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Which Bimini for a VLX with Illusion?

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Beaver

We are still working on putting our VLX together and this time we have a question about the bimini. We were thinking about getting the kind that you see on the Responses or Sunsetters as opposed to the one standard on the Illusion X. Some people think it would be better when it´s raining or when it´s cold. Supposedly, you can attach the bimini to the top of the windshield which should offer better protection when it´s cold or rainy. Is this true?

Anyone try out both of these Bimini or have any advice for us?

Thanks,

Beaver

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WakeAndSno

I highly recommend the "stock" IllusionX bimini. It looks great and it works rather well in sunny conditions. If you need to modify it for cold or rain, I think it would be great for someone to create a camper top out of it...

Imagine clear vinyl windows going straight down from the bimini to the top of the windshield - any canvas shop could do it. You could even have the extended bimini and camper back fabricated...

Something like these (only more stylish and matching, etc).

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JZ

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Beaver

That would look great!!!

Anybody know where I can get one of those? Crazy.gif

But seriously, I´m sure the thing is great in the sun and better than the other bimini and looks better, but it seems almost worthless in Rain/wind.

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ricnvic
That would look great!!!

Anybody know where I can get one of those? Crazy.gif

But seriously, I´m sure the thing is great in the sun and better than the other bimini and looks better, but it seems almost worthless in Rain/wind.

If it is raining and windy my Bu does not come out of the garage, do you really take yours out when the weather is bad?

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Beaver

You better believe it! It rains here alot, so we just try and make the most of it. No "sunny boys" here! We have been in the rain many a time. But maybe I should correct the word "wind". I think I was refering to cold air while driving the boat during cold days early in the year and not necessarily stormy weather. Sorry for the confusion. If it is to windy, then no, we don´t go out.

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LouDoc
I think I was refering to cold air while driving the boat during cold days early in the year and not necessarily stormy weather.

You are correct in that the standard Bimini won't help much for rain or cold wind. We've found that driving with the heater on and the bolster seat down with the seat pulled forward allows for good protection from the wind. (The windshield actually does a pretty good job! ) The standard Bimini is one of my favorite parts of the Illusion X tower. I've left mine up the entire summer - even when traveling and haven't had a problem. Being able to walk under it without ducking is worth the price of admission.

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smeagol
The standard Bimini is one of my favorite parts of the Illusion X tower. I've left mine up the entire summer - even when traveling and haven't had a problem. Being able to walk under it without ducking is worth the price of admission.

I agree. Its the standard bimini that sold me on the tower.

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Boomer

Another vote for the standard Illusion bimini. Although it's high so offers a little less shade, everything else about it rocks. Due to that height, it offers much more room to walk under than most bimini's.

It's also taught like a drum, and can withstand much higher wind speeds than a typical bimini. Like Keith, I never took the bimini down all summer long!

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Clubby

You should try and get someone over there to make a copy of the standard bimini but a bit larger like they have here in AUS. It comes down the sides of the tower a couple of inches more than the US version and it gives a little more coverage at the rear than your extended version. And it still folds up on top of the tower when not required.

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aneal000

Gotta go with the factory Illusion X bimini. It's impressive! As others have said it won't protect you from wind or rain, but with that said I've not seen anyone ever do a bimini that attaches to the windshield on a wakeboard boat, unless you count that one crownline with the tower! I/O's are known for that kind of bimini top. One that attaches to the windshild, we used to have one on our old Mariah, and it did a great job of inclosing the cockpit and keeping everyone warm and dry. I'm sure you could have one made that works that way, but you will be big time limited in "interior" space with it up. I guess it all depends on what is most important to you.

All joking aside, I think wakeandsnow is on to something: Illusion X bimini with clear front attaching to windshield. That would work very well. I have something like that currently on my 35' :)

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RogerQ

We have the extended bimini from Malibu on our LSV/IllusionX. We're really pleased with it. It is about 2' longer than the standard one and $250 more. Worth it for the hot summer sun in the central California valley. If it rains, we don't go out as it is rarely warm and rainy here.

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stusumm

Another vote for the Illusion standard bimini. It's by far the sturdiest bimini on the market the head room can't be beat. Rockon.gif

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RogerQ

A view from above.

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Beaver

Is the extended bimini an add-on, or do you have to order it right off the bat?

Is it necessary for the VLX, or is it really made for the LSV because of the boat being longer?

Thanks for the input,

Beaver

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WakeGirl
Is the extended bimini an add-on, or do you have to order it right off the bat?

Is it necessary for the VLX, or is it really made for the LSV because of the boat being longer?

Thanks for the input,

Beaver

It's an add-on that you can get at any point. I almost ordered one with the boat, but at the last moment decided against it. I figure that I can always choose to spend that money later if I decide that I really need it. From what I've read it can inhibit entry to the VLX from the rear & that it really works better on the LSV because of the length, which was why I decided to wait & see how the bimini works without it.

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Beaver

Thanks Wakegirl!

I´m glad it´s an add-on! We´re pretty broke right now after ordering the boat and we don´t even have a sound system yet. Guess we can order it later if we find out that wereally need it.

Beaver

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WakeGirl
Thanks Wakegirl!

I´m glad it´s an add-on! We´re pretty broke right now after ordering the boat and we don´t even have a sound system yet. Guess we can order it later if we find out that wereally need it.

Beaver

Yeah, spend the winter making a list & checking it twice, & by spring you'll have plenty of things to spend money on. :) With the extension, I'd get some time in the boat on days when you actually use the bimini before deciding that you need it.

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andy edson

Looking for bimini that covers entire back area for the 247??

Anyone add a second bimini to cover entire seating area?

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