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Old 04-24-2019, 12:14 PM   #1
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Replacement Canvas

Couldn't find a Bimini top section for posting this but we need a Bimini top for our 30' Sundowner. Having trouble finding one 10'4" wide. Anyone have a company you could refer me to? Thanks.
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Old 04-24-2019, 02:17 PM   #2
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Are you referring to the frame or the canvas? I would look for a local fabricator to make it. One that wide will probably need to be 1 1/4” frame to be strong enough.
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I need both frame and canvas. I was quoted $2,200 from a place in South Florida, sounded pretty high for a 10' × 8' Bimini, so I turned to the knowledgeable Trawler Forum members for direction!
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That quote doesn’t sound too bad depending on the material they are going to use. Have you looked at putting a hardtop on instead of canvas?
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We have considered a hard top but thought they would be more expensive. You mentioned that the quote didn't sound too bad, that's the kind of information we need, we had no clue as to how much they cost. We don't mind spending that amount if that's the going price. I will check out prices on hard tops, thanks for your input.
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I 2nd the hardtop. I’ve had both and the hardtop is way cooler and dryer than canvas, plus if it’s built strong enough you can store some light weight stuff on top .
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We have considered a hard top but thought they would be more expensive. You mentioned that the quote didn't sound too bad, that's the kind of information we need, we had no clue as to how much they cost. We don't mind spending that amount if that's the going price. I will check out prices on hard tops, thanks for your input.
I'd consider the hardtop route but that quote on the bimini sounds low to me. I'd double check the materials. I've seen stainless steel up to $10,000. I would have expected at least $3000-4000 on yours.
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Good points, I'll check them out. Thanks
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Turner: Before making a decision, I’d call Marine Liquidators in Ft. Pierce, FL. My last trip over there, they had dozens of clean take-offs and factory close-outs in lots of colors. Your size is not that rare.
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Turner: Before making a decision, I’d call Marine Liquidators in Ft. Pierce, FL. My last trip over there, they had dozens of clean take-offs and factory close-outs in lots of colors. Your size is not that rare.
I agree with this. It's much easier to modify an existing top to fit rather than creating one from scratch.

Another thing to look out for is boats in terrible shape being sold for next to nothing on craigslist. They are typically non running and @ anchor BUT the owners are usually willing to sell parts off of them.

Couple of examples
Lots of framework but no canvas. Selling boat for 1200 so i'm sure it'd be cheap.
https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/...863294542.html

Nice arch to build off of.
https://pensacola.craigslist.org/boa...868843546.html
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Northstar Products is a great company to use. You can access them online and order or call them. They have stock and custom work. I ordered two different ones from them and they built them and shipped them within a week. They have very good prices and stand behind their work. In one case I sent them my old canvas from my custom awning and they duplicated it. Northstarproductsinc.com
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On mobile so can't see your location - where are you?
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He's in Biloxi.
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Yes, we are in Biloxi, Ms.
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Northstar Products is a great company to use. You can access them online and order or call them. They have stock and custom work. I ordered two different ones from them and they built them and shipped them within a week. They have very good prices and stand behind their work. In one case I sent them my old canvas from my custom awning and they duplicated it. Northstarproductsinc.com
I just emailed them the specs of what we need. Thanks for the referral.
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Turner - Call Andy at Northstar. he is the guy to talk to and will talk through any thing special you need. He is a great guy and very fair. His number is (419) 382-8450. Feel free to tell him Jeff Duncan referred you. Good luck.
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Will do, thanks
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Will do, thanks
Just called him, $1,100 cheaper than the other quote I received! Thanks for the referral!
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canvas related question, I have been thinking about bunting the rear of the flybridge and the sundeck. saw a few boats with hard plastic/fiberglass panels in those areas. wondering where you get those solid ones...
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Be sure to ask them to use UV resistant thread when they sew it. It’s probably standard now, but it wasn’t when I bought my first Bimini. I deal with American Marine Coverings here in Miami.

Isn’t there a canvas shop near you? The shipping on a Bimini frame must be expensive.
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