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mrdrago posted 08-27-2003 12:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for mrdrago   Send Email to mrdrago  
I recently purchased a 17 [MONTAUK] that came with a Bimini top. Not sure the make of the bimini, but it is mouned at the center of the boat. All works well unless I lower it in which case it rests on the back rails or front rails. There does not appear to be enough room for the bimini to sit behind the rails on either the back or front, plus the bimini is not adjustable anyway. My question is does anyone know of hardware that can be purchased to support the bimini in an upright position while folded up? I bought two support rods from Boat US but is doesn't work because the clamps cannot be installed on the poles of the bimini. Aparently the manufacture of the bimini riveted on all the plastic connections. So my problem is twofold:

1. Locate support poles or something else to keep the bimini upright. (at an angle slightly behind the helm.
2. The hardware must come apart at the clamp so I can install it on rod of the bimini. It can't be solid plastic or stainless jaw clamps. The jaw clamps must be in two peices.



Bigshot posted 08-27-2003 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Bimini support rails are available anywhere for I think like $50. You can also buy a slider(1,2, or 3') so you can adjust where the bimini rests when up or down.
arnereil posted 08-28-2003 06:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for arnereil  Send Email to arnereil     
If necessary, drill the rivets out and put new pop-rivets in when you are done..
tabasco posted 08-28-2003 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
I purchased my two supports from Mills and works great
folivier posted 08-29-2003 02:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for folivier  Send Email to folivier     
Check out this website for their take-apart jaw slides
I just bought two to add support poles for my top.
They were only about $8 each. They have a big assortment of all stainless fasteners etc.
lakeman posted 08-31-2003 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
If it is not stainless it is not from Whaler, I would take it back to the dealer and have it made so it works. All I have seen on the 170 from factory a area able to fold properly to the rear and do not have plastic ends. You might have to put a slide on the top to fold all the way to the rear, the 170,s looked at were already that way.
mrdrago posted 09-01-2003 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for mrdrago  Send Email to mrdrago     
My apologies I should have stated that I bought a 1986 model boat. The probelm, at least from what I can tell is that there is no room in the back for the bimini to sit flush with the deck without preventing the engine from tilting up. It cannot sit flush on the front either. On my boat the back rail goes almost all the way to the transom of the boat. Any ideas and sources for bimini's that work with older model whalers like mine?

Has anyone installed supports so the bimini rides in the upright position when closed or stored?

arnereil posted 09-01-2003 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for arnereil  Send Email to arnereil     
I have an '02 13 footer, and am seriously considering the solid supports at the back to hold the bimini up when folded closed. Reason being is the large bow rail is narrow at the back and would give problems with lowering the top down flat. Though a 13 with a folded bimini sticking up in the air might look strange, i think it is a better solution than tracks (which would still have the rail problem). And the cost isn't so high as to be a wallet killer.... my traveling with the boat is minimal, about 10 miles, and when winter comes, i can remove the bimini and lay it inside the boat.....Arne
AQUANUT posted 09-07-2003 01:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     
bimini...hmmmm.... i opted not to go with the factory installed top...mainly because i chose to put a t-top soft top instead.....800 bucks for the factory top...i am getting the t-top done for well under that,,,,,and i can fish all the way arround the console...
jimh posted 09-07-2003 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Changed TOPIC; was "Bimini Top"--jimh]

This thread is in the wrong FORUM. Please use the POST-CLASSIC forum for articles related to Boston Whaler boats designed after 1990. The classic Boston Whaler MONTAUK model was designed in the 1970's. In particular, when referring to the model name "Montauk" there is great potential for confusion because the name is associated with two distinctly different designs, the c.1970 boat and the c.2002 boat.

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