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Offline woody

Building a New Top
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:45:16 AM »
I've been meaning to post this for "years" just came back to me.

When getting your top done, insist on the black plastic fasteners and couplers. Avoid the pretty shiny s/s expensive ones.

Reason:  Any trauma to your top, backing into the garage with top up, low overhangs, etc. will allow most of the damage to remain comcentrated to these fasteners and not the bows. Unfortunately the original Arima "peg" will still generate most of the force to your bows, but do what you can to make the weakest link the fastenrs, not the s/s bows. Talk it over with your canvas man. Easore to replace these then s/s bows.


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Re: Building a New Top
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2012, 07:11:00 AM »
Woody... Are you referring to fasteners as in Jaw slides and eye ends and deck hinges? using  Darelin nylon instead of stainless fittings?
not the snaps themselves.?.I assume..?

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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Building a New Top
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2012, 08:18:41 PM »

Good advice. I have a cheap plastic antenna mount. In my old age I have CRS and have hit it several times. The plastic teeth give and no harm done. I know if I had the stainless mounts, I would have damaged something.
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Offline woody

Re: Building a New Top
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2012, 06:59:02 AM »
Yes Gary.  The female receivers on the boat and the male ends on the bow ends.  Basically use thee "black nylon/plastics".  Simply believe avoiding s/s is best.  The nylon/plastic will beak and are easily replaced.  s/s won't and you end up putting some extra bows in your bows.  Even with the appropriate jig it's difficult to rebend to orignial configuration.