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walf posted 06-01-2005 03:27 AM ET (US)   Profile for walf   Send Email to walf  
I am picking up my new 170 montauk in a few days. is there a way to secure a mills bimini after it is folded forward while trailering? i will not be using a mooring cover for the first trip and want to make sure it will be secure while trailering.
Knot at Work posted 06-01-2005 08:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
Shouldnt be an issue. With it in the upright position and both braces secured it will tow fine up to any speed.

As long as it is not opened.

As for laying down completely... I recomend you bungee it to the front rails.

Marsh posted 06-01-2005 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
Get a pair of nylon dog collars...the size for a small dog. Use the dog collars to secure the folded top to the rails. Easier than bungees, and no recoil. Before the doggie collars, I found that my bimini left scratch marks inside the gunwales from vibration while towing.

Marsh

SteveFC posted 06-01-2005 01:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for SteveFC  Send Email to SteveFC     
Walf, if it is indeed the Mills top, you won't have a problem. As you were told, the Mills folds forward and lays flat. Here's mine (2004):
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/whaler65/detail?.dir=/b396&.dnm=18b0.jpg&.src=ph

The boot supplied with the Mills top has a sewn in nylon strap that attaches to the bow cleat. That top stays put no matter what. Large rubber donuts on the uprights prevent chafing.
Knot and Marsh, with all due respect, you may be referring to the Great Lakes top.
Steve

pvonk posted 06-01-2005 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for pvonk  Send Email to pvonk     
Have a 170 and Mills - I lay it down towards the stern, not the bow.

When I first got the boat, the dealer used a plastic tie to hold the bimini down, to keep it from rocking sideways as I took it home. But since then, I use a Mills mooring cover while trailering, and don't tie the bimini down.

I do have a stern seat, and the bimini lies down (toward the stern), resting on the back of the seat - that seems to work well.

Maximus posted 06-01-2005 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
Confirming SteveFC's comments. I bought and installed the Mills top separate from the the dealer. The factory Whaler top is installed opposite the Mills top...with the nylon straps aft instead of forward.

Never had a problem trailering with the top down. I use the nylon straps but you could probably get away without it.

Marsh posted 06-01-2005 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
Steve:
You are probably right...at least in part. I am certain my bimini is not a Mills; whether it's a Great Lakes or not, I can't say. It came with the boat from the dealer. Where the dealer got it, I couldn't say. On the 500 mile tow home from the dealer, it scuffed the insides of my hull to high heavens. No more scuffs using the doggie collars, though. I hardly ever use the bimini; it has been out of the boat, sitting in a corner of my garage since last fall.

You live and learn. Next time I buy new, I probably will not opt for the factory bimini, nor the "fishing package", nor the swim ladder. I'll take my time, and buy after-market stuff when (and if) I really want it.

Marsh

montaukman posted 06-02-2005 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for montaukman  Send Email to montaukman     
Hi,
I have the Great Lakes Bimini and I keep it stowed upright all the time. It doesn't wobble and it very secure. I use the two straps that make a "V" when attached to the center console rail. It is a very secure setup.

I have yet to try to let it lie flat. From what I remember, the Great lakes can lie flat if you swing it aft. the Mills can lie flat if you swing it towards the bow. My aftermarket rod holders will not allow it to lie flat as they extend insdie the boat but about 1 1/2". They would support it though I imagine with either a dog collar or bungee.

The only drag to keeping it upright is that it interferes with any rods I have in the holders behind the cooler seat. Minor point. I really like how it loks. Makes the boat look more substantial. Might add to wind resistance too but that is not a big concern for me now that I have discovered the joys of trimming.

good luck.

Alan

Knot at Work posted 06-02-2005 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
got me thinking you may be right. I will check it this weekend when I go Snapper Trappin
Knot at Work posted 06-02-2005 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
got me thinking you may be right. I will check it this weekend when I go Snapper Trappin
Knot at Work posted 06-04-2005 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
Steve.

Yep I have a great lakes top. Good call!

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