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    Default Bimini Top extension - forward

    Hi,

    I've got an odd question. I've got a 20' bowrider, with a 8' long bimini. The manufacturer of the bimini kept warning me that the top was too big. In fact, I think that its too small...

    Currently, I can rig it to come up to about the back edge of the windshield, but this leaves the front seats exposed to the sun. Neither my wife and I are sunbathing types. I like to fish from up there or just snooze. Sun protection is really important to us.

    I'm looking for some way to extend the sun protection out to the bow, which is probably about 8 foot. It doesn't need to be able to stay up while moving (the bimini easily handles 35+ mph).

    The only thing that I can think of is some sort of a half a dome (like from a tent) that anchors to the leading bow on the bimini, down to a post mounted in the bow area.

    We've tried beach umbrella mounted up there, but they end up in the water if a little breeze comes up.

    Any thoughts, ideas, or existing solutions?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Bimini Top extension - forward

    Google a "Taylor Anchor Shade". May work for ya.
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    Default Re: Bimini Top extension - forward

    the Mantis by Pro-Tech might be another option for you.

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    Default Re: Bimini Top extension - forward

    The wetter, the better.

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    Default Re: Bimini Top extension - forward

    i saw exactly what you are talking about. let me find it. i've searched and searched, can't find it. i was pricing bimini's. it's just like you said. attaches to the front of the bimini, and has a 3 point connection on the bow. when i saw it i thought this would be great for a family with kids, who like a little nap in the bow, while anchored.
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    Default Re: Bimini Top extension - forward

    i've spent several hours looking for it.
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    Default Re: Bimini Top extension - forward

    Google is your friend
    Didn't want to post a link to a competitor, but this comes straight from Yamaha...

    Do a search for Boat Bimini Extension, and you should find several.

    The one in this photo is rather pricey (upwards of $300), but I'd bet a local canvas shop could whip one up for a lot less. It might mean modification of your current bimini, to get the extension to attach, but it's worth checking-out.

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    Default Re: Bimini Top extension - forward

    Not sure if this is exactly what you are looking for, but I just bought something called Bimini Clips. You can find them at www.biminiclips.com. They are plastic clips that can be used to clamp a towel or two to your bimini braces. You won't be expanding your bimini area, but the hanging towels will help to form a sun enclosure. The clips are also a great way to dry wet towels while out on the water. Even if they are not what you looking for, the clips still may be a worth while extra to consider. Cheap too.

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    Default Re: Bimini Top extension - forward

    Thanks for the ideas. I was hoping (still am) that Tashasdaddy could find that link. It sounds prefect. But, I'm not having much luck trying to find it either.

    The bimini clips were interesting, I ordered a couple of sets to play with.

    Thanks,

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    Default Re: Bimini Top extension - forward

    I'm in the same boat (rim shot)..... pontoon needs more shade. Existing bimini is just too short. Has anything new come along? I have searched all over but all I find are "toy" umbrellas and the nice Yamaha solution that requires modification of existing bimini (add zipper). I was hoping to find a pure "bolt on" of decent quality.
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    Default Re: Bimini Top extension - forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil3915 View Post
    I'm in the same boat (rim shot)..... pontoon needs more shade. Existing bimini is just too short. Has anything new come along? I have searched all over but all I find are "toy" umbrellas and the nice Yamaha solution that requires modification of existing bimini (add zipper). I was hoping to find a pure "bolt on" of decent quality.
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    Default Re: Bimini Top extension - forward

    I want to do the same thing to my Bow rider. Glad the OP started this thread. Looking for Solution. AZ doesn't get that much sun but still.
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    Default Re: Bimini Top extension - forward

    I found these on a search. They are t-top extenders. http://t-topextender.com/

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    Default Re: Bimini Top extension - forward

    Quote Originally Posted by flamingo1227 View Post
    I found these on a search. They are t-top extenders. http://t-topextender.com/
    Look interesting but not sure how it would work on a Curved Front Bimini.
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    Default Re: Bimini Top extension - forward

    I found these just this weekend and they look very cool and somewhat reasonably priced (if compared to a double bimini from the manufacturer)

    http://www.imbac-products.com/index....y/bimini-buddy
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