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Old 03-15-2019, 10:17 AM
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Any recommendations for an aftermarket bimini? Lots of online places prices around $400-$600 I know I want Sunbrella or a better fabric, not sure if the frame is much different from place to place.

For a 16ft Dauntless 160 if it matters.

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Old 03-15-2019, 10:29 AM
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We manufacturer bimini tops. Sunbrella will be the best material option for you to choose. Frames are available in Aluminum w/ Nylon Fittings, Aluminum w/ Stainless Steel Fittings and Full Stainless Steel (Frame & Fittings).
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:32 AM
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I've been happy with my carver bimini purchased here CoverQuest. I went with full stainless and they have sumbrella.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:45 AM
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heck, if you were down here, I'd GIVE you the bimini off my boat.. lol.. replacing it with a hard top heh.

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Thanks! Looking at Carver right now and will go that direction.

Questions, Is the logo red sunbrella a good match for BW red graphics?

Also, I have a center console Dauntless 16. I want 54" height right?
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by B.E. Coyote View Post
Thanks! Looking at Carver right now and will go that direction.

Questions, Is the logo red sunbrella a good match for BW red graphics?

Also, I have a center console Dauntless 16. I want 54" height right?
I put Jockey Red Sunbrella on my 13’ Whaler.
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I put Jockey Red Sunbrella on my 13’ Whaler.
Does it match well? Online the logo red looks brighter red and the jockey red looks a little maroon. On;ine pics are not good though.
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:58 PM
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Looks like jockey red is oem

When it stops raining I'll go out and measure to see if 54" high is what I want. I want to be able to stand under it at the console.
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I don't think you can get a Bimini higher than 54".

FWIW, I called Mills Canvas (Greenport, NY) who makes the original Boston Whaler canvas, Bimini's etc.... The one for my Whaler, a 18' Classic, was $1550 plus shipping. Probably the highest quality you can get, but certainly expensive.
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by B.E. Coyote View Post
Looks like jockey red is oem
Lucky guess on my part. I don’t have the boat any longer but it seemed to match well. Definitely not maroon but not a super-bright red either. I’d call it a rich red.
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Originally Posted by Carvercovers View Post
We manufacturer bimini tops. Sunbrella will be the best material option for you to choose. Frames are available in Aluminum w/ Nylon Fittings, Aluminum w/ Stainless Steel Fittings and Full Stainless Steel (Frame & Fittings).
i have a Sunbrella top by Carver going on 13 years. My frame is Alum / nylon Would buy again.
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Happy with my carver Bimini top bought last year. Sunbrella with aluminum and nylon fittings. I’ve always felt the nylon flex’s with the top better. Bought mine from Boat Covers Direct.
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Originally Posted by Carvercovers View Post
We manufacturer bimini tops. Sunbrella will be the best material option for you to choose. Frames are available in Aluminum w/ Nylon Fittings, Aluminum w/ Stainless Steel Fittings and Full Stainless Steel (Frame & Fittings).
Getting ready to order a Carver top. For my 2000 Dauntless 16. It came with a bowrail but it has been removed.

I have measurement question. The old mounts are 75 1/2" on center. Not sure if they were mounted by the factory or a previous owner. The gunwale is 80" outside to outside. I had planned to order one that covered the 73-78" range but the one that the vendors brand calculator recommends for my boat is 79-84.

I know I want the 54"height. Will the 79-84 flex to use the old mounts? I guess the canvas is actually bigger too so it would give me more coverage.

Not sure if I should go with my measurements or the vendors recommendation.

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Happy with my carver Bimini top bought last year. Sunbrella with aluminum and nylon fittings. I’ve always felt the nylon flex’s with the top better. Bought mine from Boat Covers Direct.
I have had a Sunbrella bimini from Boat Covers Direct, a THT sponsor with member discount (see their section in the vendor forum for the code) , for going on 12 years now of very heavy use on my Whaler. Excellent before and after the sale service. When one of the bows got smashed in an accident, they were great about getting me a new one at a very fair price, and quick. Pay the up charge for stainless hardware.
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Old 03-17-2019, 08:35 AM
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Overtons has a ton of nice biminis.
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I got a ready-made kit from a catalog. I'm more of a 'function over form' person and didn't mind that it had to be assembled and had visible joints.

Some one with a bigger accessory budget, might prefer the look of seamless bows even if they had to go 'custom.'
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I only use my bimini top a few times a year so I didn’t need the best of the best but you should give Northstar a look too. I really liked theirs and almost got one but just couldn’t justify spending more for my little bit of usage. If I had planned to use it a lot I would have spent the money for sure. Would have been about 40% more than my Carver.
Northstar uses all seamless stainless steel tubing and hardware, lifetime thread option, front and rear supports with quick release mounts, etc.. Also sizes up to 60” tall and 10’ long. They were top notch in my opinion.
Custom might be the way to go but some of those “custom” builders actually use the same cheap crap that a $300 bimini would get you off eBay. They buy the same cheap parts you can buy and build you a top in their garage and then quadruple the price calling it a custom top. Found quite a few of those online so beware.
I spent way too much time obsessing over this purchase but ultimately learned a lot about all of them in the process. Very happy with the carver I got, just offering info on what I thought was about the best I could find in a pre-made bimini out there.
Good luck with the purchase.


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Old 03-17-2019, 11:35 AM
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Thanks all.

I pulled the trigger.

Carver with 9 oz sunbrella, aluminum frame, stainless hardware.

Also ordered back supports and a sliding track.

More than I planned to spend but I'd rather spend a little more and be happy with the purchase over the years.

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Old 03-18-2019, 07:43 AM
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I would recommend going with the 73"-78" size if your mounting measurement is 75.5" on center and you want to use the same mounting location. The 79"-84" would still work but would just require it to be flexed in a bit more. Yes - the canvas sizes would be different.
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Old 03-18-2019, 08:17 AM
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All bimini tops are aftermarket. I don't think any boat manufactures make one.
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