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Tsuriki BW posted 04-30-2001 03:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tsuriki BW   Send Email to Tsuriki BW  
Dog went ballistic, howling and barking..What the??

Boxes were left on the porch..UPS driver hauled ass to his truck..

Looks like everything is here. Talked to the guy in Florida and he said if I have any probs, just let him know. He will walk me thru it.

Well let you know how I do.


Macman posted 04-30-2001 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Macman  Send Email to Macman     
I for one am dying to hear about this top. They look nice on the web site, yet there is conflicting evidence that they might be cheesy. Can't wait to get the scoop............
Eric posted 05-01-2001 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
thanks for the update; standing by for more news. Some of the consensus on these tops were that they were too light, but I still think that might be the best reason to use one in a smaller whaler. After watching rods being passed around the bimini on the dual console whaler next to me last week, I want a bimini even less.
Tsuriki BW posted 05-01-2001 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Initial reaction is it's of pretty good quality. It seems a bit of a "Tinker Toy" to assemble, but I think it will be just fine when I am done. Am reading the instructions very carefully before I get started. AND it is removable from the base to garage the boat.

Guy at Bimi-T-top has given me his cell phone number as well as the office number. Told me to call anytime I have a question.

I got the Burgandy color top and matching boot. Too many green and blue on the water!

Probably won't get started till this weekend or next week. (parents coming from Brookings, Or on Friday).


whaleryo posted 05-01-2001 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaleryo  Send Email to whaleryo     
Question: Who is the mfg of the top that you're talking about? Does anyone know about the Bimini tops offered by Overton's?

I'm looking for top for my 15' Sport.

Bill Yovino

Eric posted 05-01-2001 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
The site for the top is:
The manufacturer is an engineer in Tampa, FL. It's a small business, I got the impression that it's kind of a sideline for him. I got a very good first impression from a phone call, but haven't seen a top personally.
Tsuriki BW posted 05-01-2001 07:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Guy at Bimi-T tp is the engineer. Tayler Made Products. actually makes the unit. Bimi-T is very customer oriented from my experience to date.

Wanted a "T" top for fishing but didn't want a permanent mount so I couldn't keep the Dauntless in the garage. If the strength and stability are there, this top is perfect.


DaveIsaacs posted 05-01-2001 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveIsaacs  Send Email to DaveIsaacs     

I have a Bimi-Tee on my Montauk.

As was probably already mentioned, you assemble the top yourself to fit it to your boat and console.

You use stainless-steel tubing and what I believe is standard bimini top hardware for connectors/joints.

It is nice to have a removable T-Top. As mentioned earlier, I got plenty of phone time with the engineer (very customer friendly).

Some things I would consider:
-- Once you are happy with the placement of the top, consider replacing the use of small "set screws" with actual bolts as used elsewhere. I have had to tighten up these set screws when some poles came loose.
--- You would need to consult the company on this because it would add weight (I haven't tried it yet): replacing many of the plastic bimini-style hardware with stainless components. It would probably improve the appearance of the top (of course, that's subjective).

One thing worth mentioning, the way I installed my top, the port access door on my console will not open all the way (the pole blocks it, so it opens a little less than 90 degrees). It is not that big a deal but you may want to try something else if you think it could bother you).


TRIDENT posted 05-03-2001 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRIDENT  Send Email to TRIDENT     
How about a couple of pics of your Bimi-T
Contender25 posted 05-09-2001 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
How is it? I am curious if you have had different luck with it. Most I have spoken to said it was an absolute waste of money.
DaveIsaacs posted 05-12-2001 10:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveIsaacs  Send Email to DaveIsaacs     

I'm sorry I haven't visited the forum in a while.
I have some photos and will see if I can dig them up and scan them in. Wherever I put them...

On the last post, it's hard too say whether you will like the top. It depends on what you want. A six-foot top certainly doesn't shade a lot of the deck area. It is removable and I usually don't use it during the cooler months here (Texas). When it's about 100F, no amount of shade will do but it does help to stick my kids on the pilot seat and get out of direct sunlight.

I have never had a bimini on the boat so I don't have anything to compare.

What did the others say convinced them the top was a waste of money? Those specific comments are probably the most helpful to those deciding whether to buy one.


budman30562 posted 03-12-2006 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for budman30562  Send Email to budman30562     
Just purchased a Bimi anyone still out there any new news on installing these

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