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skiguy

Extended Bimini Advice

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skiguy

Has anyone seen a larger than standard bimini on a Direct Drive boat with a tower? One that goes back at least to the back edge of the engine cover? I'm curious if this has been done and the implications as far as connecting ropes to the tower, pulling a skier or wake boarder etc.

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Nitrousbird

Here is the bimini on my Swoop - I assume smaller than you want.

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I looked at a number of models for this tower - they were all about the same size. I only bought this one because it was "cheap" (new for $275 shipped).

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skiguy

Here is the bimini on my Swoop - I assume smaller than you want.

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I looked at a number of models for this tower - they were all about the same size. I only bought this one because it was "cheap" (new for $275 shipped).

Thanks -- Your tower is exactly the same and the top is about the same size as the one I currently have. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to go the custom route to get what I want. Just not sure how practical a full coverage top would be for wakeboarding and tubing. I'm guessing any bimini that goes as far back as I want it to go is going to interfere with the tow rope in some fashion.

The idea I'm cooking right now would be a slightly larger bimini between the tower with a zipper or velcro on the back edge that would allow me to raise the rear bimini and attach to the front one while cruising and anchoring.

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MARiley

my extension was custom and worth every penny. getting boards is nbd, but the lower tow point is not usable.

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showtime

my extension was custom and worth every penny. getting boards is nbd, but the lower tow point is not usable.

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Thats some serious coverage, I like it!!!!! I'd also like to extend my bimini before summer but i'll be working with a illusion tower and I bonk my head now on occassion I can only imagine how much worse it will be if I extend it another couple feet.

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MARiley

the girls love it because they can get out of the 115*+ sun easily. that's the best part :biggrin:

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skiguy

the girls love it because they can get out of the 115*+ sun easily. that's the best part :biggrin:

Do you get shade on the rear seat? I like the top ending a bit forward like that thus making it easier to get in and out of the cockpit from the ski platform.

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MARiley

Do you get shade on the rear seat? I like the top ending a bit forward like that thus making it easier to get in and out of the cockpit from the ski platform.

not always, but i'd say about 50% of the time depending on the sun's position and our heading while underway. it definitely keeps the whole cockpit much cooler and more comfortable. i've said it a million times, and i'll say it again, it was worth every damned penny. and after using it for 2 seasons, i would gladly pay more than i did, knowing how valuable it is.

this is pretty common. obviously, you don't get 100% coverage all the time, but it FAR exceeds just about everything else.

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