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billmontauk posted 05-19-2004 07:10 AM ET (US)   Profile for billmontauk  
I want to purchase a bimini top for a 16/17 hull and I want the top when not in use to lay on the outside of the bow rail. Does anyone have this setup. I am considering the sunbrella top from Overtons and I'm not sure which size to get. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Bill
skred posted 05-19-2004 08:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Bill, I'm trying to decide which bimini to get for my Dauntless 16. In order to be able to have the bimini lay up forward as you described, you may have to buy the sliding track kit. This allows you to slide the entire mounting point forward or aft as needed so the folded top lies where you want it. I'm looking at that option, along with simply using quick-disconnect pins at the mounting point, pulling them and laying the top where I want, and using a small rubber cord to secure the legs to the gunwales. I'm leaning toward the second choice, since it doesn't involve drilling a lot of extra holes in the boat.
billmontauk posted 05-20-2004 12:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for billmontauk    
Does anyone else a bimini top on a 16/17 hull. If so could you share the dimensions and how you installed, i would like to mount so I could lay top outside of the gow rail. Thanks Bill
Hoosier posted 05-20-2004 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     

I wanted to do the same thing so I got a four bow bimini out of the Cabelas catalog. I followed the measuring directions in the catalog. It comes with slider rails so I can slide it all the way forward to shade the entire bow from the console forward, or I can slide it all the way aft and shelter to just aft of the RPS. It stows forward of the bow rail, I push it forward to clear the top rail and then pull it back to stow between the rail and bow light. I'm very pleased with the rig.

Joe Kriz posted 05-20-2004 03:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     

I have talked about this before in another post but can't seem to find it.

I have installed a bimini on Montauks before using the same setup you are looking at. I installed the sliders on top of the gunwales which allowed the bimini to slide forward and over and in front of the bow rail.

Here are some photos:

The photos show the bimini on backwards because we need to put a bend in the rail so it will lay flat when in the down position when turned around. It will lay flat the way it is setup now. This works out great as the top is completely out of the way when not in use and outside of the boat. It fits perfectly over the bow rail but does not extend beyond the bow rails of the boat so it won't get damaged when docking.

Joe Kriz posted 05-20-2004 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     
The last line should read:

It fits perfectly over the bow rail but does not extend beyond the rub rails of the boat so it won't get damaged when docking.

billmontauk posted 05-21-2004 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for billmontauk    
Thanks joe for the info and photos they were very helpful.
Just ordered sunbrella pacific blue with three foot slider so the top when folded down will fit over the bow rails.
Thanks for your help!
Kelly posted 05-21-2004 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
Do you rememnber what size and model you purchased?
TomT posted 05-22-2004 12:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomT  Send Email to TomT     
I used a double bimini rig on my Montauk and both laid out in front and around a trolling motor. The Montauk is awesome for front standing (flyfishing perch) or stepping off to shore with no bow rail. I had the boat top place make a double track (side by side) and it was notchy putting up but stowed nicely. Unless you have the need for a bowrail you might want to pull it and fabricte some aluminum or stanless plugs where the rail mounts go and silicone caulk (plate and screws) prior to screwing them in the holes. I mounted some stainless eyelets to hang fenders from. I did this on my 18 Dauntless (hang the bowrail in the garage ceiling) and have an open bow to fish from and walk off of.

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