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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This year, the average new wakeboard boat is between $100,000 and $200,000. For most people, this is unaffordable. There is a large amount of boaters trying to get bigger wakes from their boats without buying a new wakeboard boat. The truth is, you do not need a brand new wakeboarding boat to get a pro-level wake. How do you think the pro wakeboarders did it 10-15 years ago? These 5 simple tricks can help you get a bigger wake from your boat without breaking the bank.
1) Fill up your fuel tank
Filling up your fuel tank before boating is always a good idea. Not only does this give you the maximum amount of time to spend on the water before refueling, but it also adds more weight to the boat. For a 40 gallon fuel tank, this equates to almost 250 lbs of weight. That extra waight can help the boat sit farther down in the lake and diplace more water.
2) Bring more friends
Bringing more people on board while wakeboarding can quickly make your wake bigger. People = free weight. Maybe you can even convince them to chip in for gas.
3) Adjust your trim/wake plates
Maybe your boat has a trim plate or a wakeplate on the back of the hull. While results vary from hull to hull, on inboards I find that I can produce a larger wake with the trim/wake plates all the way up in the fully retracted position. On I/0's (inboard/outboards) I find I can get the best wake trimmed all the way down or almost all the way down.
4) Adjust your speed
Are you riding to fast or to slow? The typical wakeboard speed is 21-22 mph but this can vary greatly from boat to boat. The best way to find the correct speed to produce the biggest and cleanest wake behind your boat is to ask the rider to give signs about the speed. For us we use thumbs up to go faster, and thumbs down to slow down. Having a cruise control system (such as Perfect Pass) will allow you to maintain your speed very easily providing your riders with a consistant wake every time.
5) Add ballast
If these things are not enough, consider adding ballast to your boat. Ballast bags allow you to weigh your boat down by filling them with water from the lake. Each ballast bag typically weighs between 350-550 lbs. They are filled using pumps that can be thrown overboard to fill the ballast bags with water. When you are ready to empty the bags, simply attatch the pump to the bag, and place the discharge hose over the side of the boat. Ballast bags can also be plumped into storage areas of your boat and controlled with pumps that fill from thru-hull fittings underneath your boat. If your boat is already equiped with a ballast system, you can even "piggy-back" the bags from your existing pumps/tanks.