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Old 01-22-2006, 06:44 PM   #1
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Hello all, I am new to the forum and a recent new owner of a 1980 24ft Skipjack w/flybridge. Glad to see a site like this and look forward to reading and posting here.

I am looking to enclose the flybridge and install some rod holders on top of this enclosure. Anybody know of a direct bolt on tower for these boats? and are they expensive? or should I look for something used? as usual money is tight. What is my best option? Thanks!
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Old 01-22-2006, 10:31 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard Tom.

You might want to ask Mokahehteh here on the board about your project. He just finished putting a tower on his boat recently and he knows composites.

Lot of good people here with a wealth of information.


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Old 01-22-2006, 10:56 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard Tom

Congrats on the new boat,the Skipjacks are good solid boats.

Hard tops and inclousure are clostly and usually have to be custom built unless you can get a used one and modify it to fit.

Looking forward to your fish report!
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Old 01-24-2006, 02:32 PM   #4
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Welcome to the boards, have fun!
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Old 01-25-2006, 09:35 AM   #5
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Welcome to Moment of fame 380tom

Congrats on your new ownership. I'm sure you'll enjoy it
Looking forward to your post
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Old 01-30-2006, 08:54 AM   #6
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Hello all, I am new to the forum and a recent new owner of a 1980 24ft Skipjack w/flybridge. Glad to see a site like this and look forward to reading and posting here.
Thanks!
We're glad to see you here too. It's nice when you get guys like yourself seek to contribute to the boards vs. coming here just to read reports, gather info and slip away silently. Lookin forward to some and reports.

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I am looking to enclose the flybridge and install some rod holders on top of this enclosure. Anybody know of a direct bolt on tower for these boats?
All the towers I've seen are custom ones. Call Tom ROgers at Saltwater Specialties in CM. His number is 949.548.3474. Maybe he has used ones that he can modified. Check around. Used towers sometimes (kinda rare) pop up for sale. The few times I've seen em for sale is when the owner decided to go with a fiberglass pilothouse or Hawaiian cabin. If I were you, I would make a mold for a pilothouse/Hawaiian cabin and build it myself. I was gonna do that but I found a smokin deal on a decent tower. Good luck and keep us posted. If I find something, I'll let you know, so check back.

PS I live in ORange too. LOL

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Old 01-30-2006, 08:38 PM   #7
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Well after taking possesion of the boat the previous owner let me know that he had all new canvas for the Flying Bridge to fully enclose it. So I think what I'm gonna do is just get an aluminum bar/rack that goes across the back of the bridge to mount the radar and pole holders for now. I'll wait to see if I come across a hard top or not? I think this setup will be great for now, and besides I need to get out on the water!!!!!! Happy fishing to everyone and appreciate the responses. Looking forward to the Fishing reports and Boat B.S.
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Sounds like a good decision to just add a radar arch since you alreay have a full enclosure.
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Old 02-05-2006, 09:17 AM   #9
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Yeah! Radar arch. That's the word I was looking for. Quick update. Got 4 new batteries and replaced the stock points ignition with an HEI unit.......Almost ready to get out and fish!
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Got 4 new batteries and replaced the stock points ignition with an HEI unit.......Almost ready to get out and fish!
Cool
Bet ya can't wait to get out on the blue pond
Looking forward to some of your future reports.
Be sure to have a camera on board when you head out .
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Old 02-05-2006, 07:47 PM   #11
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Yeah! Radar arch. That's the word I was looking for. Quick update. Got 4 new batteries and replaced the stock points ignition with an HEI unit.......Almost ready to get out and fish!
I carry 3 group 27's batteries so 4 batteries is even better
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