It looks like I will be buying a used Malibu 185 that comes with both the soft top and the hard top. It is currently set up with the soft top and has a slope back cover. There is no canvas that goes with the hardtop.
As I see it the positives for the soft top are that it has more headroom (~5'10"), I could open it up on sunny days and having the slope back would be nice. The hard top would obviously be better for nasty weather, but I think it will only be about 5'1" from the floor so I'll have to crouch more when moving about. The hard top would be nice for holding onto for walking around to the bow and would also provide some storage on top for traps and things.
I think it will be a few hours of work for a couple of guys to switch it over so its not something I would want to do on a regular basis and storing the hard top could also be a bit of a challenge.
I'm just looking for some opinions of what people think they would prefer. I am leaning towards leaving it with the soft top for now and maybe switching over at the end of the summer to try the hardtop out...