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Barnett Childress posted 06-20-2001 06:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for Barnett Childress   Send Email to Barnett Childress  
I know the Bimini top is designed to be folded forward and stows outside the bow rail, but can anyone with a bimini on their Montauk tell me if you can also fold the top back and rest it on the side rails?

I'm mounting a trolling motor on the bow & plan to do most of my fishing from there.

I talked to Leslie at Mills and she said they could make me a suntop or flying top with rear support poles to replace the rear straps. This would let me stow the top in a closed radar arch position out of the way of fishing from the bow. My wife really wants to get a top.

I really like the look of the smaller flying top on Larry's Whale Lure. Seems go give just enough protection from the sun at the console. Larry any comments would be appreciated.

Also I'm thinking the flying top could still be stowed forward inside the bow rail out of the way of the trolling motor.

Any help/opinions?

lhg posted 06-20-2001 07:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Barnett - On both the 18 & 25 Outrage, I think the Flying top gives plenty of sun protection, even with 4 or 5 on the boat.

I've had no experience with on on a Montauk, but from looking at pictures, I would think it would work OK. The nice thing about buying the Flying Top is that later you can always add the compatible Forward Shelter and Windshield. I agree with you that, when set by itself, I like the look of the smaller top also.

I would not get a top that has to be stowed supported up on it's legs, unless there is no other option (such as the Revenge WT's). Not good for trailering, and always in the way, wiggling around. These items are best stowed on the bow, inside the rail.

Barnett Childress posted 06-20-2001 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barnett Childress  Send Email to Barnett Childress     
Thanks Larry. I agree for transport I would stow the top forward inside the bow. But when I'm fishing I wouldn't want it there. I was thinking that it might be nice to be able to stow the top upright in the radar position while on the boat & fishing if we didn't have it open.

I had a Bimini that stowed in the radar position on the Dauntless. I always used bungee cords to secure it to the rails before towing. I had that boat on a low slung Calkins keel roller/bunk trailer & with the motor up I couldn't lay the top down without hitting it.

Dan posted 06-20-2001 09:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
Fly top storage can be a problem. On my 1999 Outrage 17, I can't store in a forward position. The "radar arch" position is okay when the boat is docked, and is the only way to stow it and keep the lower unit trimmed out of the water. Underway, I have to open the top or lay it to stern. When in the stern position it blocks the rear quarter seats. Mills said one of the difficulties is that Whaler wanted the top designed wide. Now that I'm used to the set up I really like it. If you run with the top in the "radar arch" position, it will shake quite a bit and you run the risk of pulling the hardware out. When dealing with Mills insist on speaking to Jamie Mills with regards to design and best way to use product. Leslie runs interference and relays messages which can make information less clear. I bought the fly top, which has a zipper on the forward edge to accept shelter and windshield. I think the fly top is the way to go. Mills products are really well made and the fit is perfect -- console/seat covers too.
daverdla posted 06-20-2001 10:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
My bimini stows outside the rails and rests on top of the rear rails. When the engine is tilted full up, it does push the top up an inch or so. I was told when I bought the boat that the normal stowed postition is aft. It's really not in the way when stowed aft.

The top is made of sunbrella material. I don't think its a mills. I noticed the mills label on the console cover and on the mooring cover but not on the top.


andygere posted 06-21-2001 02:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I have the full Mills canvas set on my Montauk, and it all stows inside the rails. The bow step is completely open for mounting a trolling motor. I second the suggestion not to store canvas upright. It will just make moving around in the boat too difficult. For two people, the flying top generally provides enough shade.

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