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PT 1999 ProStar 06-27-2013 09:35 AM

Fly Hi and Bimini Top
 
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TTers, Check out the pic of my boat with Bimini Top. I have a Fly Hi we use for footin' and those million loops of tubing with the kids. (hate to admit it but the kids love tubing). Have two questions:
1. Has anyone cut a hole into the bimini to pass Fly Hi through? and if so how did you do it?
2. Anyone have pics of it?

Is it as simple as sizing up the pole and making a mark for my canvas guy to cut and stitch around? Any tips for it or any things to be aware?

Thanks
PT

TRBenj 06-27-2013 10:01 AM

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PT, I may pull my '90 out of the garage this weekend... my bimini was modified for the fly high. Depending on placement, you may need to account for the pole as well as the cables. Swing by if you want to check it out in person!

PT 1999 ProStar 06-27-2013 10:05 AM

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Originally Posted by TRBenj (Post 951602)
PT, I may pull my '90 out of the garage this weekend... my bimini was modified for the fly high. Depending on placement, you may need to account for the pole as well as the cables. Swing by if you want to check it out in person!

Hmmmmm Tim I never even thought of the cables. Good thing I posted this!! I will have to check it out. Good heads up!!

mzimme 06-27-2013 10:07 AM

My vote goes for just putting a mini tower on it :)

HOWEVER, if you do continue to use the fly high, it's not recommended that you pull tubes from it. That's a lot of stress especially since the fly high is really only made to pull straight from the back out to about a 45* angle.

PT 1999 ProStar 06-27-2013 11:01 AM

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Originally Posted by mzimme (Post 951607)
My vote goes for just putting a mini tower on it :)

HOWEVER, if you do continue to use the fly high, it's not recommended that you pull tubes from it. That's a lot of stress especially since the fly high is really only made to pull straight from the back out to about a 45* angle.

I hear you mzimme. These are little kids and we are not wipping them around crazy like. I know not to push the limits of the fly hi! Thanks for checking in though!

I'm not a big fan of a tower on a prostar. :rolleyes:

mzimme 06-27-2013 11:06 AM

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Originally Posted by PT 1999 ProStar (Post 951634)
I hear you mzimme. These are little kids and we are not wipping them around crazy like. I know not to push the limits of the fly hi! Thanks for checking in though!

I'm not a big fan of a tower on a prostar. :rolleyes:

I think the mini's look good.. normal towers are too tall though. As for your bimini question, I've seen people have an upholstry shop cut a slit where you need the pole and/or cables to pass through, then put in a zipper. This way you don't have holes in your top when you aren't using the pole. Just zip up the hole and it's like the slit isn't even there! You could probably even have them put fabric over the zippers so they're completely hidden from view when you have them zipped up.

Love your boat though... every time you post a picture I drool on my desk a little bit.

Jason.H. 06-27-2013 11:08 AM

I know some people get an upholstry shop to install a zipper where the pole goes through so it can be closed up if you arnt using to pole for the day. And also seems like it would be hard to get an exact spot where to cut a circle hole for the pole, so a zipper would give you a little front to back leeway

PT 1999 ProStar 06-27-2013 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by mzimme (Post 951636)
I think the mini's look good.. normal towers are too tall though. As for your bimini question, I've seen people have an upholstry shop cut a slit where you need the pole and/or cables to pass through, then put in a zipper. This way you don't have holes in your top when you aren't using the pole. Just zip up the hole and it's like the slit isn't even there! You could probably even have them put fabric over the zippers so they're completely hidden from view when you have them zipped up.

Love your boat though... every time you post a picture I drool on my desk a little bit.

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Originally Posted by Jason.H. (Post 951639)
I know some people get an upholstry shop to install a zipper where the pole goes through so it can be closed up if you arnt using to pole for the day. And also seems like it would be hard to get an exact spot where to cut a circle hole for the pole, so a zipper would give you a little front to back leeway

mzimme and Jason H! GREAT idea! A zipper would be perfect! I'd love to see a pic of that if anyone on here has one please pass it along. God I feel like an idiot a zipper never entered my mind! AGAIN good thing I posted this!! mzimme thanks for the props on the boat! We are very happy with it.

JMLVMI 06-27-2013 12:11 PM

Going later this week or next to have zippers installed on my bimini for the Fly High. We want to keep using this bimini if/when we get a tower, so I'm going to have them make it look as "factory" as possible. I'll post my pics on TT when I get it done.

PT 1999 ProStar 06-27-2013 12:21 PM

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Originally Posted by JMLVMI (Post 951662)
Going later this week or next to have zippers installed on my bimini for the Fly High. We want to keep using this bimini if/when we get a tower, so I'm going to have them make it look as "factory" as possible. I'll post my pics on TT when I get it done.

JMLVMI that would be great! Thanks!


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