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Mel Wallace posted 09-14-2006 08:46 AM ET (US)   Profile for Mel Wallace   Send Email to Mel Wallace  
I have a new 2006 170 Montauk and I'm looking for a way to stow the Bimini top in the down position for trailering without it laying against the gelcoat. Have tried bungy's around the rails, but looking for a more elegant solution. Got any? Thanks.
Speedo66 posted 09-14-2006 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
I have a similar situation when my bimini is in the down position.

I have installed a piece of ribbed plastic wire loom tubing over the bimini tube where it touches the gelcoat. So far I have no marks after a few weeks in use.

I also considered a piece of foam pipe insulation.


Marsh posted 09-15-2006 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
Two nylon dog collars from Dollar General @ $5.00 each hold bimini to top of side rails: one port, one starboard.

Had mine for over a year. I did have one failure while in rough water in Barataria Bay, LA. The pipe insultors saved the day for the gelcoat then.


Marsh posted 09-15-2006 10:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
That should have been: pipe insulators, not insultors, LOL.


bigjohn1 posted 09-15-2006 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Yep - the dog collars are the best way to go. Cheap, easy, and their work great.
Mel Wallace posted 01-03-2007 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mel Wallace  Send Email to Mel Wallace     
Liked all of your suggestions(especially the dog collars), but decided to take things one step further and make my own. I tow 4 hours each way up north in Michigan, so I made two supports from 3" PVC, toilet basin bases and saddle elbows. I then set them on a couple of rubber baseball bases. It allows me to lower the bimini top below the side rails and cover the boat with my mooring cover for towing. Take a look if the photo upload works:

Mel Wallace posted 01-03-2007 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mel Wallace  Send Email to Mel Wallace     
Let's try the photo upload again:
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Mel Wallace posted 01-03-2007 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mel Wallace  Send Email to Mel Wallace     
OK, let's try photobucket:

Mel Wallace posted 01-03-2007 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mel Wallace  Send Email to Mel Wallace     
Photo uploads worked that time. Sorry - rookie mistake. The bimini top can then be bungied to the saddle tees. Provides a solid support - everything available at Lowes(baseball bases at sporting goods store). See ya.

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