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deployedjosh
06-03-2007, 09:40 PM
Just wondering if anyone else has attempted a custom bimini. I'm working on one now because I just can't see paying 600-900 dollars for a tower mounted welded aluminum one. I'm working with hose clamps, pvc fittings, and electrical conduit. I'll probably have to shell out $69 for the canvas, but total cost will be about $100 or so. (Or $700-$1000 if I'm not happy and end up paying for the real deal)

Anyways, just looking for any tips or tricks if anyone has done it themselves. Pics would be great as well. Thanks!

88 PS190
06-03-2007, 09:42 PM
I would think about finding some aluminum tubing and spending the few extra bucks instead of doing it in hose fittings and conduit.

just due to the wind loading on the bimini.

beatle78
06-04-2007, 12:01 PM
this thread isd screaming for progress pics!!!! got any?

I like the Aluminum tubing idea!

gardinerbowen
06-04-2007, 12:43 PM
I need one of these as well for my 1995 prostar 190 want to make it?

lets see some pic's

JKTX21
06-04-2007, 01:14 PM
Me too, make me one. I have thought about doing this, but I have a feeling I would probably end up building two before I could get it the way I wanted. Also, the expense of buying all the tools I'd need to do it right plus my weekend time... I'm probably just going to end up buying one.

beatle78
06-04-2007, 01:50 PM
me too. I'm waiting to see what NDT has to offer. The delayed the release of bimini's until this Fall do to the fact that MC has hired them again and they are swamped with work.

JKTX21
06-04-2007, 01:52 PM
Did you put a ND on your 205? Do you have any pictures!?

beatle78
06-04-2007, 01:57 PM
Yes I put one on a few weeks ago and I LOVE IT!

Here are the only pics I have right now.

http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=15858

TMCNo1
06-04-2007, 02:24 PM
Go for it, this guy did and he worked his tower in to,

beatle78
06-04-2007, 02:33 PM
NICE!!!.... that looks like a biminampoline

BOING BOING WEEEEEEEEE

Sodar
06-04-2007, 02:37 PM
Go for it, this guy did and he worked his tower in to,

My first thought exactly!! Homemade stuff is great for something, but using the right materials is the only way to go for somethings too!! :o

WAT8415
06-04-2007, 02:44 PM
Here is a site that has some kits. They also have alot of other parts and frabric as well. http://www.rochfordsupply.com/product_listing.asp_Q_CatID_E_409_A_SubCatID_E_434



BIMINI CONVERTIBLE TOP (BOAT KIT)



This premium quality Bimini Convertible Top Kit is easily fitted to boats from 40" to 90" in beam. Made of bright anodized aluminum tubing to prevent oxidation. The design of the boat top allows for the center bow to be cut to fit width of small and large boats. The inserts to join the legs and the bows are permanently bent into the legs. This allows for easy connection of the three pieces. Fittings included in separate bag. Kit includes: 4 jaw slides, 2 angle deck hinges, 4 deck straps, 6 eye ends, 6 buckles, 4 snaps, tubing.

This kit costs $89.95

T Scott
06-04-2007, 02:47 PM
I have one that I will sell if anyone is in need. It is off of a 2000 model X-Star that had the Zero Flex Tower. I will post a pic shortly. It is black and is in very good condition.

I am asking $325 plus shipping.

32offer
06-05-2007, 12:35 PM
I bought an '02 MC PS 197 that the previous owner had a Mastercraft bimini for. He then installed a zero flex tower, so the bimini would not fit. I bought the bimini from him and then modified it to fit inside the tower. It works and fits great. All I did was cut out about 11" in the width, installed a metal conduit splice, screwed it back together, and then had the cover re-sewn to fit the new dimensions. It is pretty easy to do. i would recommend buying one from Overton's for under $300 and a couple hours labor and some sewing and you have yourself a bimini. This way you can get the height and color you need. I can get some pics posted if you'd like. Just let me know

chudson
06-05-2007, 01:22 PM
I saw this in the S & S thread, "Ski King" had it posted it from the Showroom and I liked the looks of this bimini, thought it looked good.
Good head room.http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=7987&page=4
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beatle78
06-05-2007, 01:35 PM
32offer, we would LOVE pics!!!

gardinerbowen
06-05-2007, 06:58 PM
I bought an '02 MC PS 197 that the previous owner had a Mastercraft bimini for. He then installed a zero flex tower, so the bimini would not fit. I bought the bimini from him and then modified it to fit inside the tower. It works and fits great. All I did was cut out about 11" in the width, installed a metal conduit splice, screwed it back together, and then had the cover re-sewn to fit the new dimensions. It is pretty easy to do. i would recommend buying one from Overton's for under $300 and a couple hours labor and some sewing and you have yourself a bimini. This way you can get the height and color you need. I can get some pics posted if you'd like. Just let me know

lets see the pic's

TX.X-30 fan
06-05-2007, 07:31 PM
this thread isd screaming for progress pics!!!! got any?

I like the Aluminum tubing idea!



Your BAD beatle. :mad: :D :D