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Old 07-19-2010, 10:57 PM
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To bimini or not?

I was out on the water yesterday and it was typical hot Texas day. By 10 am, it was nearly unbearable to not be in the water. Aside from the heat, I burn, even with hats and sunscreen. Shoot, I wear a shorty wetsuit, mostly for sun protection, not water.

I've got an '85 S&S, so there's no top cover.

Some people said I should fit a bimini top, and that would allow longer days on the lake. I hit the water at dawn, not just for the smooth water, but the heat/sun as well.

Now, I know a bimini would increase comfort and make for a longer day on the water, but IMHO, I think it spoils the lines of the boat. I just love the low-slung, low freeboard, angular looks. Very purposeful, and I think a top would detract from that.

I know, crappy reason, "form over function", but I'm also worried about drilling into the deck and gunwales to mount it.

Any advice, and if there are any S&S owners here with bimini's, which one do you have, do you like it and/or which one would you recommend? I see some that can be collapsed and stowed right in front of the windshield, which seems like a good solution while it's cool, then when it heats up, erect it.

I'm not totally against it, (at least not anymore, I've been cooking the last few weeks), but any advice, for or against, would be appreciated.

Thoughts? I know that towers are verboten on S&Ss, but biminis seem OK.

Thanks!

(PS: Yes, I've used the search function, but there is sparse reading on biminis and S&Ss specifically. Most threads are about them on later boats.)
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:23 PM
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I love mine,

I have two kids and it gives us just enough shade. it was 100+ on saturday in Denver, we couldn't have been out nearly as long without it. My boat has a Tower so it looks good with it open or closed.

I think if you get a nice custom one, it will look great on your boat.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:52 PM
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Would not even consider going out without the bimini top; it definitely makes the day more enjoyable, especially when it's hot. Once you use it I doubt you'll want to take it off. Even when it's cool we leave it up, it's keeps the sun out of your eyes and off your skin. I'd recommend having one installed; if you don't like it you can just not put it up.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:59 PM
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Question is Skin Cancer or Not.....

Get one.... They are well worth it.... Kinda like AC on the Lake In my opinion...
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:06 AM
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Bimini.

They are imperative for a comfortable day on the water. In my opinion, if they are done right, they do not detract from the looks at all.
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:08 AM
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Not a S&S owner, but my opinion is that you can't go without it. It allows you to stay cooler, stay on the water longer and Melanoma is no joke. Usually, bimini tops can be removed easily if you don't want to use it all of the time. We pretty have ours on the boat and use it from May through mid-September.
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:18 AM
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Bimini.

They are imperative for a comfortable day on the water. In my opinion, if they are done right, they do not detract from the looks at all.
I agree with Sodar. I`ve seen a lot fo tasteful biminis on older boats that don`t take away from the classic lines...
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:25 AM
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Yep.. Do a search for FlyHigh... With my 90 Lines were very Important for looks... Its not retractable However there are no straps ect... Its been great the last 10 Plus Years..


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Old 07-20-2010, 08:34 AM
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Bimini top makes for a more enjoyable day for me since I am the designated driver most of the time. I get enough sun already---I love my shade.
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:01 AM
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Do I have a bimini on my 82? No

Have I ever had melanoma? Yes

Do I wish I had put a bimini on mine years ago? Yes
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