Center console fishing boats are selling at an all-time high. With the increase in boats, there is an increase in boat accessories, and there is no upgrade more popular for a center console than adding a T-Top. It used to be that if your boat didn’t come with a T-Top, you had to spend thousands having one custom made and installed by a professional. Nowadays, you can purchase a high quality T-Top fairly inexpensively that is universal and can be installed with minimal tools and experience. Let’s go through the benefits of adding a T-Top to your boat.
1) Shade (and lots of it)
Most T-Tops provide an enormous amount of shade. Nothing is more miserable than getting fried while sitting in the boat all day. If your weather is anything like it is here in Houston, then you know how important it is to protect yourself from the suns ultraviolent rays. Your boats OEM Bimini provides shade, but it usually does not give you enough room to fully stand up. Even then, it must be removed while traveling over 35 mph or trailering. A T-Top provides you shade that does not have a speed limit and does not require you to duck while you stand under it.
Extra Bonus: A T-Top provides you a safe place to stand when it starts to rain (we have all been there).
Let’s face it, we all love our boats. Who doesn’t want to improve their boat and make it look better? A well-made T-Top will complement the look of your boat. Some aftermarket T-Tops are even made to look OEM, or better than OEM, without the $6,000 upgrade that the dealer was asking for. For example, our Pro2 T-Top can be ordered with an anodized frame, white frame, black frame, and a different color canopy. The variety of styles and colors available are sure to give your boat the esthetic look you are going for.
3) Mounting Equipment
Chances are you bought your center console boat for fishing; it is the world’s oldest and largest sport you know. Adding a T-Top provides you many options to mount antennas, extra rod holders, lights, and speakers. Extra rod holders will let you get more rods in the water, mounting an LED light bar on the front will allow you to see at night, and speakers will allow you to direct music directly at you (the driver). You can even choose to mount a navigation light onto your T-Top so you don’t have to always remember to put that annoying pole light in the back.
Storage on a boat is very important especially if you have a large crew. Coolers, life jackets, bait, fishing equipment, it all adds up. There are many options available for you to add storage to your T-Top. One of the most popular is a fiberglass electronics box such as this one. It gives you tons of room to keep all of the important stuff you don’t want to get wet. It’s even a safe place to put your cell phone, so you don’t have to hear your wife calling you all day. There are also companies that make storage for your life jackets that connect underneath your T-Top.
5) Resale value
There is no doubt that a T-Top adds value to a boat, hence why it’s a $6,000 option on a new boat. With the increased demand of center console boats, people will pay a premium for a well maintained center console, especially one with a quality T-Top. With the cost being at an all-time low for T-Tops, there is no better time to buy. All of our T-Tops come with step-by-step instructions that are extremely easy to follow. The adjustability factor allows them to mount on various size boats and consoles and still look awesome.
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