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WildMagnolia posted 08-28-2001 06:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for WildMagnolia   Send Email to WildMagnolia  
I am about to secure a bimini top to my 1999 17' Standard. I plan to secure the mounting plates on top of the gunnel, close inboard, in line with one of the stanchions of the side rails. My question is does the wood meant to provide backing for the side rail stanchions continue up to the top of the gunnel? I have dwg. no. 15-J509-01, "Wood
Locations, 17 Montauk 97'". I find it of limited value as there are no section views to illustrate exact location in the missing dimension.

Many Thanks.

Andy Holmes posted 09-07-2001 02:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Hi: I am no expert but I just got thru putting a Mills Bimini top on my 98 17' standard (same hull as a montauk). The top that came from Mills did not mount at a location that had wood backing. They supplied some expanding fittings which are supposed to allow mounting to the thin fiberglass on top of the gunwale. I mounted it as instructed and have not yet had any problems, however, since there are only two screws per side, mounted about 1 inch apart, I expect that the installation will not last too long.

When I was up in Wisconsin a couple weeks ago, I stopped and looked at a new montauk with a bimini. The gunwale mount was via a rail about 20" long with a fastener about every 4 to 6 inches. I am trying to find a similar setup to convert mine as that looks like a much better setup.

Good luck,
Andy Holmes

daverdla posted 09-07-2001 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
That was a bimini slider mount. I just put one on my montauk. They are about $20 - $25 at any of the marine suppliers. I got mine from Shoreway. I needed it so I could slide the bimini to align with the vertical supports of the bow rail so my mooring cover would fit. When underway with the bimini down it slides in front of the bow rail. Check out the whaler.com website. The montauk shown has the slider installed.
Dave

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