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WT posted 05-27-2004 02:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for WT   Send Email to WT  
Needed advice.

I live in Sacramento, California where temps will hit 100 degrees in the summer. The family unit thinks a top would be nice to have.

I bought my 2004 Montauk for fishing so I did not get a bimini top. I have heard that fishing and bimini's do not mix.

How much hassel is it to remove a factory bimini top from the boat once installed?


TG_190 posted 05-27-2004 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for TG_190  Send Email to TG_190     

Easy on mine. 2 Pins hold the ball at the end of the supports in sockets. Remove the pins, slide them out, and its off the boat in a minute.
RonB posted 05-27-2004 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for RonB  Send Email to RonB     
Real easy for me too, although I have two pins and two screws on my Mills bimini which sits on my 2000 18 Outrage. I keep mine off in the early spring and then install it late spring for the warm weather. Only thing I had to be careful of was transporting it. An 8'3" beam makes for a wide bimini, and I have a small bed in my pickup truck (Toyota Quad Cab)leaving the bimini kind of hanging out when transporting. Just hang a red rag on the pieces that hang out and be a little mindful of any bicyclists on the way to the marina/boat.


Camuyano posted 05-27-2004 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Camuyano  Send Email to Camuyano     

I have an '04 Montauk with a W.M. Mills top that the dealer ordered for me. It is not hard to take off at all as others have said, only four pins to take out.

In the following page there is reference to the Mills top being much better than the factory one:

I haven't seen the factory top but I agree that the Mills top looks pretty good; however, when I fold it forward (which is supposed to be an advantage of the Mills top) it doesn't seem well supported and I'm affraid it will scratch my gunnels even if it's all the way forward on the track.

Additionally, it seems that you cannot use the anchor light with the top up. The BW user's manual says that there should be a hole for the light but I imagine that this refers to the factory top. Do other Mills top owners have the same problem?

The other problem I found with the top is that one of the straps on the support poles fell off even before I had gotten it home. I guess it must have been a bad rivet.


WT posted 05-27-2004 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Thanks for the comments.

Looks like another "BOAT" unit. (Break out another thousand dollars).

I guess it's back to the dealer to order a Mill's bimini.


Barney posted 05-27-2004 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
WT, I have the lastest version factory top. It is a good one. The anchor light pokes through a slit in the top. I like Mills products also but the dealer had the factory top on hand and I liked the quality. My top is hard for me to put back on by myself so I don't take it off. When fishing, the best location for the bimini is it leaning on the forward supports. However, I've fished at anchor with the bimini open but not secured at the stern clips, and when I get a bite I shove the bimini forward out of the way. I have to have some sun protection here. Jim
WT posted 05-27-2004 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
It's never that easy.

I have to also replace my 8 foot antenna when I install a bimini. My BW dealer uses Mill's biminis and it's $1,000 installed including tax.

Maybe I'll get my wife an umbrella.


Camuyano posted 05-27-2004 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Camuyano  Send Email to Camuyano     

Why don't you call Mills directly:

Who knows, it might be cheaper to buy direct. My dealer had already ordered it before I stumbled onto this site. Lucky for me they order from Mills whenever the boat doesn't come bundled with the top.


WT posted 05-27-2004 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

No answer at Mills, I'll try tomorrow.

My dealer says list price from Mills is $1040 and he will sell it to me for $922 installed before sales tax.


Rick Dewees posted 05-27-2004 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rick Dewees  Send Email to Rick Dewees     

Before you buy, you should have a good look at the current OEM top made by Great Lakes. I have an older Montauk and the Mills is just fine on it, but I've also inspected the current models and they appear to me to be as good or better, especially for the newer Montauks for which they are designed. They have an SS frame, sunbrella fabric, sliders and include support/braces. The ones I looked at were rock solid and, just guessing, probably cost less than Mills. A couple of regulars here, Knot at Work and Tabasco have them as well as several others and I haven't anything negative yet.

Barney posted 05-28-2004 07:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
I think mine was $600. My website has pictures of the top. Jim

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