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Old 02-08-2006, 12:58 PM
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How wide is your Bimini?

This is a request anyone who owns one of the older Prostars.
It's time to get a bimini for my '88 PS190. I measured the place where was thinking of mounting it. It was 73 1/2 inches to the outside of the window frame, near the back of the side windows. So here's what I need to know.
1- Is that a good place to mount the brackets?
2- Do you have a success story, or maybe a horror story that will help me do this right?
3- What size bimini did you get, and how well is it working?
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Old 02-08-2006, 01:01 PM
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I bet BriEOD can help you here.
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Old 02-08-2006, 01:15 PM
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Nice pictures of his setup.

The pic of "Dad with Cody" is also a good shot of the main bracket location.

So Bri, what are the dimensions on your top? What brand?
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Old 02-08-2006, 01:36 PM
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I ordered a black Sunbrella bimini for my 94 205 from Coverseach. 73-78" width 30" height.

I cut about 3" out of the width thinking I would mount it on top of the windshield frame. I ended up mounting it at the bottom of the frame an now wish I wouldn't have cut it down. I may have to get something to widen it again.

While drilling the holes on the bottom of the frame, I drilled to high and broke the side glass......expensive lesson.

There is a picture of mine in my gallery.
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Old 02-08-2006, 01:42 PM
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Old 02-08-2006, 03:47 PM
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Footin,
Thanks for the reply. Your top looks a little lower than BRIEOD's. I want to put mine as low as possible without making it too cramped.
What's the distance from the floor to the back edge? How has that height been workin' for you?
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Old 02-08-2006, 04:42 PM
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I'm not sure of the distance from the floor, my boat is in storage now.

As for the 30" height, I think its good so far. I have only used the top once or twice as I got it at the end of last year.
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Old 02-08-2006, 04:48 PM
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I have an awful bimini on my boat and I have learned the following:

1.Use ONLY stainless brackets, no plastic. Mine have not broken, but I couldn't find stainless ones to match the holes that were previously drilled in my boat. At some point I will have to change these or drill more holes. As a result, I cant' pull my straps tight enough on my bim.

2. Make sure that it is wide enough that if you get caught in rain that the water running off the top doesn't come down on your shoulder (very annoying)

3. Make sure it is tight, tight, tight. Mine was sewed wrong and blows up like a balloon when at speed.

Hope this helps.
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Old 02-08-2006, 04:53 PM
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I agree with having it as tight as possible. If you look at the picture of mine the sides are a little loose, thats probably from me cutting the 3" out of the middle. Mine doesn't flap or ballon up but I think the tight ones look better.

I will probably buy some stainless 7/8" I.D. tubing to widen mine a few inches again, or maybe even call the place I got it a price new side frames.

My plastic hardware is fine, but I do think the stainless hardware looks better and would hold up longer.
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Old 02-08-2006, 05:33 PM
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Hey Mike..........how about a close up of that pretty blonde in the back?
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