Sounds like you have done your research and, like me, getting your last boat first. Congratulations! I see you have gotten lots of excellent comments above. I wanted the LEDs in my Bimini as well but decided to take it off since we will not be doing much nighttime boating and as they pointed out would not have the canopy open anyway. The standard ladder is also an excellent option instead of the stainless. Between those two items you would save $600 to $700. Something my dealer pointed out, is that the master power switch at the dash doesn’t kill everything so if you want to do that you still have to use the switch at the batteries. If you wanted to save another $150 you could go without but it is nice to have.Hello everyone! After doing substantial research and browsing this very, very helpful forum, I am about to go ahead with the order of a 23 LSB. Based on everything I've read on the forum saying "buy your last boat first", this is what I'm hoping to accomplish! My only dilemma is whether to go with black canvas or smokey granite canvas. Any and all opinions are welcome! Here is a rundown of the build:
175hp Yamaha Vmax
Textured Smokey Granite Panels
Smooth Midnight Black Accent
Dimensional Chrome Logos
Black or Smokey Granite Canvas?
Curved Bimini Top
Blue Ice Bimini LED Lights
4 Step Stainless Steel Ladder
Pillowtop Diamond Pressed Upholstery Upgrade
Silver Simtex with Metallic Carbon Accent
Zebrawood Slate Matte Trim Accent
Co-Captain Seat Exchange
Recliner Upgrade V2 Pure Comfort Captains Chairs
Swingback Plus with Lighted Speaker Grill
Simrad Go7 Display
Rockford PMX 2 Upgrade
RGB Toe Kick Lighting, Cupholders, and Side Illumination
Woven Vinyl Silver Floor
Starboard Bow Cooler
Power Hydraulic Assist Steering
Dual Batteries with Switch
Power Distribution Panel
Master Power Switch
Center Fuel (SPS) Port Fill
Dock Lights in LED Stainless Housing
Black Rub Rail Insert
Heavy Duty Rub Rail
Pop Up Cleats Bow and Aft
Ski Pylon 54" Aluminum Removable
Am I forgetting anything that I will be regretting down the road? I opted against the swingback keeper rail as I don't anticipate anyone lounging back there while the boat is underway, and also against the center toon storage. Any and all opinions are welcome!
The biggest question is how are you going to use your boat? If you’re going to be tubing and pulling people the rail for the swing back would be ideal since people could sit on the back and take pictures and keep an eye on the people in the water. If you’re only going to use it at sandbars or while swimming then you could go without since you wouldn’t be sitting back there when under power. There was a very good discussion about this topic on the Bennington Facebook page just recently. Also depends what the rules in your state are. Some states seay you have to have it in order to sit back there while underway. You could always purchase it from the factory and then take it off if it doesn’t suit your needs at this time. Would be cheaper than trying to retrofit one later.
Enjoy and post lots of pictures when you get it!