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Outriggers on R272

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About to pull the trigger on a 272, but have a question regarding how the outriggers are mounted to the t-top.  From the photos I've seen, it appears they are simply mounted through the fiberglass t-top, but surely there is framing through the top for mounting the outriggers.  I didn't pay enough attention when I looked at one in the dealer's yard, so I'm looking for some guidance and an answer to the question - are the outriggers mounted through framing or just through the fiberglass t-top?  Could be a deal killer for me.  Thanks for your help.

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Below are cropped images of a 2019 R272 from an online dealer listing to refresh your memory...

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Taco Marine's installation manual (PDF download) details the proper mounting of outriggers on a fiberglass hardtop.

Good luck!

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Thanks Haz.  Anyone have any experience with outriggers mounted through fiberglass t-top similar to the mounting Haz pictured?  Not sure fiberglass can take the stress of extended outriggers in somewhat rough seas.  Sure seems like a design flaw to me.  Thoughts? Advice?

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I'm on my second boat with outriggers attached to a fiberglass hardtop. On my Albemarle they just used washers and nuts to attach to the outriggers. I installed the outriggers on my Sailfish and used the taco backing plates for attachment. We had the Albemarle airborne more than once while heading out with the outriggers extended and up facing aft and they never gave us any trouble. I guess you could stress them enough to cause a problem, but I think the outriggers would likely get damaged before the hardtop.

Neither of those boats I mentioned are center console T tops, but I've see many of the larger center console boats with their outriggers mounted as Haz's pictures showed.

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Thank you Full Throttle.  My salesman has contacted the engineer that designed the t-top on the 272 and he is hoping to get a schematic sent to me.  He indicated, the tops were reinforced with a fiberglass block between the outside and underside panels on the t-top in the location the outriggers will be mounted.  I also called Gemlux, the outrigger manufacturer, and they said they have hundreds mounted on Robalo t-tops with the same design.  Looks like I'm in the clear.  Appreciate all the help from everyone.

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Just boat a R272 and have the same question about the outriggers concerning where to make the hole cut for the outrigger bases.  Did anyone find out any specific information regarding location of support structure(s) within the fiberglass hardtop?  I think we would all agree that an installation though support structures rather than just the foam/fiberglass hardtop would make for a stronger installation.

Any help would be appreciated?  Burban, if you received that hardtop schematic I would really like to get a copy.

Thanks

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The R272 photos I posted above were from a dealer listing that has since been removed, but if I recall correctly, those outrigger mounts were factory installed.

You may be able use an electronic stud finder to sense the density differences between the block-supported T-top structure and the unsupported T-top structure in the vicinity of those pictured outrigger mounts.

I would be inclined to scan from both the underside & topside of the T-top, in an effort to ensure the dimensional continuity of any potentially-sensed block locations.

Good luck!

 

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