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Bimini "T" Top for 17
|Author||Topic: Bimini "T" Top for 17|
posted 05-08-2002 11:19 AM ET (US)
Does anyone have experience with a Bimini T Top for a 16-7? I don't want to install a permanent T Top as the boat is too small. I think a Bimini T top would provide more room for moving around than a standard Bimini. Any advice? Thanks, JIM
posted 05-08-2002 12:39 PM ET (US)
There is one on Ebay. Search under, "Boston Whaler" (of all things :)
posted 05-14-2002 04:13 PM ET (US)
I installed a Bimini T Top on my Sakonnet last year. Lots of time and money to learn why they don't put t-tops on boats that small. It's tough to swing a fishing rod without hitting the frame. The uprights attach to the sides of the console, making a narrow walk space even narrower. A standard Bimini is in the way when it's up, but at least you can fold it down without going back to the dock.
posted 05-16-2002 03:34 PM ET (US)
I have recently purchased a biminni t top for my 89 Montauk. I have not installed it yet because it appears that the battery door will not open when the uprights are installed. Any thoughts?
posted 05-24-2002 01:53 PM ET (US)
I don't have the side door, but what I did may solve your problem. Instead of one vertical upright with a diagonal brace per side, I used two vertical uprights, positioned as far apart as possible. You might be able to position uprights on either side of your door.
posted 05-24-2002 03:33 PM ET (US)
I purchased a bimini from Mills for my 1988 Monyauk. Works great! Installs on the gunnel. No problem opening the doors etc. Folds outside the forward rails. It is in the way when up and fishing, but I hardly ever do that. Only in the rain or on very hot sunny days.
posted 05-28-2002 01:57 PM ET (US)
Having spent a year with the bimini t-top, I removed it this spring and reinstalled the conventional bimini. Face it, in a 17 foot boat any overhead structure is going to be in the way. The conventional bimini is more in the way than the t-top, but it can be folded out of the way. The t-top is in the way all the time.
posted 05-30-2002 10:37 AM ET (US)
I have decided to sent the Bimini T. It will not fit my Montauk because of the battery door. I wanted it for the sun protection. I do not fish but travel in my whaler.
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