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cjmarlin posted 05-30-2003 11:15 AM ET (US)   Profile for cjmarlin   Send Email to cjmarlin  
I called the BW factory recently and told them my bimini top when folded in the boot did not fit well within the boat, which I bought new last summer. They informed me that they had made a design change to store the top in an upright arch position versus having the top lie down on the stern steps. They said they would send my dealer some new struts and would be installed as a freebie. So far, so good. Then I got a picture of what it would look like when finished. The top would be stored directly overhead the console in an arch position. Not tilted but directly overhead. I do have some sense of design and not thrilled with how this will look. Have other recent purchasers of the 170 gotten the top with the new struts to hold upright and do they look OK stored directly overhead the console? Just wanted to know, I would like to get done free, but if it looks like this I this I may opt to pay to purchase my own struts and get them installed so the boot is stored towards the back of the stern. Always appreciate your feedback.
chaimemet posted 05-30-2003 05:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for chaimemet  Send Email to chaimemet     
I had the same issue w/ my 2003 170. We took the boat out for our first fishing trip out of Port Everglades last week having put on 14hrs till then just cruising the canals. We were in 3-5 with an occaisonal 6' with 17knot head on NE wind. We hit on fish trolling almost immediately less than 2 miles out in 170-250'. We caught 3 tuna and had a hookup with a dolphin. I found the Bimini especially the straps got in the way big time the closer the fish came near to being brought in. I was advised by the dealer, as we just brought her in for her 20hr service, to place a forward stiff pole support in place of the forward straps. Our Bimini was originally made by the dealer's canvas guy and was made larger than the BW one. It is 6'5" high and is another 18-24" inches longer and with four poles. So they say it will be positioned above and in front of the consel I believe enough that rods will be able to be placed in the rod holders behind the ice box so it wont be straight up vertical. There will be a pin attached to a steel cable so you dont loose it when you want to collapse it and fold it back aft over those steps for storage etc. So you can run with the Bimini up or pull the pin collapse it put on the boot and put it back up again. We have an aft rear bench #1 built for the Montauk by the upolstery factory that builds for BW in Fl here it is removable when you want to go fishing and then I have a removable livewell by Kodiak 17gls that goes in. The Bimini wont fold back on top of that and it is too big to go forward, doesnt lay inside the rails or comfortably on top of them either. I dont see any other solution. Its better than having the vertical struts instead of an aft vertical pole because that will get in the way of your fishing though alot of cruisers that is the way one ussually sees them almost like a radar arch
Jimm posted 05-30-2003 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
I purchased mine from Mills, it's about 6'8" tall and wider than OEM. The good thing is thal it folds forward or backward. I leave mine towards the front just in back of the rails. It sits on the deck that the rail bases are screwed to.

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