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Over the recent years, industry experts have noted that boating enthusiasts and professionals choose hardtops in favor of canvas top or soft top covers on their boats. While they’re pricier than the normal canvas top yachts, most consider the advantages of the hard top to be enough compensation for the money spent. At Foster’s Yacht Services, we’ve seen an increase in the number of hardtop yachts coming in. Canvas tops seem to a rarer sighting these days. We’ve always believed that hardtops are a good choice and are glad to see an increase in their popularity.
What are Hardtops?
Hardtops, as the name implies, are rigid roofs that sit on the top of the boat. The primary purpose of this roof is to provide you adequate protection from the elements. They’re more expensive than the canvas tops, which it why they weren’t as popular as canvas tops amongst budget-conscious boating enthusiasts. Today, people are simply willing to spend more money on boats and the most common feature they want is a hardtop.
What are the Advantages?
There are several advantages of hardtop roofs that make them a great investment. Yes, they might be more expensive and add a little more weight to the boat, but in the end the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Here’s a brief list of the advantages of hardtops.
- Protection from the Elements- One of the most obvious benefits of hardtops is the protection they offer from the weather and the elements. Hardtops are generally safer to take out into the sea if you plan to stay on the water for a long time. There are different kinds of hardtops you can install that offer different levels of protection. For example, some hardtops are just a sheet of fiberglass placed on top of the boat.
Others are boxed with glass windows that offer better protection from the elements. Hardtops allow people to use their boats in different kinds of weather. For example, if the heat of the summer sun becomes too much, all you need to do is get under the hardtop and you’re in a cooler, shaded area. Hardtops would also protect you from unexpected rain and keep you dry until you reach land.
- Clear Visibility – Another aspect of hardtop boats is that enclosed hardtops provide better visibility. In these boats, the console is wrapped on all sides with windows. That allows to you clearly see what’s in front of you even if the winds are high and the weather isn’t as great as you’d like it to be. Nevertheless, you get all round visibility that would help you see better.
- Longevity –No matter how expensive and good quality your canvas, the harsh exposure to UV rays and other such problems would eventually damage the canvas and you’ll have to replace it. The long term expense of consistently replacing the canvas will prove to be more expensive than installing a hardtop on your boat.
- Space- Provided you choose a hardtop that is strong and can bear weight, it can be used as a storage solution as well. You can store equipment over it. It can also be a place you can lounge on after placing a couple of chairs on them. You can also store emergency supplies or add rod holders, antennas, electronic boxes, etc. Essentially, it gives you valuable real estate that a normal canvas top wouldn’t be able to.
- Design- Today, boats with hardtops are more streamlined and sleek-looking. Few years ago, the hardtops used to look out of place on the boat. Designers focus on seamless blend of design and function in modern boats. Boat owners get the benefit of a beautiful boat design along with all the functionality that hardtops provide.
With so many advantages, the hardtops have become an essential aspect of yachts. The upfront money spent is definitely worth it. If you have any questions and suggestions, or want to hire our services, just give Foster’s Yacht Services a call at this number- 954 524 9098. You can get in touch with us by filling in this Contact Us form. You can also email us at[email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.