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swist posted 06-24-2006 10:33 AM ET (US)   Profile for swist   Send Email to swist  
I just set up the bimini (non-Mills) which came on my used 2004 Montauk. Took a while to get the straps adjusted so they were all taught but without being impossible to hook.

Like an idiot I had forgotten that the post for the all-around light has to slip through a velcro-covered slot in the canvas when you are using the light and the bimini together.

The slot was nowhere near being directly over the light socket on the console - it was maybe 8" forward. It looks like the only way to fix this is to slide the bimini all the way aft on the travelers (and readjust everything), and even then it looks like it will be tight.

It would seem that the travelers should have been mounted farther back. You would want the frame centered so you could adjust both forward and backward. I don't know if the factory puts these on or the dealer, but does anyone have much experience with this setup? Maybe there is another way I should be adjusting the light pole slot position?

bigjohn1 posted 06-24-2006 07:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Recommend you keep the four straps adjusted for the bimini to be all the way aft on the tracks. Even with four adjustment straps, if you place the bimini in the "middle", it will slide around just a little bit, enough to loosen either pair of straps (fore or aft) and keep you frustrated. It sounds like you have the bimini made by the Great Lakes Boat Top Company (as I do). I think they intentionally cut the slit for the light pole so it would lined up perfectly only when the top is slid all the way aft.
swist posted 06-24-2006 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
Thanks bigjohn1, that's the way it looks to me too. I also have noted that the black inserts with setscrews that are supposed to lock the bimini on the track aren't very solid - they are too soft and if you really try to tighten the setscrews down, you can strip the threads (I just ordered 4 new ones).

Maybe now we know why Great Lakes canvas does not have the reputation Mills does. The fabric is the same - I'm suspecting the differences are in the hardware.

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