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jdhart73
05-30-2014, 12:50 AM
Forgot to post up pics of my surf pockets I had sewn onto my ZFT4 Bimini.
I had a surf bimini on a few previous Tige's I had owned and loved them, can't believe this isn't an option yet from MC. None the less I took the bimini off, marked off where I wanted things and took it to my local upholsterer who for $300 knocked it out for me.

The pockets are 24" x 24" and are directly in front of the middle support bar. There are two strap pockets to put behind the fins to hold them in while under way. I have found that the pockets hold them tight enough even without but better safe than sorry. The straps are 24" long on each side (total of 48"). I need to trim them back but haven't taken time to do it yet.
I also had the upholsterer sew in a piece of marine vinyl in the pocket as a floor to keep from wear on the bimini underneath.

The biggest board I have is a Chaos Spooner that is 5' 6" long and probably 23" wide or so and it fits great up there! The others are a piece of cake and you could probably stack two as long as you have stomp pads to protect them from banging one another.

http://i60.tinypic.com/28hd9xx.jpg
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KnoxX2
05-30-2014, 02:25 AM
This is a great idea! I have been thinking of getting the Agenda Surf rack! However they are $350 per rack!!!! This might be the way to go.

Do you have nose guards on the boards to keep them from wearing out the Bimini?


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Tony Webb
05-30-2014, 05:46 AM
Very simply, but great!!!!!
Well done

nickespi
05-30-2014, 07:06 AM
I have been thinking about doing something like this. I have left over sunbrella material from where I made my trailer guide covers. I now have use for it. I'm a bit of a seamstress so this should be a piece of cake. Thanks for the idea.

homer12
05-30-2014, 07:11 AM
Great idea and looks factory! Nickespi, when you did your own trailer guide covers did you order foam for that or find something that worked?

jdhart73
05-30-2014, 07:34 AM
Knox I don't use nose covers for the boards but I do have additional material seen into the floor of the pockets to ease wear from the in and out, it's just a carbon fiber look weave boat vinyl.

I have a pic of the Bimini laid out on my floor before install I will post too.

nickespi
05-30-2014, 07:52 AM
Great idea and looks factory! Nickespi, when you did your own trailer guide covers did you order foam for that or find something that worked?

I had ordered a set of the guides covers off of ebay a while back and the material had started fading and that is when I ordered the sunbrella material. Essentially, I just used the foam from the original covers. I had originally ordered the heavy duty covers, so the foam has held up well.

BrooksfamX2
05-30-2014, 03:21 PM
I like it!

scott023
05-30-2014, 03:27 PM
Great idea, I wanted to do it some time ago. Only downside is that you have to have the bimini out in order to use them.

PowerTrip
05-30-2014, 03:32 PM
Subscribed...I will be doing this ASAP.

jdhart73
05-30-2014, 07:27 PM
We usually run with the Bimini down anyway, always someone that wants out of the sun.

KnoxX2
05-31-2014, 04:48 AM
Been out the last 2 days and didn't put the Bimini up once.


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Alistair
05-31-2014, 05:48 AM
Hmmm - I was about to order some Agenda racks too - now I'm unsure.

We always run with the bimini out, but I'm not sure if my 2006 bimini will take the additional weight....

I guess I need to decide quickly as I'm in the US in a couple of weeks - the additional shipping costs to the UK would be a killer.

nickespi
05-31-2014, 08:29 AM
I have an 02 X30 and always throw my boards up there when we are just floating. The weight is a non-issue. I've had a heavy, skim style board, my lighter surfer, and my wakeboard sitting up there at once with no flex at all.

Alistair
05-31-2014, 09:40 AM
Thanks - my boat is 750 miles away so can't check it before I come to the US - I think I'll go with getting some custom pockets made :)

jdhart73
05-31-2014, 04:32 PM
Here is the photo of the bimini before I reinstalled it. The pockets as I mentioned are 24x24" with a piece of Marine Vinyl stitched into the bottom of the pocket to help with the wear and tear of in and out. Note that the pocket is just forward of the sleeve that holds the middle support bar, make sure they don't sew over that. Also note the two velcro pockets that hold the straps, these just velcro closed to keep the straps from flopping around if no boards are loaded.

There is no slack built into the pocket, they are sewn flush with a small dog ear on each inside corner. Plenty of room.

http://i58.tinypic.com/2iad75w.jpg

KnoxX2
06-02-2014, 06:45 AM
JD thanks for posting the info on this upgrade! Looks great.


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wallnut21
06-02-2014, 09:54 PM
Is there an aftermarket company making these? I don't have a upholstery shop nearby that I trust. Seems like there would be a market for something like this.... I'd buy one!

jdhart73
06-02-2014, 10:30 PM
Wallnut where are you located? Any ole upholsterer worth his salt can knock this out, its truly an easy project. I would do a trade program and have my guy do them but not sure the interest is out there.

KnoxX2
06-02-2014, 10:47 PM
JD how hard was it to remove the Bimini from the frame? Did you guy have the Sunbrella material on hand?


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jdhart73
06-02-2014, 10:49 PM
Honestly the boat was at the dealer and I just had them pull it off but it only took them like 10 minutes. I showed him the fabric and just told him to get it close, I didn't really care if it matched perfectly as its on top and didn't matter to me so much.

KnoxX2
06-02-2014, 10:52 PM
I am just wondering if I could pull it at the end of the season and send it to him to have it done! I like the fact that he has done one and already knows where everything needs to be!


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jdhart73
06-03-2014, 12:14 AM
Send it to me and I will take it in and make sure it gets done right for you. $300 bucks.

KnoxX2
06-03-2014, 12:18 AM
I will contact you at the end of the season ( Oct or Nov ) to take it in! This way the wife has no down time if she wants to use the Bimini. We are getting into triple digits in Redding now and that will last till late Sep


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mzimme
06-03-2014, 02:00 AM
Z5 cargo bimini... look into it. Supra's been doing this for YEARS now. WOOT WOOT! :)

wallnut21
06-03-2014, 07:58 AM
I like Idea Knox had. Can I just pull mine off and send it to you? Rather not chance it with inexperience. Have lake trip starting this weekend but than have two weeks off. Is that enough time? Would pay a little extra for your time. Tks

jdhart73
06-06-2014, 10:35 AM
Yeah I'm sure I can have my guy do any that people want done.
a couple weeks if probably enough time. I can check prior to you shipping to make sure.

Z5 is nice but also expensive.

FourFourty
06-06-2014, 11:11 AM
Z5 cargo bimini... look into it. Supra's been doing this for YEARS now. WOOT WOOT! :)


Z5 is like $4500.00. This is like $300.00 and looks a lot cleaner...... Nice mod JD

wallnut21
06-06-2014, 12:27 PM
Yeah I'm sure I can have my guy do any that people want done.
a couple weeks if probably enough time. I can check prior to you shipping to make sure.

Z5 is nice but also expensive.

Sounds great. I'll PM you next weekend when I get back. Great mod!

mzimme
06-06-2014, 12:32 PM
Z5 is like $4500.00. This is like $300.00 and looks a lot cleaner...... Nice mod JD

Oh yeah, definitely the more cost effective route to take, I'm just surprised that MC hasn't jumped on board with bimini storage since the z5 has been around so long. Seems to make a ton of sense.

FourFourty
06-06-2014, 01:08 PM
Oh yeah, definitely the more cost effective route to take, I'm just surprised that MC hasn't jumped on board with bimini storage since the z5 has been around so long. Seems to make a ton of sense.

Z5 has been available on MCs for quite a few years now...... It is just so darn expensive. I don't think they ever made brackets for the ZFT5p, but they were available on the ZFT1, ZFT3, and ZFT4. Not sure about the ZFT2, or ZFT0

clrussell
04-08-2015, 07:56 AM
Bump saving this for info. Hoping to do this in the next couple weeks as my Bimini needs resewn where it attaches to the front support.

Thanks for the idea and info jake! Hope to see you at table rock this year.

uplandbird
04-13-2015, 01:20 PM
What do you guys think about these? 50 Bucks. Looks like it could work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiYrlvcGAvQ

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Block-Surf-Surfboard-Double-Soft-Wrap-Roof-Rack-Rax-Single-car-automobile/111384362994?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%2 6asc%3D30084%26meid%3D73ab2829a30648a99942f547833b a824%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D6%26mehot%3Dl o%26sd%3D160770862442&rt=nc

wallnut21
04-13-2015, 02:02 PM
I tired those. They didn't work for me... to hard to get boards in and out. The best/cheapest solution I found was a 4x6 elastic cargo net. The hooks fit perfectly around the Bimini frame. I now have the MC surf pocket attachment and it obviously works better. Never had a problem with the cargo net though.