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PHROLIC
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Posted: 10 April 2005 at 9:23pm | IP Logged
A company called Taylor Made makes the bubble type camper
enclosure. We are looking to buy a 33 Sundancer and it only
has a sloping enclosure. Those bubble tops look so nice and
no aluminum poles.

Any of your out there have experiences with these you can
share? It's about a $2,800 investment so we want to be sure it's
worth it.

Thanks
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Posted: 11 April 2005 at 6:10am | IP Logged

Our best friends have a fastback enclosure on their new Chaparell.  I beleive that it greatly restricts headroom at the rear seat.  They have talked several times about replacing it with the more traditional squared off camper enclosure.

By the way, they do have aluminum poles which must be installed in order to put the top up.

However, with styling, it is each to their own.

Edited by gmarker on 11 April 2005 at 6:11am
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Posted: 11 April 2005 at 5:44pm | IP Logged
Thank you very much!

That surprises us. We thought they would have head room. Maybe not!
Didn't realize they had poles either.

We have a squared off one on our 268 Sundancer and we love it. It has
the eisenglass (sp?) and screens so we have a choice.

So next will be to seek out a good company that custom makes a camper.

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I switched over to the camper top also.  It is a great investment, especially in a smaller boat.  It gives you a lot more space.  We weren't able to use the back seat with our other top either.
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Dream 'Inn..

Now are you referring to the original top that slopes in the back, or did
you actually have one of those Fastback "Bubble Tops" one can order
made?

On our present 268 we have what's called aa Full camper, that was made
for it.... straight sides, screen or clear and a zipper door, etc. We love it.
But we've wondered about those bubble tops and know they are
expensive.
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Posted: 13 April 2005 at 12:42pm | IP Logged

Phrolic, my original top sloped back from my front bimini, not allowing to sit in the back seat.

I have the full camper, which was made for the back now.  I guess maybe I've never seen the bubble type top, or just hadn't payed enough attention.  Do you happen to have a picture?  I'm quite curious now.

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I looked at the Fastback for my 37 Sundancer.  Link to their web page for pics below:

http://www.taylormarine.com/fastback/

My conlusion was that for the price they charge you can have a custom full camper designed and made.  Keep in mind that the Fastback is attached to your aft shade.  If your aft shade is in poor shape, you should have it replaced (additional cost)

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I am also interested in a Fastback enclosure.  I have a 340 Sundancer.  You lose about 1/3 of the cockpit area because the aft curtain slopes from the bimini top to the transom.  The bench seat is virtually unusable with the curtain up. 

I am hopeful that the Fastback enclosure will meet my expectations, but am hesitant to shell out the $2849 to find out.  I showed my local canvas shop a picture of the Fastback and asked if they they could make a comperable product.  The ability to totally remove the enclosure, including support rails, and store it in a small (48") case is a desirable feature. 

I was told that the cost to make a camper top would be comperable to the cost of the Fastback enclosure, and I would end up with aluminum framework that would be difficult to store.

I'd appreciate feedback from anyone who has (or has seen) a Fastback enclusore on a 340 Sundancer. 

 

Only 3 weeks until splash day!!!

 

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we have a fastback on our 280/290 chaparral sig. back seat semm to have ok  headroom. the best advantage for us is the small storage pkg with no full size frame to deal with.
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I also have a new Chap290 with the "fastback" enclosure. I am 6' and can sit in the rear seat with enough headroom to be comfortable. A few newer Sea Rays in my marina, including a new 36' Dancer, have had the fastbacks made for their boats and love them. Ours has two arched poles that connect to the bimini frame down to the top of the transom.
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A dockmate with a 33 Dancer has the Fastback and loves it. I actually like the looks, but I know it's a personal preference thing.  By the way it seems odd to me, that Sea Ray's do not come standard with  a rear camper enclosure like most brands. Or at least some kind of canvas setup that allows an adult to actually sit in the transom seat area. But I suppose they make to much by offering it as an "option".    
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It makes the boat look pregnant... or maybe like it has a beer belly.
Edited by Rauzer on 20 April 2005 at 5:54pm
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Do you guys with the camper backs leave them up all the time (when not using the boat), or do you substitute a fastback or some other cover?  Are you comfortable that these are able to stand up to the strong winds of a thunderstorm or an all-night rainstorm?

 


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