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Electric Bemini Top

Discussion in 'Owners Chat: Options and Upgrades' started by carribeanmum, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. carribeanmum

    carribeanmum Member

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    Anyone have an electric bemini top? Have you liked it and is it worth the money? Any issues or troubles? Anyone have pictures of it?
     
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  2. swiftm

    swiftm Well-Known Member

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    I don’t have one so can’t comment but there have been previous discussions about them that you could probably find with the search box at the top. One of those members will probably reply.
     
  3. royal4

    royal4 Well-Known Member

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    I thought about it and was going to buy one based on my experience with my buddies boat. His bimini (chrome metal poles) is heavy and a pain to put up/down. The current bimini on my boat is light weight (made of aluminum??) and very easy to put up and down so I'm not disappointed I didn't go with the electric. Go to a dealer and put one up and down to see for yourself. It also eliminates something else that can give you problems. Maybe if I had to put it up/down a few times on most trips (going under bridges) I'd get it. I put mine up almost every time out and leave it up until I get back to the dock.
     
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    BigKahuna Well-Known Member

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    The only time I have seen an electric Bimini top in person was when we test drove another brands pontoon boat. The operation was seamless and it was very durable. The salesmen had the boat traveling over 50 mph and the Bimini top was up and had no problem.....
     
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    Our power bimini was flawless in 4 seasons. Since we're on a covered lift it was raised and lowered each time we used the boat, at least on sunny days, so it had plenty of cycles. I tended to crank it down at higher speeds, though I don't think it was really necessary to do so.
     
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    Thanks Tom and Deril!
     
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    I had the hydraulic Power Arm on my last boat (2008 Bently, factory installed) and it was terrific...The only problem I had with it was the elastic cord that collapses the supporting arms wore out after a few years and you had to put a hand on the bars when lowering flat so they didn't jam into each other. I had the boat for 8 years and never had a problem other than that...I would have gone with it again but I took an instock boat due to a price that was hard to pass up. I believe the newer models are no longer hydraulic and just use electric screw actuators. I will really consider adding in the future but the hardware bennington uses on the square tube bimini's is very easy to raise and lower. I read a few accounts of people mentioning they were not the most durable on faster boats but my last boat topped out at 25mph and never had a problem.
     
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    The current model is all electric. I think the pwr-arm.com website lists a 25 mph limit when open and 50 mph in the radar position with the boot. My boat tops out at 24 mph so I may go for it this winter and of course keep the Bennington Bimini handy just in case.
     
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    Vikingstaff Well-Known Member

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    We got the electric Bimini with our 2017 Bennington this past year. We LOVE it!!!

    Raising and lowering it is as simple as pushing the button. Since it goes up and down every time we are out with it coming off our lift, it gets a lot of use. In particular, my wife appreciates not having to mess with the Bimini beyond pushing the button, and truth be told, me neither.

    With this being our first year with the boat, I have no long term dependability to report. However, based on our experience so far, I would absolutely get it again if I were buying a new boat. It's a great option!
     
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