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hughmcmillan posted 02-21-2001 09:40 AM ET (US)   Profile for hughmcmillan   Send Email to hughmcmillan  
I am about to get a 13 Sport and am wondering what I should get for accessories.

I am somewhat desireous of getting a seatback for the helm and probably cushions for some of the thwarts. Any thoughts? Neither the dealer or Whaler's web site have any information on these items at all.

I was also intertested in the Bimini top but again all I could find out from the dealer was it came in Red, Green and Blue and clamped to the rails. Is it a good option? Is Mills a better source for the top?

Any recommendations to mounting a fire extinguisher and paddle/boathook combination?

Many thanks,

Hugh McMillan

Bill Davis posted 02-21-2001 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
I have a swivle seat clamped on behind the wheel, and I love it. I am going to get a second one.

Never heard of a top that clamps on the rails. That sounds interesting, as it doesn't sound like it requires holed to be drilled.

Would love to see some pix of a really decked out new style 13 Sport like yours.

Bill Davis posted 02-21-2001 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
On the Bimini top question, see

CDN posted 02-24-2001 12:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for CDN  Send Email to CDN     
Dave's has lots of upholstery and seatback kits for the new Sport 13.

Take a look at:

jimh posted 02-24-2001 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Regarding the Bimini Top on the 13-Sport(new):

I saw a Bimini top fitted to a 13-Sport(new) at a boat show. The hinge point of the top frame was mounted to the side rails of the boat. The top was stabilized with web straps fore and aft. At first glance this looks like a good set up because you don't have to drill any holes in the boat for the hinges; they slip around the railing of the side rails and clamp on.

In the up position it looked fine. I unhooked the forward straps and folded the top down into the stern. (The frame hinges were arranged such that this was the direction it wanted to fold.)

The result was a completely unstable mess. The rails of the frame folded down and landed on top of the side rails, leaving the folded top suspended about 6-8 inches above the gunwales of the boat. The frame wanted to slide to one side or the other of the boat's side rails, but this would require the whole frame to bend out of alignment.

The saleswoman came over, quite upset with me, and wanted to know what I was doing. I told her I was trying to stow the top. I asked her how it stowed, as the way I folded it was clearly totally unstable and not an acceptable method for stowing the top.

She had no answer for me--I don't think she understood that one might want to stow the top without removing it from the boat entirely. She put the top back up and made it clear to me that I was not supposed to fiddle with it anymore.

On the 13-Sport (classic) the side rails are mounted inside the gunwales, but on the 13-Sport (new) they are mounted on the the gunwales. So there is no place on the gunwales that a hinge could be mounted.

I would like to hear of anyone who has figured out a better method of mounting the bimini top.

I don't know if the installation I saw was the "factory" mounting or the if it was just a top the dealer had added.


Dick posted 02-24-2001 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
If that was a factory top it was made by Great Lakes. I had a lot of problems with their canvas when I worked at the Whaler dealership. The last year there I ordered only from Mills.
Contact them and see what they have available. It will be better.
Bill Davis posted 02-24-2001 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
Your description sounds like the top at Dave's upholstry looks at the above named web site: attached to side rails, etc.
I guess it is too good to be true.

But the Dave's cushions look really great.

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