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bdingman posted 09-01-2003 09:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for bdingman   Send Email to bdingman  
I resently purchased a 1984 Montauk that included an uninstalled Bimini top. The mounting hinge hardware has been removed from the boat and the holes filled, but the strap eyes are still in place. Anyway, when I removed the storage cover, I discovered that the top appears to be the original Mills Bimini Top. The label is stamped with the date "February 1, 1984". There was one rip, but that was sewn very nicely. The rest of the top and the frames are in very good shape. I can see on the inside of the boat were the hinge hardware mounted to the inside, near the opening in the rails. In the 1st photo shown in Cetacea, page 33, the bimini on the Montauk shown appears to be the same as I have.

All the catalog photos I have looked at appear to show the tops mounted in the reverse orientation, but the small drawing on the Mills site shows the bimini mounted like the photo. Is this the correct arrangement for a bimini on a Montauk? With the frame that includes the short, center piece of frame, in the front?

If anyone has any tips on reinstalling the top and any particular mounting hardware configuration I should be using it would be deeply appreciated.

Thanks, Bob

BB62Ding posted 09-03-2003 08:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for BB62Ding  Send Email to BB62Ding     
Bump. Any help?
whalersman posted 09-03-2003 08:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     

The original mounting brackets for the Mills on the early Montauks were mounted between the Bow and Side Rails as you mention...

I would contact Mills Canvas and have them send you out a drawing unless someone here has a copy they can scan and send you...

The later Montauks changed the mounting point to on top of the gunwale which included sliders... With the slider, you could slide the top forward and over the bow rail so it lived on the outside and in front of the bow rail... I prefer this method as the canvas does not take up any interior space... Just my preference in a Montauk...

Good Luck,

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