View Full Version : Bimini Tops
07-23-2004, 10:16 PM
Anyone ordered one from them? Some nice looking tops, I like the 2 tone.
07-24-2004, 02:48 AM
Custom is the way to go
07-27-2004, 10:41 AM
I have one.... it was already installed on my '95 PS 190. All of my bud's who have bimini's don't have a Johnson & wish they did. Nothing beats quality. Mine has a zipper going down the center. That really leaves out a lot of air at barefoot speeds. No flapping or anything - tight as a drum.
does that help?
07-27-2004, 11:20 AM
Jimmer can you offer a photo. My top goes in (maybe) this weekend for new cloth. The zipper sounds interesting . I am collecting a few photos to talk about the final design with the bimini guy..
I've had three different Johnson biminis, all good quality and never had any problems. They are a couple of miles from my house so I bought direct and had them custom fit about 10 years ago. My latest Johnson bimini was for my 209. The dealer in Pleasonton that sold me the boat sells them with Johnson biminis (not Mastercraft, although you can order them). When I tried to end run the dealer and go direct to Johnson, they quoted what I considered to be a very high price. I haggled with the dealer and they took care of me in a package deal.
07-27-2004, 12:59 PM
I have one that I ordered off of Overton's. It does the trick, but I'm not totally satisfied with how tight it is. Plus I like the multi color, that is cool!
07-27-2004, 01:44 PM
I will try to get a pic... been meaning to get one. I'm working till dark tonight, so it'll be tomorrow after work at the earliest before I can take a pic & Thurs before I can post. Sorry.
FWIW - the zipper runs bow to stern direction down the middle of both halves (front half & back half in a 3-bar system).
07-27-2004, 02:13 PM
Thanks jimmer, I was looking at the Johnson web site and didnít see it pictured with that option. I would like to know all about different setups before I tell the guy to go-ahead..
07-27-2004, 06:56 PM
np mark.... glad to help.
I don't know if it was a special order or not - it was on the boat when I bought it. Can't imagine it would be hard to get done "after the fact" at a local canvas shop....
07-28-2004, 11:32 AM
What's the purpose of the zipper? I guess it would come in handy if you had a Skylon, but other than that I can't figure out what it would be used for. I got a quote from Johnson, but they were quite a bit more expensive than coversearch.com. I'm sure that Johnson makes some very nice tops, but I couldn't justify the difference on a 10-year old boat. I've been very satisfied with my top; I love the sun protection (a necessity with young children), but it still makes the boat feel cramped IMHO (of course, I also have claustrophobia).
east tx skier
07-28-2004, 11:44 AM
I've got to put a small plug in for a factory bimini. That thing doesn't move. I really need to upload some pictures with it up.
This is to say nothing negative about Johnson Biminis. I've heard nothing to lead me to believe they are anything, but great.
Obviously, with a MC bimini, you'll pay out the ear. Props to my wife for talking me into working the bimini as part of the deal on the boat (she's fair-skinned and needs that sun block). Ended up getting it for cost!
08-02-2004, 09:07 PM
I agree with East TX Skier,
Here are a couple pictures of factory bimini installed this spring.
I also like the fact that it is really easy to remove.
08-13-2004, 05:28 PM
What size bimini do you guys have?
I was thinking about the second size(61-66" I think)
08-17-2004, 11:37 AM
My top is 51Ē on a 93 PS 205 and covers all that it needs to cover
08-17-2004, 03:00 PM
Have owned two Johnson biminis...both have been outstanding. Both have had a zipper installed to accommodate the ext pylon and cable to the nose. First was on my 98 PS190, second is on my current one...aplogize for the pic from the dark side 8p
08-23-2004, 01:00 AM
I'll admit I'm scared to put one on myself... What's the 411 on self installation? :)
08-23-2004, 01:24 AM
I had mine custom made at a canvas shop subcontracted by the dealer. It's considerably taller (so you can walk under it if you're 5'9" like I am), and barely extends past the aft end of tower (so it's easy to put the rope on, but a wet rope won't drip on you when you coil it up after). Works great and is still way cheaper than factory.
08-23-2004, 01:31 AM
it also tucks up perfectly under the tower..
08-23-2004, 04:31 PM
Try these guys http://www.boatcoversdirect.com/
Customer service is excellent and prices are very resonable. Make sure you spring for the Sunbrella it is worth it over the long haul.
I have a PS205 and I bought a unit that was the perfect width of my windshield and mounted the brackets on the windshield instead of the gelcoat. I don't know how I made it so many years without a bimini :)