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whalerajm posted 07-07-2003 06:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalerajm   Send Email to whalerajm  
Looking to add bimini top to 1975 17' Montauk. Need recomendation on size, manuf., mounting, etc. Boat has high rails and want to make sure bimini folds down, out of way, without losing deck space...
DaveS posted 07-07-2003 07:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
I just ordered a bimini for my Newtauk but haven't had time to install it. I purchased mine from Overtons for about $260. I also purchased the slide track so I can move the rail forward or backwards, out of the way when needed. JohnO purchased one from a place online about the same time I did and got a very good price as well. There's plenty to read about on tops, try a search and I'm sure you'll find what you're looking for.

Good luck...

DaveS

John O posted 07-07-2003 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
boatcoversdirect.com . I too have assembled the top but not put on the Newtauk yet
BugsyG posted 07-08-2003 07:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for BugsyG  Send Email to BugsyG     
Hi Whalerajm,

Me and my dad put my bimini on. Its 61 in. wide and about 6ft. long. White sunbrella and all 7/8in. stainless tubing. I didn't go by any catalogs or anything, but if you are going to do it, do it right :)

JAZZ

whalerajm posted 07-18-2003 01:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerajm  Send Email to whalerajm     
Thanks for input guys...I've got a 1975 Montauk...What's a "Newtauk"???

...Is there any reason to go with a firm like Mills for a Bimini?...or is any quality rig going to work just as well?

I'm still concerned about whether or not to go with sliding mount bracket so it folds down up against forward bow rail....Any suggestions?

Thanx!

jstachowiak posted 07-18-2003 09:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak     
Sliders are the ONLY way to go. You will find you can put the shade where you want. Slide it all the way back covers console, slide forward for forward storage.
John O posted 07-18-2003 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
"Newtauk" is a pet name for a Newport that has been converted from the original side console to a center console. My was done by the dealer in 1988. Many have done it on their own.

It is a hybrid Newport/Montauk hence the name Newtauk

whalerajm posted 07-18-2003 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerajm  Send Email to whalerajm     
Jstachowiak...

Thanks for input. Can you tell me length of sliders you have...also is bimini mounted on horizontal or vertical surface and does it fold down inside or outside bow rail?

Thanks,

Whalerajm

bboeri posted 07-19-2003 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for bboeri  Send Email to bboeri     
Whalerajm,

I have a 1988 Montauk. I installed a Mills bimini several years ago. Fit and quality are perfect. As for storage, it folds down in front of the front rails, so it is completely out of the way except for anchoring. You have to pass the anchor rode under the folded bimini to prevent chafing, no way around it. Be aware that any bimini hinders fishing (particulary fly fishing) due to the side rails, and straps, but it does provide excellent shade. The quality of the Mills unit is exceptional but you do pay for it (very expensive). Perfect fit though.

Bob

sr posted 07-20-2003 11:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for sr  Send Email to sr     
Interesting! Our '99 came rigged with mills bimini. Fixed mount and folds down inside of front rail. Works great. Only thing, I wish it was 2-3" taller (I'm 6'-2").
whalerajm posted 07-26-2003 09:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerajm  Send Email to whalerajm     
Thanks all for input...

Spoke to Mills...They want $742 plus shipping for a 6' Bimini (Sundura) designed to fold over and outside bow rails mounted on a track. Sounds nice, but 3 times the price of a Sundura top setup from any of the catalogs...

Can anyone out there convince me that it's worth the extra $500???

crosley95 posted 07-26-2003 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for crosley95  Send Email to crosley95     
hi,

i also purchased a bimini from overton's. 6' model mounted on sliders on top of gunnel. by mounting on outside of rails you have access to all of the interior of the boat. the top slides forward of the rails when not in use. i'm 6' tall and my buddy is 6'3" and we are both comfortable under the top. i ordered mine in navy to match the other trim on my '65 sakonnet. its a great addition to the boat and we can run wot with the top up. i'll upgrade to the stainless hardware as soon as my piggy bank fills up again.


crosley

crosley95 posted 07-26-2003 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for crosley95  Send Email to crosley95     
one more thought on your last post.... to be fair and to compare apples to apples. i believe the mills top comes with stainless hardware. if you add the stainless hardware package to the overton top the difference is $250 or so and not $500.


crosley

Bigshot posted 07-26-2003 03:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I have a Mills top and it did not have stainless hardware and frame is alum. I had to remove all the hardware because it just rotted apart. I sold the canvas(blue) to a member here and was gonna buy new Mills canvas in Forest green. I think they wanted something like $400 for the canvas(sunbrella) alone. Mills is a freakin ripoff! They do make nice stuff though but not worth the money in my opinion. I also have a full Mills mooring cover....very nice but not $1000 nice if ya know what I mean.
crosley95 posted 07-27-2003 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for crosley95  Send Email to crosley95     
thanks big,

i thought the mills came with stainless at that price. i'll restate and say that the overton's top with the stainless hardware is the way to go. its hard to imagine the mills product being that much better. just my opinion. i've only had experience with the overton's product. it was delivered as i wanted and went together and fit the boat perfectly. time will tell on how well it lasts and holds up. but at the prices we're talking about i can purchase three overton's tops for the price of one mills. hmmmm

crosley

whalerajm posted 07-28-2003 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerajm  Send Email to whalerajm     
Crosley95,

Does your Bimini from Overton's sit and fold down outside and forward of the bow rail? ...and did you get your slide/track mounting plate from Overtons as well?

Thanks!

Andy Holmes posted 07-28-2003 02:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
My Mills top came with the stainless hardware but not rail mounts for about that price. I have since converted to rail mounts , which I highly recommend. I also recommend going with a quality aftermarket producer, as Mills is extremely overpriced.

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