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Bimini top - what length? Apr 19, 2017 05:04 AM #1

  • wgander
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What length should my bimini be?
I'm considering ordering one and they come in 6' and 8' lengths.
My '98 1950CLbowrider came with a convertible top that snaps to the windshield. It's OK for the rain, but you can't stand up under it.
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Bimini top - what length? Apr 19, 2017 08:51 AM #2

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Kinda like horsepower, nobody ever claimed they had too much. B)
Jeff & Tara
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Bimini top - what length? Apr 19, 2017 03:47 PM #3

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Jeffw wrote:
Kinda like horsepower, nobody ever claimed they had too much. B)

Actually a lot of truth to this statement.

Some things to think about, though:

Do you have enough gunnel (or other surface) to mount a huge bimini?
Are you gonna want to fish? A bigger bimini will be in the way more.
Are you going to want to (or possibly want to) add isinglass "windshield" panels? If so you would want the leading edge of the bimini to be (roughly) directly above the top edge of the windshield.
A bigger bimini will have more "windage." If not very tight, it will balloon and/ or flap in the breeze, and possibly impact your fuel consumption. This is true with any bimini, but the bigger the canvas, the bigger the impact.
Looks. Looks may not matter much, but IMO big biminis on sportboats look ridiculous. I have always had small biminis on my boats, and most factory biminis on the smaller boats are in the 4 foot range......
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Bimini top - what length? Apr 20, 2017 04:43 AM #4

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Thanks for the replies.
I would probably use the bimini mostly while on USCG Auxiliary patrols, most of which are many hours at idle speed or just above plane speed, so wind and fuel consumption are not a consideration, especially with a 3 liter, 4 cylinder engine. I don't know if I'd keep it up during water sports. I don't fish much, but don't think it would interfere. I have no need for side curtains, I'm only concerned about avoiding 8 hours of baking in the SoCal sun. I guess I'll have to take a measurement to see how much coverage 6' would provide, and if 8' would be necessary.
1998 Capri 1950CL
3 Liter MerCruiser
Furuno 1622 Radar, Garmin echoMAP44dv, Si-tex ADF, Uniden Cl 2 VHF with Hailer,
2 batteries with Combiner, Joystick Wakeboard Tower
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Bimini top - what length? Apr 20, 2017 08:48 AM #5

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That's a good approach, but remember, the sun is directly overhead about 2 hours mid-day, then you have angles.
Jeff & Tara
(And Ginger too)
Lake Havasu City, AZ
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2000 Bayliner 2858
"GETAWAY"
MMSI: 338094599
In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. July 2, 2010
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Bimini top - what length? Apr 20, 2017 12:15 PM #6

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I went with a 6 foot on my 1988 1950 capri. It looks correct and functions great. I went to empirecovers.com great product and great price.

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