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M220 Bimini


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mfcolbrie

Hello, all!

I am new here and to Malibu boats. Been perusing the forum and it seems like everyone are cordial and helpful.

I am a first time boat owner and don’t have much experience towing behind a car. We were moving the boat from one lake to another (short distance and didn’t really get above 40mph) when the bimini locking pin on the port side came out, this caused that side of the bimini to get caught in the wind and fly up. The starboard side pin stayed in but that side of the bimini frame got bent up as it couldn’t withstand the wind force. We pulled over and bent that side back down which resulted in the cracking of the frame right where it goes into the pivot point (photos to follow). It had been working fine until today when the frame broke off completely at the already fractured point. I spoke with the Malibu dealer and they are saying 4-6 weeks to get a new bimini. 
 

A couple of questions....

1) I’ve looked in the Malibu manual about trailering the boat with the bimini down but can’t find any guidance. The dealer said you can’t trailer with the bimini down. Obviously that is the best guidance but I feel like you should at least be able to go the same speed as you can with the boat on the water.  I’m trying to see if I can get this covered under warranty since the pin popped out. 
 

2) 4-6 weeks is a long time to go without a bimini top. Been trying to find third party parts online without any luck since the M220 is so new. . Does anyone know if the G5 towers have the same frame or of a place which sells M220 parts.

Any other thoughts on how to temporarily fix the busted bimini frame? Thought about taking it off and seeing about getting it welded for now.

Thank you very much for any help.

Regards!

Michael 

 

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They may not fix it under warranty but I would tel them you were going down the water when it happened not while you were towing it.

As for parts… good luck. Not only is it super new, parts are in high demand everywhere and there are back orders galore. 
 

you might be able to find a metal fabricator who can make you some parts. I’m not sure what is broken though 

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mfcolbrie

Thank you for the reply. I wish I knew how to upload photos. But it’s the frame itself which has broken in two. The front part of it.

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Someone good with metal might be able to fix it while you wait for new parts. 

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Mine bent also last fall.   I was driving back in 25mph winds.    Waves were huge and air got under the Bimini when going up a steep wave.    It scared the crap out of me.   

One side released from the tower and didn't bend butt the other side did not release and bent the bar.  

I had mine fixed and works fine now.    

Here are some links to the picture since I couldn't figure how to upload them.  

https://photos.app.goo.gl/JRFzUua2mQSzQzT48

https://photos.app.goo.gl/8hUN1HxGxzuWTsWM8

 

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