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North Beach posted 05-02-2002 07:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for North Beach  
Unless I misheard Mills canvas today, they want 1000 dollars for a outrage Bimini top. Admittedley, the person I spoke with was difficult to understand, but I'm sure that is what she said.

IS that even in the ballpark of reasonable, ie the going rate? What chepaer alternatives are avail.?

phatwhaler posted 05-02-2002 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     

phatwhaler out.

North Beach posted 05-02-2002 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for North Beach    
Phat--that is 1/10 of the cost of the new bayliner!!

hey. wonder if the bayliner comes with a Bimini?

phatwhaler posted 05-02-2002 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
Seriously, a buddy of mine was just bitchin about Mill's prices the other day. He has a mid 80's 22 OR. I think he just went ahead and bought the bullet. Cheaper than a couple visits to the skin doctor.

phatwhaler out.

Dick posted 05-02-2002 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
In canvas work I think you get what you pay for.

Mill's quality and fit is second to none
Mill's uses only Sunbrella fabric and SS bows

You can save major bucks going with aluminum bows and generic fabric but you will replace it many times while the Mill's still looks new.

PMUCCIOLO posted 05-02-2002 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
North Beach,

No, that price is not outrageous. (Excuse the pun!) The high quality canvas tops, even lesser brands, are close to that for the Outrage series. I've shopped around with this question.

Please let us know if you decide to order the Mills canvas, and keep us up-to-date on the ordering process and your satisfaction with their customer service. If you do get the top, photos would be appreciated!


rsgwynn1 posted 05-02-2002 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for rsgwynn1  Send Email to rsgwynn1     
$700 for the "flying top" of a 22 Revenge. Which amounts to a Bimini. But it's the original stuff. Lots of other alternatives out there--check
PMUCCIOLO posted 05-03-2002 01:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    

If I recall correctly, the "bimini" top is longer than the "flying" top. I am not sure about this, but perhaps another forum participant who is more familiar with Mills canvas and the configuration thereof for the Outrage can clarify further.


aubv posted 05-03-2002 07:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
North Beach,

Is the Bimini top support & mounting hardware included? Is it stainless Steel?

I purchased one, for a 17' OR in 96, from a BW dealer. It was about 1k and the dealer installed it.

North Beach posted 05-03-2002 07:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for North Beach    
AUBV--I think all of that is included, but it does not include the installation!

PMuccilio: The person I spoke to dod nto know whether it was a Bimini or flying top, did not know the width or the lenght or th height! She knew that it came in 40 colors and asked me was I aware of continous told her that was how I found her.

She was supposed to call me back, but hasnt yet.

You would think this info would be right at her fingertips--not exactly an unaticpated question!

hooter posted 05-03-2002 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
just quitchur bitchin and PAY the lady or bide your time an' pick up a used one from Mills. Trust me, she may talk funny but she's a cutie and sweet as can be. Dat top will last you 20 years wid care. The youngest of mah several pieces of Mills's woik is from 1986 an' dey all still look like new. Mills has replaced zippers on a couple pieces for about $30 a zipper, so everthing WOIKS as well today as evah dey did. Course ya COULD jus' gitcha a big straw hat. Anyting to keep dat ole dirmi...durmi...Damn! Dermatiligisst fum cummin' afta' ya nose wid his li'l xacto knife!
kingfish posted 05-03-2002 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Mills "flytop" is much the smaller of the two, only provides overhead protection for those standing between the leaning post and the console (or those standing directly behind the console if no l.p.), and is an integral part of their storm canvas system.

Mills "suntop" is analogous to a bimini top, is much larger than a flytop front to back, provides overhead protection for those seated behind the console as well as those seated on the cooler in front of the console, but is not an integral part of a larger canvas system.


Chap posted 05-03-2002 10:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
If you check out the main North Channel Rendezvous picture enlarged, you can see a flying top on the 18' Whale Lure with storm enclosure and the Bimini top(I believe) with the storm enclosure on the 19' Outrage to the right. A little side by side comparison.
I think Leslie is the girl at Mills you want to speak with regarding Classic Whalers. Totally hooked me up when I was setting up my mooring cover.
Chap posted 05-03-2002 10:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     

andygere posted 05-03-2002 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
T/T Whale Lure does indeed have a flying top, forward shelter and windsheild set in the photo Chap referenced, and it looks almost identical (except for size) to the set I have on my Montauk (here's a photo of mine courtesy of Chuck's website: The 19 with the Whaler graphics has canvas made by a shop other than Mills. It is my understanding that the windshield, side curtains and dodger will mate up only with a flying top, but won't fit to a bimini without modification.
lhg posted 05-03-2002 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Cetacea Page 8 has two pictures which clearly show the difference between the Flying Top (which mates to other Mills enclosure items) and the Mills Sun Top (which is a stand alone item). My 25 has the Flying Top, and Kingfish's 22 has the Sun Top.

In the Rendezvous section, Gibson's 19' Outrage II (big Whaler letters on the side) does not have Mills canvas. It was done locally.

aubv posted 05-03-2002 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
North Beach,

You must be talking to Leslie.

I just go my Mills Cover by UPS today. I think I odered it last week!


North Beach posted 05-03-2002 07:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for North Beach    
Have still not heard back from Mills with the answers to the simple questions! When I called local BW dealer, they said they would call Mills for the price--I said I already did and asked for alternative. They gave me a quaote oa about 650 for off brand, without stainless steel etc.

But, how much can a t-top cost--I think Bigshot said he paid 1500 for one in his hydra sport. anyone know?

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