Where are the cabin roof fixing bolts on a 38ft Commander

Hi, I am totally new to ChrisCraft and in the last month purchased a 38ft Express for a re-power project. I want to take the helm cabin roof off (the fly came off for transportation), I have found the aft set of bolts but where are the bolts above the front windows? Thanks

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I think you will need to remove the front window frames to get the top off

Ive repowered a few.  WHY would you want to remove the roof on an express? 

I hire a boom truck and snatch them easily.

When you have an overhead traveling shop crane at your disposal it is a lot safer than using a boom truck. Thank you for your question.

Hi Simon! 

Thank you for clarifying! In that case one other method I have used is an I beam with an overhead crane. See picture. This wasn't my choice but the yard insisted something about OSHA rules ( lah blah blah) But wanted to share that. You just might be really opening a can of worms taking the roof and windshield off. 

Why do you say that? I’ve been thinking about taking my roof off and dismantling the windshield to rebed/ replace the seals and a couple cracked panes. Looks like the hard top on my 31 is held to the windshield by a combination of the interior trim, screws through the top of the frame, and some sort of adhesive/ sealant.

Lee H Dahlen said:

You just might be really opening a can of worms taking the roof and windshield off. 

I know of people who have removed Hard tops for transport (Bigger boats 42-45) and windshields and cracked glass doing so, and couldn't get it all bedded back without a leak or two in the cabin. I'm just sharing info. Proceed as you wish!  

Lee

Hmm, well the reason I’m considering taking the windshield apart is I already have cracked glass and leaks. It’s not a project I look forward to at all but think it needs to be done eventually, all the seals are dried out. I would not do it just to remove the engines though. 

Lee H Dahlen said:

I know of people who have removed Hard tops for transport (Bigger boats 42-45) and windshields and cracked glass doing so, and couldn't get it all bedded back without a leak or two in the cabin. I'm just sharing info. Proceed as you wish!  

Lee

On my 35 express we set up a simple gantry across the engines. We lifted them up then closed the floor hatches and set the engines on a 4 wheel dolly and rolled them aft.

Then we picked them up with a forklift 

In your case you can substitute the forklift with your overhead crain 

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