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Highwater posted 10-02-2001 05:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for Highwater  
I would like to be able to get out of the sun and rain but do not like the look of a traditional bimini top on a 13' Whaler--aesthetically, it seems too high for such a small boat. My idea is to have someone make two short bimini tops, one fore and one aft, that velcrow mid-ship. I could ride with both tops down (one folded forward and one aft), both tops up (velcrowed together) or just one of the tops up. With just the forward top up, my wife could be out of the sun and I could stand at the wheel, holding onto the forward bimini. I envisioned that the height of the bimini tops would be about 54" from deck level (not from the transom where they would be mounted). They would be about a foot shorter than most tops. I would be able to move around under them if I crouched down.

Has anyone ever seen a design like this and if so, did it seem practical?

I live in North Carolina. Can someone refer me to a good canvas-maker who would do this type of specialty work?

Thanks.

Bigshot posted 10-03-2001 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
My bimini is about 6" too short. real pain in the neck, literally. Get one that fits and you do NOT have to crouch under. Velcro will not hold, zipper will.
David Ratusnik posted 10-03-2001 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
This seems like a minor problem. Stay away from one size fits all tops- they don't. Haul your boat to a quality canvas shop and have them measure and cut the bows to perfection. I recently put a dodger on my 22 ft Outrage using "forest green" Sunbrella canvas. It gives an older boat a snappy look.
Highwater posted 10-03-2001 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    
Bigshot, is your top on a 13' or is it on a larger boat, such as one with a center console? If I had a quick release device, don't you think it would be okay to have a lower-than normal top on a 13? Plus, with two tops, I want to be able to have the back top down, stand up, and look over the front top while driving. Do you still think this is a bad idea?
Bigshot posted 10-03-2001 01:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
It is not a bad idea until you need to get up front real fast. The other problem with a low top is it blocks you side vision and believe it not can be dangerous. I have to duck down to see if i am gonna be broadsided, not good! Gonna raise it in the spring 6-8" by mounting it on the railings.

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