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Shadow™ and Montauk-Shadow™ Installation Steps

Note - A complete, illustrated "Installation Guide" will be sent with your top.
Shadow in Box
  • Install the Frame (20 minutes):

    Shadow Parts
    Tools
    1. Install Front (2) and Rear (2) Split-Jaw-Slide clamps on windshield grab rails
      Fittings Front Pivot
    2. Mount the Starboard side Frame (upside down in the front of the boat), to the front Split-Jaw-Slide pivot point. Mount the Port side Frame the same way,
      Install Port and Starboard Shadow Frames
    3. Install the Rear-Legs to each frame at the Top-Slide (shorter legs come factory installed),
    4. Rotate the top up (with a friend) and connect the Rear-Legs to the Rear-Leg-Mounts installed earlier,
    5. It may be necessary to shorten the Rear-Legs by removing their end fittings and cutting the appropriate amount of tubing off of each,
      Support Legs Pivot Rear Leg Mount Adjustment
    6. Assemble the Port side Frame to the Starboard side by sliding the 7/8"dia. Curved Rear-Cross-Bar firmly into the rear of each side,
      Rear Cross Bar Alignment
    7. Adjust height and angles to suit, ensuring a good, wide based triangle is formed between the front and rear grab rail mounting points (put them as far apart as possible).
      Shadow Frame Installed Top Slide Adjustment
      A shape

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  • Lace the Canvas (30-40 minutes):
    1. If the top is off the boat, position the top so you can reach both sides easily, by positioning the top:
      • hanging in the air vertically from one end or a side,
      • in place on the boat (working over your head can be tiring however), or
      • with the end of the top on a table so you can reach underneath.
    2. Attach the canvas loosely using 6 to 8 "zip-ties" pulled through grommets near the corners and around frame. Once lined up, tighten, but not too tight.
    3. Start in the center at the front (if possible) (Front/Middle on most T-Tops, T-Topless™, Montauk-T-Topless™ & Flats-Top™; Rear/Middle on the Shadow™ & Montauk-Shadow™),
    4. You want to end up with the lacing running under the canvas between grommets in order to turn the edges of the canvas down to shed water,
    5. Lace the canvas to the frame (important to reverse over/under from left to right side to avoid kinking):
      1. Lace to the Left:
        1. Start lacing through the TOP of 1st grommet,
        2. Run lacing under canvas and up through the next grommet to the Left,
        3. Run lacing UNDER frame tubing and OVER the top of the frame tubing,
        4. Run lacing back through the TOP of same grommet,
        5. Repeat at the next grommet to the Left until finished,
      2. Lace to the Right (reverse under/over bar sequence):
        1. Start lacing through the TOP of 1st grommet at the center,
        2. Run lacing under canvas and up through the next grommet to the Right,
        3. Run lacing OVER frame tubing and UNDER the top of the frame tubing,
        4. Run lacing back through the TOP of same grommet,
        5. Repeat at the next grommet to the Right until finished.
    6. Pull all canvas lacing tight,
    7. Adjust lacing to center the canvas in the frame side-to-side and fore-and-aft,
    8. Pull all canvas lacing tight, but do NOT over-tighten! The canvas should have a snug fit with the edge having a smooth straight appearance. Do not over-tighten to the point of "smiley's" between grommets (this may void your warranty),
    9. Loop the "tag ends" through the last eyelet at each end 2 or 3 times,
    10. Tie the ends in a bow, then tie the loops of the bow in a square knot,
    11. Cut the loose "tag ends" of the lacing to about 3" and burn the ends to prevent unravelling.
    12. Weave these "tag ends" into the lacing for a finished look.
Square Lacing on Shadow™
Square Lacing shown on Shadow™ Folding T-Top
  • Tighten the Canvas (10 minutes):
    1. The Shadow gets its strength by stretching the canvas tightly across the front,
    2. Tighten the canvas from back to front, but do NOT over-tighten! The canvas should bave a snug fit with the edge having a smooth straight appearance. Do not over-tighten to the point of "smiley's" between grommets,
    3. Make sure the lacing goes through the front grommet and around the tubing 2-3 times on the front grommet on each side,
    4. Tie each end in a secure square knot.
  • Install Optional Stabilizer (10 minutes):
    1. Decide if the stabilizer wil be mounted with the high side on the port or the starboad side,
    2. Loosely mount a split-jaw-slide rail clamp high on one side (port or starboard frame) and low above the windshield grab rail on the frame on the opposite side's frame,
    3. Install the Stabilizer bar to the split-jaw-slide clamp on the high side and adjust so it come down and meets the other split-jaw-slide clamp on the opposite, low side,
    4. Install 1/4-20 screws and lock nuts and tighten.
Shadow in Box


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