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 Post subject: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:49 pm 
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Does anyone have one on their PA? Is it sturdy enough to mount a camera or maybe even a fish finder to (so it's almost over head)? Does it move easily so I can stand up when necessary?


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:25 pm 
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I have been curious also.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:14 am 
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Over 200 views which makes me think there are plenty who would like to find out more about the Hobie sun shade. If you have heard anything about this product even if it doesn't answer my questions please post your opinion to help others. Thanks in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:29 am 
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Take a look at this site. These come with different mounting bases.

http://www.pro-techt.com/


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:06 am 
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Saltfisherman gets a big thumbs up. I really appreciate the link/s. Has anyone here had personal experience with these type of sun shades? Looks like the same exact unit as shown in the Hobie catalog, I'm getting very close to pulling the trigger.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:04 pm 
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I am all for sun protection on the water, but would be concerned about wind with one of these systems. In anything but absolute calm, i can see this acting like a sail.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:39 am 
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I agree Jim_Mi and that's why I am still hoping to hear from an actual user. It does seem to be easily stowed and deployed so I may have to find out for myself. I will resist unless I can find the Mantis available from a site that would allow a discount. I see this in my future, and I am one of those folks who find discounts make me feel I am getting a deal, and thus make the purchase more likely to happen, even if it's just free shipping; I don't have to have all my equipment wear the Hobie name. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:28 am 
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ecduzitgood wrote:
I agree Jim_Mi and that's why I am still hoping to hear from an actual user. It does seem to be easily stowed and deployed so I may have to find out for myself. I will resist unless I can find the Mantis available from a site that would allow a discount. I see this in my future, and I am one of those folks who find discounts make me feel I am getting a deal, and thus make the purchase more likely to happen, even if it's just free shipping; I don't have to have all my equipment wear the Hobie name. :wink:



EC, if you can wait for a couple weeks before you purchase I have a pro-techt top that I purchased a few years ago for my boat that I'm waiting for the new mounting base for.

I used it for a couple days on a CC and it didn't work well for it, be it was no good being the mounting area I had and the rolling of the boat, the mount slipped.I plan on using it for the kayak and will take some pictures to text you if you'd like. There's a delay on the mounting base and was told two weeks delivery time frame. I'll be mounting it to the lower back of the seat, at least that's the first thought. I'm also looking to put a upper support along the top of the seat back using pad eyes and elastic cord, if that doesnt control the upper swing I'll mount a PVC conduit two hole strap. Your welcome to email me or pm me figure around Easter weekend.
Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:20 pm 
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Seems like a lot of money for something you won't be using on windy days. I made one from a golf umbrella for my Adventure. The photo below shows the unpainted prototype. The final version sits a bit lower.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:12 pm 
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saltfisherman wrote:
ecduzitgood wrote:
I agree Jim_Mi and that's why I am still hoping to hear from an actual user. It does seem to be easily stowed and deployed so I may have to find out for myself. I will resist unless I can find the Mantis available from a site that would allow a discount. I see this in my future, and I am one of those folks who find discounts make me feel I am getting a deal, and thus make the purchase more likely to happen, even if it's just free shipping; I don't have to have all my equipment wear the Hobie name. :wink:



EC, if you can wait for a couple weeks before you purchase I have a pro-techt top that I purchased a few years ago for my boat that I'm waiting for the new mounting base for.

I used it for a couple days on a CC and it didn't work well for it, be it was no good being the mounting area I had and the rolling of the boat, the mount slipped.I plan on using it for the kayak and will take some pictures to text you if you'd like. There's a delay on the mounting base and was told two weeks delivery time frame. I'll be mounting it to the lower back of the seat, at least that's the first thought. I'm also looking to put a upper support along the top of the seat back using pad eyes and elastic cord, if that doesnt control the upper swing I'll mount a PVC conduit two hole strap. Your welcome to email me or pm me figure around Easter weekend.
Tom

I can wait. I have signed up for their news letter and hope it has a discount code, there may or may not be one, but there is a box for a discount code at checkout and I am in no hurry.
I also considered the umbrella type shade but feel the flexibility of the mantis would trump anything I could put together.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:36 pm 
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Great topic here. I'm going to have to come up with something soon for my 3year old.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:11 am 
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ecduzitgood wrote:
saltfisherman wrote:
ecduzitgood wrote:
I agree Jim_Mi and that's why I am still hoping to hear from an actual user. It does seem to be easily stowed and deployed so I may have to find out for myself. I will resist unless I can find the Mantis available from a site that would allow a discount. I see this in my future, and I am one of those folks who find discounts make me feel I am getting a deal, and thus make the purchase more likely to happen, even if it's just free shipping; I don't have to have all my equipment wear the Hobie name. :wink:



EC, if you can wait for a couple weeks before you purchase I have a pro-techt top that I purchased a few years ago for my boat that I'm waiting for the new mounting base for.

I used it for a couple days on a CC and it didn't work well for it, be it was no good being the mounting area I had and the rolling of the boat, the mount slipped.I plan on using it for the kayak and will take some pictures to text you if you'd like. There's a delay on the mounting base and was told two weeks delivery time frame. I'll be mounting it to the lower back of the seat, at least that's the first thought. I'm also looking to put a upper support along the top of the seat back using pad eyes and elastic cord, if that doesnt control the upper swing I'll mount a PVC conduit two hole strap. Your welcome to email me or pm me figure around Easter weekend.
Tom

I can wait. I have signed up for their news letter and hope it has a discount code, there may or may not be one, but there is a box for a discount code at checkout and I am in no hurry.
I also considered the umbrella type shade but feel the flexibility of the mantis would trump anything I could put together.



Ecd, haven't forgotten about you. I did recieve the mount this past week. Give me a few more days and I'll contact you so I can get pictures to you of it completed. Still doing a once over as to the actual mounting of the base. I plan on mounting it to the seat back, but an item comes up as a problem. I want to temporary also figure a fasten point to make the seat back stay open, I'm worried in a breeze the seat would fold forward if I stood up, but also still be able to fold for transport.I'm not familiar with how to post pictures on the site here. Once I do get them to you if you know how to post them your have my permission to do so.
Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:20 am 
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You can make your own Bimini very easily, i did and used all aluminum. It starts right behind the seat and gradually tapers down to the front of the yak. I use it on my Outback and even in strong winds it's no problem at all.

This is not a round umbrella type, this is an elongated bimini around 4 feet wide which tapers down to around 3+ feet at the tip and it's about 7 feet long. It's built for maximum sun protection that is feather light and pops off instantly if desired. When i'm not so busy i will try to get a pic up


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:03 am 
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I look forward to seeing the pictures and I am sure others do also. I did get a Mantis junior pro+ from Protecht and a Hobie mount. I went directly through Protecht so I could get the white Sunbrella fabric. I will add pictures of the install when I get a chance to do it this week or next, and include some pictures of it's construction.
I am very impressed with it's design and construction thus far, I hope it works as well as I expect. The other thing I like about the Mantis is the portability and the different mounts available, so I am also going to use it with my canal cruiser (trike) once I figure how to mount it.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie folding bimini
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:45 am 
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Ecd, email sent your way.
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