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makojd posted 06-07-2005 01:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for makojd   Send Email to makojd  
I have a 1996 Montauk and want to buy a Mills canvas product basically to keep the sun off my my new grandson! The Mills website offers two products, without pictures, and to make matters more confusing, 1996 appears to be a split year(1971-1996 and 1996 to mid 1997). I will talk w/ Mills but wanted to know if anyone had any recommendations. I'd like to be able to stand up and drive under it too!
Buckda posted 06-07-2005 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
My understanding is that the SUNtop is very low (sit down and drive only) but it covers quite a bit of deck space. The flying top is also low, but you can stand and drive under it - however it is very small, and really designed to be used along with the windshield and forward shelter.

There may be an alternative. The top for the NEWPORT is taller and longer (front to back) than the one on the classic Montauk. This MAY fit on your boat, but I'd call Mills to confirm.

Perhaps someone who owns this model year Montauk with the Mills top can also chime in....


Joe Kriz posted 06-07-2005 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     

1996 seems to be the transitional year between versions of the Sun Top.

The earlier version mounted inside on the vertical side of the gunwale and folded down inside the boat and behind the Bow rail.

The later version mounted on top of the gunwales on sliders and when folded down, the top slid forward on the sliders and then was stowed outside, and in front of, the Bow rail.

I always preferred the later version.
Although the above top is not a Mills, you can see how it looks when it is raised and stowed. My friend also likes his top low so he shortened the frame.

With the Mills Sun Top or the Flying Top you can stand up and drive unless you are over approximately 6' 2" tall... Then you will have to stoop a little.

jimh posted 06-09-2005 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Unless I am mistaken, there is nothing "post-classic" about a 1996 MONTAUK. It is the same boat as it was in 1976, except for a reduction in teak and a change in gel coat color.

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