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rstinge1



Joined: 08 Apr 2019
Posts: 16
City/Region: Wanchese
State or Province: NC
C-Dory Year: 2008
C-Dory Model: 255 Tomcat
Vessel Name: Catfish
PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:30 am    Post subject: TomCat tower. Reply with quote

Have any C Dory owners ever put a roof top seating structure on their vessel?
Not thinking of a full fledged tuna tower. Just a different venue in which to hang out. Thanks!
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gulfcoast john



Joined: 14 Dec 2012
Posts: 717
City/Region: PENSACOLA
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2010
C-Dory Model: 255 Tomcat
Vessel Name: Cat O' Mine
Photos: CAT O' MINE
PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The TC255 is designed as a trailer boat (24/7 without a permit) so owners must stay under the 13.5 ft federal height limit on the trailer.

Most owners struggle with how to keep the VHF antenna 4 feet from the AIS antenna while keeping the spotlight, hailer, GPS antenna, rocket launchers, rooftop air conditioner and any metal parts of the dinghy all out of the radar beam with an anchor light above all that, while not interfering with the rooftop railings.

But hereís an idea:

https://4seating.com/heritage-exposition-media-room-sofa?autoselect=1&color_id=select_18901&color_value=194785&configuration_id=select_18903&configuration_value=194790&ar_clx=yes&ar_campaign=1619547292&ar_ad=308722419558&ar_adgroup=60257969223&ar_channel=google&gclid=CjwKCAiAqJn9BRB0EiwAJ1Sztd-cavUL65Kn00x3dJwipFdddOUdWKufSff2oSaFO73RRu4YHau85BoCOaIQAvD_BwE

If you do it, you simply must post a photo.

Donít mind me, Iím the designated site Party Pooper.

Seriously, I do recall a picture of one in a for sale lot with a partial tower structure long ago. Youíd have to give up a lot; if thatís the priority Iíd consider other boats not subject to the compromises of a trailer boat.

Cheers!
John

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rstinge1



Joined: 08 Apr 2019
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City/Region: Wanchese
State or Province: NC
C-Dory Year: 2008
C-Dory Model: 255 Tomcat
Vessel Name: Catfish
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL!!!
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NORO LIM



Joined: 24 Apr 2008
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City/Region: Olympia
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2006
C-Dory Model: 23 Venture
Vessel Name: NORO LIM (sold 12/12/14)
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:50 am    Post subject: Re: TomCat tower. Reply with quote

rstinge1 wrote:
Have any C Dory owners ever put a roof top seating structure on their vessel?
Not thinking of a full fledged tuna tower. Just a different venue in which to hang out. Thanks!


Here are some previous discussions:
towers
Towers II
Towers III

Of course, the most famous is:


Seriously, read the threads. There are some very good cautions offered by some very knowledgeable people.

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hardee



Joined: 30 Oct 2006
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City/Region: Sequim
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C-Dory Year: 2005
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Sleepy-C
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a TC-255, but how I dealt with the distance issues for AIS and VHF antennas. If any C-Dory could handle the weight aloft of a "second story" it would be the TomCat, because of the catamaran (dual hulls) design. However, the additional weight will be an issue, and should be a consideration. Would I consider a couple of camp chairs up top for an afternoon, sure, but adding a fly bridge, with or withourt controls -- Not likely, not even. That would change it from a trailer baot to a full time moorage boat. If you want a fly bridge boat, there are other, and maybe better options.

Harvey
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