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6ballsisall
04-26-2006, 11:19 PM
Took my bimini out for the first time tonight. I like it, wish I would have mounted it slightly different but I like it. What is the recommended top speed on the water to run these at? Is it safe to do in the 40's?

erkoehler
04-26-2006, 11:55 PM
The only MC I have been in with a bimini up was MrCrowson down in FL, I footed behind it all day without any issues. Seemed really sturdy :)

Britt
04-27-2006, 12:52 AM
My PS200 had one on it and I was running top speed all day with it on....44 mph or so.

sizzler
04-27-2006, 02:49 AM
i have mine on all the time.........even at footin speeds its very stable and strong

jimmer2880
04-27-2006, 06:24 AM
Mine is up all day every day. Anywhere from anchored to wide-open. No problems. Just keep the straps tight. Flapping really wears on fabric.

T Scott
04-27-2006, 08:11 AM
I had a bimini on my Barefoot 200 and had it up when doing full speed of 60mph plus. 44 mph should be no big deal.

mitch
04-27-2006, 08:23 AM
My 205 bimini is up always. We frequently hit speeds up to high 90's w/o problems

Evan Jones
04-27-2006, 09:31 AM
Holy Sh**...What do you have in that 205, a Jet engine?

milkmania
04-27-2006, 09:54 AM
take it out on the interstate, if you can hit 75mph, you can rest assured that it'll take whatever you give it on the lake:cool:

92 190 PS
04-27-2006, 10:09 AM
Keep the straps tight to avoid flapping and you're good for anything you'll be doing on the water..

Leroy
04-27-2006, 10:17 AM
I run all the time at ~45 and no problem. I did test it once and I lose 1 MPH with it up.

sizzler
04-27-2006, 10:19 AM
My 205 bimini is up always. We frequently hit speeds up to high 90's w/o problems
mitch....what are you smoking

east tx skier
04-27-2006, 10:21 AM
Mine's fine at ski speeds. The only reason I hit the 40s is to just air it out and run WOT every so often just to keep things kosher under the hood.

bcampbe7
04-27-2006, 10:21 AM
mitch....what are you smoking


I imagine that's towing it but even still, high 90's! :eek:

sizzler
04-27-2006, 10:22 AM
thanks beau ;)

6ballsisall
04-27-2006, 10:24 AM
Dang! 90's??? You got bigger cahoneys than I!! :eek: How tight should the straps be? I have mine somewhat snug but I get nervous crimping down on those things. Read: I like my gelcoat

Tom023
04-27-2006, 10:27 AM
i have mine on all the time.........even at footin speeds its very stable and strong

Is that to keep the rain off? I didn't think you need sun protection at that latitude, even if it did shine. :D

sizzler
04-27-2006, 10:29 AM
:cool: you got it tom........i need a windscreen attached to the front of it as well for the rain.....

bcampbe7
04-27-2006, 10:34 AM
:cool: you got it tom........i need a windscreen attached to the front of it as well for the rain.....

Do you have windshield wipers on your MC, sizz? :D

sizzler
04-27-2006, 10:42 AM
am gonna need them this weekend beau.........we gotta long weekend as its a bankholiday on monday..i'm having tomorrow off as well :toast:

the weather dont look good tho

Sodar
04-27-2006, 11:49 AM
Most ski boat biminis are made of Aluminum tubing, which is very flexible. I have many friends that have boats that will run 65+mph that keep their bimini's up, however if you are going to go that fast, they use stainless steel tubing for strength. The stainless is substantially more expensive and weighs about 5 times more, but you can definitely go faster with it!!

BrianM
04-27-2006, 12:06 PM
Took my bimini out for the first time tonight. I like it, wish I would have mounted it slightly different but I like it. What is the recommended top speed on the water to run these at? Is it safe to do in the 40's?

I always have mine up and it is rock solid at any speed the boat is capable of going on the water. I keep my straps very tight and the top doesn't move.

bcampbe7
04-27-2006, 12:15 PM
Hey Jeff, could you post some pics of your boat with the Johnson bimini? As I mentioned to you on the phone, I may be purchasing a Johnson bimini in the near future. :cool: