3126 cats, all new garmin electronics,
    3126 cats
    im looking for a hardtop, for my 37 express
     
  4. Blkbird

    Blkbird Active Member

    222
    Jul 5, 2010
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1997 Sea Ray 450 Sundancer
    Twin 3126 CATS
    How many times have you posted this on the board?
     
  5. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Contact Scott, the owner of Swim Platforms, Inc. www.swimplatforms.com. For a while they were looking at producing hardtops along with platforms. I don't know where that project ended up but he may still have molds.


    Shawn
     
  6. aquaholic

    aquaholic Member

    69
    Jul 7, 2009
    new jersey
    37 express cruz, 3126 cats, all new garmin electronics,
    3126 cats
    thank you i will look into it
     
  7. aquaholic

    aquaholic Member

    69
    Jul 7, 2009
    new jersey
    37 express cruz, 3126 cats, all new garmin electronics,
    3126 cats
    how many times have you read it, is this a trick question
     
  8. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    I couldn't remember it earlier but Scott's last name is Samuelson. He is a Sea Ray guy....
     
  9. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    I can't see why an aftermarket company would build molds and set up production for an item with extremely limited application and demand.

    There was a 370EC owner in our marina that ordered the last hard top Sea Ray produced before destroying the mold. The cost was about $15K installed. Where is the payback, other than you just want one, because adding $15K to a 20 year old boat, usually doesn't increase the market value anywhere near that much.

    The other factor is that for a swim platform, the platform is added to only one surface on the boat so there are no fit issues. A hard top is a different animal because it must fit between the side walls of the cockpit. The boat mentioned above is an example.....the hard top was added in 2001 to a 1998 model boat and the top came no where slose to fitting. Perhaps the boat had relaxed, but there was a huge gap on each side of the hard top that had to be filled to get a decent fit.

    I thnk your best bet is to continue searching for a salvageable used hard top because sourcing a new one is going to burn up time and won't yield a new top.
     
  10. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Frank, I know/knew Scott Samuelson. My old '89 340da was his originally and he ordered it when he was still a factory Sea Ray employee. When I was last in his shop and getting a tour Scott showed me several projects they were working on and one was hardtops.

    Look at all the boat models they make platforms for. They don't have a mold for each one. They have several molds for the platforms and the molds accept an additional mold that matches the transom of each model of boat. If you ordered a platform for your 1996 450da they would pull the mold for that size boat, attach the mold for the '96 450da and make your platform. They were looking to do a similar type of fabrication for hardtops. As I said, I don't know if they dropped it or not. My guess is they did as there is nothing on their website but, maybe they still have the capability to do one....if someone is willing to pay.

    Now, that said, I agree with you about putting a hardtop on a boat of the OP's vintage. I can think of other things to spend $15-20k on a 20-year old boat.

    Shawn
     
  11. aquaholic

    aquaholic Member

    69
    Jul 7, 2009
    new jersey
    37 express cruz, 3126 cats, all new garmin electronics,
    3126 cats
    well to answer your question, i have upgraded alot on this boat, it has two low hour 3126 engines, this boat regularly goes to the canyon, for day trips and over nighters , a hard top would provide me with a platform to mount rear faceing rod holders and lights high enough to illuminate the deck while fishing at night. also front u zips would no longer drip water while being sprayed in 5 foot tight chop, and to buy a 37 to 40 used foot sport fish express would cost me upwards of 200k and then a complete electronics package, as most of you know the 33 and 37 wide body searay was built for more than just wine and cheese, and i have been looking for a used one for a while now, i know their is a used one sitting somewhere just cant seem to find it yet, my fear of building one is that fit will not be acceptable, unless someone does the research to copy's a original, which i got the impression that scott could do, he seemed very confident, thank you sea-ray members
     
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  12. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Have you thought about looking into having something custom made for you through Atlantic Towers (they're in NJ)? They do much more than just aluminum arches. I'm not trying to sway you away from Scott S - just offering another choice. I'm not sure if Atlantic would be able to produce an "original" hard top, but for your purposes maybe you want something more custom? I have a "regular" hardtop from them on my Grady, but I've seen some of their high end work and it looks very nice/upscale.
     
  13. tdschafer

    tdschafer Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    I'd love a hard top too but, they would have to raise my arch at the same time or build over it because I would just keep smashing my head on it!! Lol
     
  14. aquaholic

    aquaholic Member

    69
    Jul 7, 2009
    new jersey
    37 express cruz, 3126 cats, all new garmin electronics,
    3126 cats
    do you smash your head on your arch ?
     
  15. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    I saw one for sale with a tower. That gave it a hard top of sorts. Looked like a nice setup.
     
  16. aquaholic

    aquaholic Member

    69
    Jul 7, 2009
    new jersey
    37 express cruz, 3126 cats, all new garmin electronics,
    3126 cats
    the whole boat or just the tower and hardtop
     
  17. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    Do you have any good metal fabrication shops nearby? Maybe a car custom/restoration shop? If they're equiped for shaping it wouldn't be a very complicated job. Some boat arches/tops are painted aluminum.
     
  18. tdschafer

    tdschafer Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    The headroom clearance on my model 330 is not great. I'm 5'9" & have to stand to the left of the helm when running otherwise my head hits the bimini top!
     
  19. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    Yup. Common complaint on our gen of 330 with the raised helm deck and low arch. Not a biggy for me. I run seated most of the time.
     
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  20. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    Whole boat. Google and you will see. There are a few of them. Actually looks like a great offshore set up for someone that is not a die-hard.
     

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