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Sports arch

Post by Tuscany » Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:36 pm

I have another opinion request for my order.
I need the stainless/aluminum sports arch like I need a hole in my head. I'm 57, and my idea of water sports is sitting in a heated swimming pool watching football.
But, the style it adds to the boat drives home the look for me. I also like the permanent cover up top.
So the only downside, other than the cost is this..it looks like the sides block all side vision from the back seat.
Since there isn't a Cobalt with an arch to see within 200 miles from me, what are the opinions of the owners who have the option on whether it blocks site lines or not. Other issues I'm not thinking of besides height?
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Re: Sports arch

Post by jhnmdahl » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:57 am

I don't have an R5, but the sight line in my 210 with the larger forward-leaning white aluminum arch (i.e., the big one) isn't something we've ever noticed while out and about.

I tried to use it intentionally to frame a photo (halfway down the page) at viewtopic.php?f=44&t=159
- even up close it doesn't block much view.

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Re: Sports arch

Post by Tuscany » Mon Sep 26, 2016 12:34 pm

Thanks for the reply.
I should smarten up and put the money on the 430 instead, but I can't ignore how sexy the boat looks with the stainless/aluminum arch,
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Re: Sports arch

Post by Skiingstrongman » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:57 pm

There are quite a few at my marina. The view is not a problem. The only issue is if you're neurotic and clean them a lot the black shows swirl marks easily but the white does not. It's not a problem at all on the folding arch.

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Re: Sports arch

Post by Jsmithcds » Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:42 am

I see you live in Buffalo and as I too am live with a 3 month boating season my family and I leave the top folded up a good deal of the summer. I detest sun on my receding hair line. That being said when is 70-75 degrees out and you are making a run the sun feels pretty good and with the top up my crew tends to get cold. I have the white tower and see no issues with view on the A28. Being able to fold the arch will help with resale if someone has a boat lift or boathouse. In either case a folding tower is necessary.

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Re: Sports arch

Post by Tuscany » Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:45 am

You know, the funny thing is that we currently own a 2002 Chaparral Sunesta, and I haven't opened the Bimini one single time.
I honestly don't know what the boat looks like with it open. I have no idea what shape the fabric is in because I've never seen it.
My wife and kids are sun lovers, and I personally like the shade, but once under way, the sun feels good unless it's 95 degrees.
But the sun on the water also wears me out at the end of the day.

Since I'm ordering, I have time to examine everything. There isn't much I'm leaving crossed off on the option sheet.
With the solid arch, the shade is fixed and small, so everyone should be happy. I'll probably never touch the shade until it's time to store it.
I definitely like the look of the non folding stainless/aluminum arch better. But as you said, it will come with challenges that the folding arch solves. A LOT of challenges, like storage and bridge height, but neither is a deal breaker for us.
The folding option isnt as attractive or follows the lines as well on the R5 IMO.
I wish it did because that would solve a lot of issues.

Resale wont be an issue because I'll be keeping it for years to come.
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Re: Sports arch

Post by jhnmdahl » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:47 am

I got the seagrass instead of carpet, and that's on my must-have list. I got a Volvo V8 for my 210 along with the white aluminum wakeboard arch, and I'd get all three again without hesitation. Optioned it up planning to keep it for years, much like you are thinking.
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Re: Sports arch

Post by Tuscany » Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:44 pm

Living in western NY, we are lucky to have three months to enjoy out boats, so my yearly hour totals are low. I keep our boat on a trailer, so no pounding against a dock all summer. It's covered from bow to stern to the ground.

We have owned our Chaparral for 13 years, and it still looks and shines like brand new.
I am sure our Cobalt will look the same in 13 years.
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Re: Sports arch

Post by liquid » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:45 pm

Ah the lovely Western, NY boating season. Blink and you miss it.

Mine is still on the lift. Getting down to Canandaguia Saturday for hopefully nice weather.
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Re: Sports arch

Post by Tuscany » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:19 pm

Haha, right?
Before we know it, the lakes will be frozen solid.
But that is what makes the boating season around here so special.

The only reason my season is done is because of my current boat is in the process of being traded, otherwise we would be enjoying our boat until it turns cold.
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