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  • New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

    There is a guy on Ebay selling brand new Bimini tops for $116 with free shipping. The company name is Northeast Harbor. I really want to get one for my small v-hull, and the price is crazy cheap. So, what do you all think? A waste of $, you get what you pay for, etc? Just go to Ebay, and do a search for Bimini tops, and this pops right up.
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    Re: New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

    Generally, you do get what you pay for with these. If you use economy fabric and a light gauge aluminum frame, you can sell them pretty cheaply. But how long will it stand up to the elements? You also have to consider after-sale service. Can you get replacement of parts if something fails during the warranty period? Is there any warranty in the first place?

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      Re: New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

      I had my ********* $249 frame snap like a twig when I brushed up against a piling. The material was top of the line Sunbrella but the cheap chinese made frame is crapola. I can imagine the quality of a $126 set is.
      better off buying a decent bimini on a closeout or overstock. You just dont have a wide choice of colors on closeouts/overstock. Search the web for bimini closeouts.
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        Re: New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

        If you can believe what they say then it appears to be a good deal. The ad claims to be 600D canvass and if that's true then that is a pretty fair material. You will have to be sure it is dry before packing it away cause canvass will mildew if wet. I had on many years back and it served me fine, just can't believe they are still selling for that price. I am sure it is not a heavy duty frame as it is only 7/8" but that is what I have on my boat and it works fine, I just don't use it in a storm.

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          Re: New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

          I bought a $140 bimini from safeguard covers 2 years ago and have been very happy with it. It has a 5 year warranty and the seller is right here in Orange County CA. I know they are certainly not made here, but I have somewhere to go if I have trouble with it.

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          • #6
            Re: New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

            Once you drill holes in your boat to mount the cheap top the holes are fairly permanent. Wouldn't you rather have a better top that you can get replacement parts for than a bunch of holes where you have mounted several cheap tops that may last a season and may not?
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              Re: New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

              What boat will this be going on? It makes a difference. I have a $3k 28 year old boat, so I was not real picky. I just needed something to shade my family from the 120+ degree heat at Lake Mohave.

              If I had a nicer boat, I would likely have gone a little higher end. However, like I said, it is holding up just fine so far.
              Last edited by SDSeville; April 21st, 2014, 10:52 AM.
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                Re: New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

                it must be really expensive to ship an odd-shaped item like a bimini so if the seller is absorbing that cost, what's he's selling is really really cheap.
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                  Re: New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

                  I have one of those "el cheapo" tops on my boat; got it for $130 including the rear support poles. The only additional holes I had to drill were for the strap supports on the front (the mounting points for the original tops that came on my boat when new were in the right place). So far the top has performed as expected. The poles don't seem any better or worse than others that I have seen. I run the boat at full speed with the top deployed, so its not like I have babied it. I figured at a third of the cost of a brand name top for a boat that I paid less than $3K for, I come out ahead if it lasts a few seasons.

                  Its the same top that is deployed in my signature pic, by the way...

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                    Re: New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

                    Originally posted by Home Cookin' View Post
                    it must be really expensive to ship an odd-shaped item like a bimini so if the seller is absorbing that cost, what's he's selling is really really cheap.
                    The shipping is actually not bad. The frames are 3 pieces each (the 2 arms and one top piece), so it ships in a much smaller box than you would think. Once together, it is very stable.

                    I have had more expensive (but still aluminum framed) biminis on other boats and this one seems very similar once installed. The wildcard to me is wondering how long the material will last.
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                    • #11
                      Re: New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

                      Originally posted by eavega View Post
                      I have one of those "el cheapo" tops on my boat; got it for $130 including the rear support poles. The only additional holes I had to drill were for the strap supports on the front (the mounting points for the original tops that came on my boat when new were in the right place). So far the top has performed as expected. The poles don't seem any better or worse than others that I have seen. I run the boat at full speed with the top deployed, so its not like I have babied it. I figured at a third of the cost of a brand name top for a boat that I paid less than $3K for, I come out ahead if it lasts a few seasons.

                      Its the same top that is deployed in my signature pic, by the way...

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                      Eric
                      i too am looking for a cheap bimini top. where did you order yours from?

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                      • #12
                        Re: New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

                        Originally posted by jobofly View Post
                        i too am looking for a cheap bimini top. where did you order yours from?
                        eBay.

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                          Re: New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

                          Originally posted by Home Cookin' View Post
                          it must be really expensive to ship an odd-shaped item like a bimini so if the seller is absorbing that cost, what's he's selling is really really cheap.
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                            Re: New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

                            I bought one of the "cheap" bimini tops off of ebay about a month ago, and installed it on my 18' aluminum grumman flat bottom boat. It was shipped from Kentucky and I think I bought it from the seller that the OP was asking about. So far I am happy with it. It is pretty sturdy and the canvas is pretty heavy duty looking. It even came with a "boot" to cover the canvas with when in the folded up position. Free shipping and was super fast. I ordered at about 2:00am on a Wednesday morning and I got it via Fed-Ex at about 9:30 am on Saturday morning. That was from Kentucky (Lexington I think) to Ruskin fl. I thought that was fast. I've had mine opened up on the water at about 25-35 mph and it stood proud. I think they are a good value, and it comes with a five year warranty. my 2 cents.

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                              Re: New Bimini top on Ebay REALLY cheap????

                              Originally posted by SDSeville View Post
                              ...The wild-card to me is wondering how long the material will last...
                              The fabric is Canvass, Think Cotton.
                              Sunbrella is Acrylic, Think Plexiglas.

                              If you keep the Canvas/Cotton dry and out of the elements when not in use, it should hold up.
                              If you intend to keep it open all time, one season may be the limit.
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