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PostPosted: 31 Aug 2018, 21:57 

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Ive had my Jon Boat for several years now, and this summer decided to install a bimini top. I can't believe I hadn't done this years ago. Anyway.... when I went to research these tops, I found very little on Jon Boat bimini tops. The instructions on these things are in broken english at best. After I figured it out, I thought I'd make a video on how to do it and share it with other folks that may be having the same issues. Not sure if this video will load, but I'll give it a try. Hope this helps you all out!

https://youtu.be/jLZYqCJ6X10


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PostPosted: 31 Aug 2018, 22:44 

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That's a good video. I would say a bimini top is a very underrated boat accessory. I've had one on my boat for years and it makes hot summer and wet fall &spring days very comfortable.



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PostPosted: 31 Aug 2018, 23:02 

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clarkbre wrote:
I would say a bimini top is a very underrated boat accessory. ..... it makes hot summer and wet fall &spring days very comfortable.


Yes indeed! I only figured it for sun, until I got caught in a pop-up storm on the river..... sure was glad I had it. The other bonus that I use it for is to hang light weight stuff from it. I tied a couple of carabiners from it and one holds my hat and the other holds a light weight bluetooth speaker for my tunes. I also bungee my catfish dip net to it. tons of uses!


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PostPosted: 01 Sep 2018, 11:10 

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Nice video. How fast can you go with one on a boat, does it get in the way when fishing and does the wind ever catch it and tip the boat over.



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PostPosted: 01 Sep 2018, 14:53 

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water bouy wrote:
Nice video. How fast can you go with one on a boat, does it get in the way when fishing and does the wind ever catch it and tip the boat over.



The max my boat can go is 30 mph, and the top seems far from stress. Not sure the rating on int.
As far as 'fishing' goes..... I do mostly catfishing on a big river where I cast and sit, so I rarely have to collapse it. the only time I collapse the top, is when I'm pulling in trotlines and diddy poles. it is SUPER easy to collapse. You just unhook the front straps and it folds back out of the way. If I were to bass fish from the back of the boat, I would collapse the top.


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PostPosted: 01 Sep 2018, 19:19 
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i mounted mine backwards for fishing.works perfect.



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PostPosted: 01 Sep 2018, 22:27 
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I think biminis are probably underrated. Anyway, you did a really nice job on the video.

For me it is:

1) open the box.
2) Toss the instructions.
3) Measure twice and cut three times.
4) If it is still too short, return it for a refund.

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PostPosted: 01 Sep 2018, 23:12 

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bcbouy wrote:
i mounted mine backwards for fishing.works perfect.

I have a neighbor that mounted his backwards........ must be a good idea.


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PostPosted: 02 Sep 2018, 14:14 

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Location: monroe ga
ny 1756 cc has one. i can max my speed out at 33/35. the manual for the bimini said do not exceed 35. no issues at my wot. why do u mount it backward? could u b more specific? mine does not interfer w the front or rear deck when fishing. the guy in the rear could take one of the straps loose if he had to. so far none in back has wanted to. thanks. of course mine is a little taller then a bass boat. i stand under it to operate.


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PostPosted: 02 Sep 2018, 17:20 
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mounting it backwards leaves everything back of the mounting bracket clear to troll,cast a fly or fight a fish without the frame being in the way.my rear mounting bracket is directly beside the seats so the frame is not impeding my rod holders.i just mounted a horizontal bracket made of 7/8 stainless tube ,2 jaw clamps and 2 flat brackets to the 2 verticals that form the v and now no need for a rear strap.mine is a 4 bow and covers a large portion of my boat.i just spent 3 hours cleaning the boat from the summer trip.i should have snapped a pic of the bimini setup.


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PostPosted: 05 Sep 2018, 12:47 
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Good video!

Is there a slide track or something that can be adapted to a classic jon boat like in the video to allow the whole setup to be shifted forwards or backwards in various locations?



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PostPosted: 05 Sep 2018, 22:22 

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wmk0002 wrote:
Good video!

Is there a slide track or something that can be adapted to a classic jon boat like in the video to allow the whole setup to be shifted forwards or backwards in various locations?


I don’t know of a track that would fit a rail, but what a great idea.


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PostPosted: 21 Sep 2018, 22:13 
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I'v'e seen T-tracks and mounting hardware specifically for Bimini frames. Should be easy to find in Google.



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PostPosted: 24 Sep 2018, 09:47 
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LDUBS wrote:
I'v'e seen T-tracks and mounting hardware specifically for Bimini frames. Should be easy to find in Google.


So you can buy a t-trac by itself and attach it to a classic jon?



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PostPosted: 24 Sep 2018, 09:58 
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Biminis are a love/hate relationship for me. I hate the things for all intensive purposes, because the only reason I am on a boat is to fish, and they make it much harder to fish without a doubt. But when it's too hot or a pop up rain shower comes, they sure are worth it.



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