Cracked t-top advice/suggestions
Went out yesterday and noticed when cleaning the boat there were 2 cracks on the tubing of my top. The time before last we went out it was pretty rough and I noticed the 3 screws/bolt that hold the front of the top to the console became loose. Before we went out yesterday I tightened the 3 bolts up pretty good and put some locktite on the nuts before we left home. The seas weren't anything crazy but we had a few good jolts, nothing out of the ordinary. My theory was since I tightened the bolts back up that with the motion/side movement of the top instead of transferring all the way down through the console it broke at these two points. I've had the boat a little over a year and honestly cant say if the bolts were SLIGHTLY loose before, but who knows. Going to have to get some quotes and see what it will cost to fix. Any theories on why it happened all of a sudden after 20 years? Best ways to repair? Just seems odd after tightening those three bolts it happened to crack but who knows. Hoping some good welding repair will do the trick. And yes all that excess 5200 is from the previous owner.
One more thing i was thinking is I have t-top shade extension that hangs about 4ish feets back. It bounces around constantly when moving but I'm wondering if since it hangs off the back if the movement of the whole top is increased more so. Almost like using a cheater pipe on a stuck bolt if that makes since. Possible stressing things out more by adding more leverage.
Any reccomendations for repairs? I don't mind getting it repaired and just touching up the sections. I won't looks pretty but my boat isn't a show boat anyways.