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jhill posted 04-08-2002 06:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for jhill   Send Email to jhill  
I have an 89 Montauk with a bimini. I it hard to get around he boat when up and cuts the speed . I have been looking at a taylor made t-top. Anyone have any experience with it.
Bigshot posted 04-09-2002 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
1 word....crap!

A SS Bimini is $600, what can you expect from a T-top for less $$? My T-top on my Hydra-Sports was about $2500.

Eric posted 04-11-2002 10:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
The question of what to do about a top on montauks when you don't like biminis just keeps coming around. I sure don't know what the final answer is. I think that the T-top idea is great for outrages, but no one seems to go for it on a montauk. There's been a lot of questions about stability of the top, since it can't be through-bolted to the deck, and when I called Boston Whaler they told me that these hulls (also including the 17 outrage) don't have the beam/lateral stability to handle one. I posted their advice a while back, and it was disputed by several others, but interestingly, few or none of them had installed T-tops on their montauks. I have looked at some of these chintzy t-tops myself, like the Bimi-tee. I know they don't compare to a real t-top, but have wondered if one would be an ok alternative for these hulls. Biminis just suck on fishing boats.
rsgwynn1 posted 04-11-2002 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for rsgwynn1  Send Email to rsgwynn1     
I assume you're talking about the Bimi-Tee, which is made by Taylor. I bought one late last year for my 19' Hydra-Sports but never installed it. Am now selling it with the boat. They're nice looking units, relatively cheap ($600) and are easily removable.
BabySitter posted 04-12-2002 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for BabySitter  Send Email to BabySitter     
Hi jhill - I had a BimiT on my Montauk for 3 years and used it extensively in the ocean. It is pretty floppy, like a regular bimini, but having the struts limited to the console makes handling hook-ups easier. I ran back to the inlet in some pretty rough water and never tore the thing up, but again it is not a piece you can grab for support. Gore welding in Morehead City NC has put numerous welded tops on Montauks. They say they've not had any negative feedback from them, but as mentioned - BWC discourages their use.
Eric posted 04-13-2002 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
There's Taylor's Bimini Tee and the Bimi-tee, which is sold by an engineer in Tampa. Price is about $370 for the smaller of two sizes. It's a small company with just this one product. His top looks more like a bimini, with reinforcing straps to provide tension, as on a bimini. The frame is aluminum. It's removable, he designed it so that he could fit his flats boat in the garage for storage. Is that the one you had, Babysitter?
The frame for Taylor's top looks like a more permanent set up and is stainless steel. They're priced at about $490 for the smaller size in the West catalog.
BabySitter posted 04-14-2002 08:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for BabySitter  Send Email to BabySitter     
Eric - Mine was the BimiTee...bought it direct from Don Larsen (the engineer you mentioned) He told me he sold the manufacturing rights to Taylor but retained the ability to sell a few himself through his ad in Tide magazine. Mine was aluminum with lots of bimini top fittings holding it all together. It is secured and tensioned by straps that also mount to the console. The four uprights telescope together with removable SS pins so that the upper half is easily removed by one person. That was nice for getting into a standard garage. I got the rod holders that mount to the sie of the top frame and they actually worked very well ... doubled as outrigger holders. I still have the installation video that goes into great detail if anyone wants it - prior to considering buying a top.

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