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bluemarlin posted 08-07-2006 08:12 AM ET (US)   Profile for bluemarlin   Send Email to bluemarlin  
I just purchased a 190 Nantucket. I didn't get the bimini with the boat. I saw the Whaler bimini in my manual and noticed that it had a cutout for the light and maybe even would work for VHF antenna. Does anybody know how much shade the Factory Bimini provides and how to purchase one? How much the factory bimini costs is also a factor. I do my fishing in the summer in baja and need good shade.
Yiddil posted 08-07-2006 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
The factory Bimini is the one I have on "DAs BOat", My Nantucket 2004 vintage........It give a great deal of shade...what it costs now I dont know. YOu can call the WHaler dealer near you and ask. Yes it has the cut out for the light...This BImini can not be used for the Middle connector to the Forward Dodger if you get one..been there done that........but if your not going to get a Foreard dodger, the factory Bimini is great.......I have Both and woe the comfort and shade it provides for my extended "Sun Lounge" LIke I said, call whaler if you want one..I couldnt see having a Nantucket without the canvas personnelly......
SteviLad posted 08-07-2006 09:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for SteviLad  Send Email to SteviLad     
I also have a factory installed bimini top (Mills) on my Nantucket & think that its great, wouldn't be without it. When I opened it last week there were 4 holes chewed thru it, some over 4-5 inches across........some feisty & hungry mouse must have crawled under the cover when it was tucked away. You may want to ask for a patch kit & some material to keep handy in case you run into the same thing. I'm looking online now for some way to patch my red canvas. Good Luck.
Sal A posted 08-07-2006 09:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
I used to have a 190 Nantucket, with a factory bimini top, and a Mills forward shelter (bow dodger), seen here:

The nice thing about NOT having the factory bimini is that you can order the Mills bimini as well as the forward shelter, and by the connecting curtains, and have a full enclosure. Kind of neat.

bluemarlin posted 08-07-2006 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluemarlin  Send Email to bluemarlin     
Where to I find information on the Mills bimini?
Perry posted 08-07-2006 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Perry  Send Email to Perry     
If you plan to fish on your Nantiucket, a T-Top may be a better option. I am having a custom T-Top built for mine for $2400. No straps to get in the way with your fishing lines.

The factory laminated 4 pads in the deck of the 190 Outrage/Nantucket to secure a T-Top so it will attach nicely.

highanddry posted 08-07-2006 02:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
The factory bimini was dealer installed on my Nantucket. It works and looks fine. It also makes a bunch of shade. I cannot imagine owning one of these boats in a sunny climate without a bimini.
Sal A posted 08-07-2006 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     

Try this link:

bluemarlin posted 08-07-2006 03:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluemarlin  Send Email to bluemarlin     
Perry, I had a bad experience with my Taylor made T-Top on my 150 Sport. It didn't provide much shade. It was like a wind sail and I think contributed to the demise of my boat while it was moored. My 150 flipped in a Chubasco in Mexico. I think I want to go with the Bimini which rolls up easily and folds out of the way and wind. I also think that they are wider and the curvature on the sides provides more shade. For walk around fishing the T-top was great.
Perry posted 08-07-2006 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Perry  Send Email to Perry     
A T-Top on a 150 Sport? No wonder you had a bad experience. That boat is too small and light for a T-Top. The Nantucket will handle one fine but as you said, it does not provide as much shade as a bimini.
Livingwater posted 08-08-2006 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Livingwater  Send Email to Livingwater     
The Bimini top for the Nantucket is designed very well. It gives ample shade and it's 7'6" height is perfect for my son and co-owner who is 6'5".

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