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Highwater posted 05-30-2002 11:46 AM ET (US)   Profile for Highwater  
I just ordered a Bimini top and I was not sure what color to get. There is still time to change the order if I hurry. Does anyone have an opinion about it that they would care to share?

I first thought of going with red because it would match the Whaler logo and because it looked sharp on Tabasco's new Montauk. But then I decided that a lighter color might be slightly cooler (temperature wise) at anchor and it might be easier to clean with comet or something strong should it become mildewed. So I choose Sunbrella's "Natural" color. They also have various off-white colors including Vanilla, Oyster, and Silver. I hope that I made the right decision....

This 8' stainless steel top will go on my 13' Sourpuss. I was planning on mounting it on the top of the gunnels (horizontal surface mount). Should I use bolts that go all the way through the top of the gunnel?

Samars posted 05-30-2002 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     
Highwater...

I also recently ordered a Bimini top for my 67, 13 footer. I ordered mine through websweeper/Amercian. Nice product and nice people...good after sale service as I called them a couple of times during installation.

I ordered the Sunbrella/Blue, 54 inch height. I also got a blue boot. I installed it on top of the gunnels using 5200 and the screws it came with. I love my Bimini top, keeps me shaded during an all day fishing trip, and dry when it rains. I was out last week in windy, rainy conditions and had people asking me to come under the top. Color is a personal choice...with my blue inside and some original pictures (boat was my wife's grandfather) it had a blue top...my choice was easy. If it makes any difference, red was my mext choice as the logo and name on the side of the boat is red.

take care

lhg posted 05-30-2002 03:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Until 1978, BW exclusively used tan canvas on all the boats. In 1978 they switched to the sunbrella Pacific Blue, now the "standard" in the marine industry. Evidently, the Sunbrella people say this is their best, longest lasting color. For me, and most Whaler owners, it is the only color to consider.

Only under the recent managements of Reebock, Meridian and Brunswick have the reds and greens been offered. I have noticed that red, in particular, does not hold up well to the elements.

Highwater posted 05-30-2002 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    
Samars,

I am relieved to know that I can mount on top of the gunnels without having to drill through them. I assume that the 5200 was used to keep it water tight and not as an adhesive.

My top will only be 42" from the top of the gunnels--I hope that does not prove to be too low. I stood in my driveway for an hour holding a measuring tape this way and that, and 42" seemed like the right height for my family. We will use the boat for skiing and river exploration, not fishing. The kids will be able to stand up, and if the adults want to stand up, we can fold the top down. I was thinking that a 42" top might look better than a higher one, and it might not catch the wind as much. I may be kicking myself when it arrives.

Highwater posted 05-30-2002 03:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    
lhg, you have me thinking I made a mistake--I should have ordered Pacific Blue. On the other hand, my Whaler is a 1972 so I am tempted to order the color that would have come with the Whaler in 1972 (tan?). Since the boat has a light blue interior, the Pacific Blue might clash (then again, it might be a good match....). Maybe might Natural (white) will fade to tan in a few years?

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