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Old 03-02-2014, 07:21 PM
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Bimini Questions.

I'm considering adding a bimini to my '86:

1. Where do people buy their Bimini Tops?

2. What is the fabric of choice?

3. Can you find a two-tone bimini top? Too much? Cool?

4. Do you mount to the gelcoat/fibreglass or to the aluminum window frame?

5. Low profile mounts look better to my eye. Is there any issue with function (airflow, vibration, access) when you decide on a Bimini height?

I'd appreciate any help.
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:15 PM
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On my 86 I went with Sharkskin material. It's held up well. In hindsight I would've went with sunbrella if I could do it over.

I mounted mine to the fiberglass directly behind the window frame.

I think I ordered it from Bart's
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:16 PM
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Old 03-04-2014, 12:28 PM
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FYI the best price on westland biminis(same ones skidim sells) is go2marine.com.
Promo code GO2THIRTYOFF for 30.00 off a purchase of 250 or more or GO2TENOFF for purchase over 100 or more.
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:34 PM
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I'm considering adding a bimini to my '86:

Plenty of opinions on here; I'll add mine


1. Where do people buy their Bimini Tops?

Plenty of places...Bart's, Overton's, and a lot of custom places

2. What is the fabric of choice?

Most will say Sunbrella. Really is the best, but just about any fabric will serve the purpose of keeping the sun, and maybe occasional rain off.

3. Can you find a two-tone bimini top? Too much? Cool?

The custom sites will do it...just a matter of cost and personal preference.


4. Do you mount to the gelcoat/fibreglass or to the aluminum window frame?

I have seen and done both. More importantly, think through how you want the bimini to fold....forward in front of the windshield (my preference), or back onto the engine cover...use this to determine mounting location and width.

5. Low profile mounts look better to my eye. Is there any issue with function (airflow, vibration, access) when you decide on a Bimini height?

Maybe less airflow...greater consideration is getting in/out of seats...lower is harder.

I'd appreciate any help.
...hope this helps.
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:35 PM
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The bimini I want for the 190...Barts and GO2MARINE.COM both have the same one. GO2 is about $50 cheaper with the discount and free shipping...

Both websites mention the following in their sales add about the bimini I want:

Industry leader, Taylor Made Products builds their bimini tops with the exclusive Ultima fabric; the same top-of-the-line fabric they use for their custom boat covers. Ultima fabric is solution-dyed polyester that ensures the absolute best performance in strength, color-fastness, UV stability and longevity. The frame is made from non-corrosive 7/8 bright anodized aluminum tubing with high-density black nylon fittings.


Question though...
Everyone recommends getting stainless...are they referring to the frame or the fittings, or both? If just the fittings, can the nylon fittings be replaced at a later date without any issues?
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:39 PM
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If you want all stainless everything you are looking at BIG $$$$ I had an aluminum tubed on my old boat and never had an issue with it. I also had nylon fittings that I never had an issue with but I did order the new one with SS fittings.
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:44 PM
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If you want all stainless everything you are looking at BIG $$$$ I had an aluminum tubed on my old boat and never had an issue with it. I also had nylon fittings that I never had an issue with but I did order the new one with SS fittings.
Ok, makes sense.

I am going to get the nylon fittings as I do not believe I have an option to upgrade the order...will change them out over the summer.



How long is the coupon good for?
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:54 PM
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Ok, makes sense.

I am going to get the nylon fittings as I do not believe I have an option to upgrade the order...will change them out over the summer.



How long is the coupon good for?
not a clue...they sent it to me in an email after I did not order...i waited and waited and then they just started the free shipping so I jumped on it.
You may try to call them and see if they can be added....its about a 100 dollar upgrade.
I beleive the SS mounting hardware also includes all SS hinges so it would be a pita to switch everything out...ICBW though.
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:12 PM
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This thread by East Texas Skier...

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...ad.php?t=18423

...has a very cool mounting system. Is that truly a factory option? I wonder if it is available any longer?

Many thanks to all who have posted.

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