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23' Adventurer - New fixed top - Custom Marine Jax

Matt JornMatt Jorn Posts: 234 Deckhand
Howdy all!

Thanks for supporting our boat builds over the last few years on this forum. As you know the FishingNosara build team can't leave well enough alone, so we are ready to upgrade the top on our 23-foot panga Adventurer

We built this boat five years ago and after 500+ trips in the Costa Rican blue water, the bimini top is nearly worn out. This is the same top that West Marine sells for like 400 bucks, and it's fair to say we've gotten more use value than we ever imagined. 

With our bigger boats we have grown to rely on Custom Marine in Jacksonville to build custom tops and bow rails. The work they have delivered on our other boats are second-to-none.

For example:



For the Adventurer top we have a few unique challenges to overcome, mostly relating to the boat's small size. The gunwale are narrow, so we are compensating with thicker baseplates (3/8" instead of 1/4").

Also Troy and the boys at Custom Marine have tracked down a special order of extra-thick walled aluminum tubing.

In addition to the thicker materials, the top as a whole with be raked inwards. This triangulation will help distribute the forces evenly and hopefully prevent the sides from sagging. 

You can see that they have already bent the first hoop, and we will keep you posted here on the forum and at blog.fishingnosara.com as the top is completed, then take you on her voyage to Costa Rica and her new home atop the Adventurer

Stay Tuned!

Pura vida!

Matt Jorn


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