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sklein posted 02-24-2002 12:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for sklein   Send Email to sklein  
I would like to know: what is the recommended length for a Montauk bimini top? I see 6 and 8 footers are standard sizes. Does anyone know how long the Boston Whaler and Mills brands are?

Any information and recommendations are appreciated.


billybob1 posted 02-27-2002 11:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for billybob1  Send Email to billybob1     
I just installed an 8ft bimini from cabela's on my mountak & it fits great.
Some custom mounting & thought before you place it is neccesary, but i think it will give us great shade this summer.


John from Madison CT posted 02-28-2002 07:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
I'm about to mount my 6' Bimini on my Montauk. (bought from Overtons).

I was wondering if anyone has tried mounting the Bimini to the side rails? I've seen the brackets for this but wondered if any of you fine gents have tried that.

That aside, from playing with the top, it seems that if I mount it using one of those slider brackets, the Bimini would slide forward over the bow rail and nicely out of the way. Anyone try this too?

Thanks guys,


Salmon Tub posted 02-28-2002 10:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
I asked my dealer about the side rails with the same mounts and he said it would be no good because it would sit too high and be too rickety. I believe that if you cut the arms down a few inches you can achieve the perfect height. Also, I don't believe that it would be rickety, but hey he's only trying to sell me his top. (with installation extra). Anyway, his was nice, with stainless tubing, but I think for the most part, one of those mail order ones are nice. Bass Pro shops has a great deal, you buy the frame and the material seperately and they come out to be a bit cheaper this way.
Bigshot posted 02-28-2002 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Mine is a bit short on mine. My head barely touches it but my side vision is blocked and I have to duck a bit to check traffic, etc. I am gonna mount it on my side rails about 6" higher. It won't be any less stable mounted there and it will lay flush on my side rails or I might get the stantions so it sits up like a radar arch.

Here in FL you either have it up or it is off. In the summer you just leave it up or you will melt. Once it gets colder you just remove 2 screws and stick it in the shed until March or April. Looks like April this year. Freakin 35 last night.......buuurrr.

gunnelgrabber posted 02-28-2002 11:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
have one mounted on the side rails,tall enough to clear a 6-6 driver;rickety? maybe... but tested at 40 mph and as "big" says ,in the fla sun "it's a necessity not a luxury."a cool 18 degrees here in north fla.... ouch!get down behind that windscreen!....spring came and went!..lm
kamml posted 03-01-2002 07:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for kamml  Send Email to kamml     
The factory mounted Bimini I saw at the boat show used the slider to allow the top to move forward to clear the front rail on the Montauk when laid down. I intend to use a similar setup on mine this year. I think it will enable me to have it out of the way while fishing. In SC you melt in the summer as well so it will be used in that position primarily in the spring and fall. Ken
Landlocked posted 03-01-2002 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
My top is mounted to the rails and is not "rickety" at all. I like the extra height as both my wife and I are tall.


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