Re: [OMC-Boats] bimini top

From: Lee Shuster <Lee.Shuster@...>
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2010 15:17:14 -0600

Hi Doug,

These tops are available from a number of sources: Overton's West Marine, etc. Check out their web's

The bimini style top is one of the more useful accessories you can purchase, imho. When I got one for my boat a few years ago, my wive wondered it took me so long.

I would offer the following suggestions, based on equipping my Sportsman with a Shademate bimini top.

1) choose the top fabric color and material. Sunbrella is an acrylic material that will last the longest. But you can also spend less on polyester or even vinyl. Most tops come with matching boots or storage covers and mounting hardware and strap kits.

2) choose the hardware frame. The std tubing is aluminium; but stainless steel is also available at extra cost. Stainless is stronger and resists corrosion better.
the mounting point.

3) Measure carefully. I like being able to stand and walk under my top. So measure the height from the mounting point. The length would typically be 6-ft for a 16-ft but 8-ft might be better for a 19-ft. Three-bow frames are most typical but two and four-bow frames are also options. You will also need to specify the width. You can mount inside or on top of the gunwale, which will affect you width.

4) Optional hardware you want to consider: Rear brace poles, slide tracks for mount points to facilitate storage. Also, one little item you won't want to forget: Get the optional Laynard Pull Pins. They'll prevent you or your crew from accidentally dropping the pull pins into the water.

While the aftermarket bimini top doesn't have the cool, sleek 60's look, of the original OMC top designs, the classic Bimini is a more functional design.


From: omc-boats-bounces@... [] On Behalf Of spauldingv@... [spauldingv@...]
Sent: Saturday, April 03, 2010 8:29 AM
To: omc-boats@...
Subject: [OMC-Boats] bimini top

looking for a bimini top for a '69 Evinrude 155 Sportsman....any ideas? Also mooring cover....all canvas for this boat needs help!
Received on Saturday, 3 April 2010

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