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    Posted: 09/09/2019 at 1:15pm
New to forum and to pontoons and boats in general........I recently purchased a 2003 Fisher Freedom 220 DLX Fish.  The boat is in great shape but is missing the Bimini frame and top.  The width from rail to rail is 100 inches and from floor to railing its 27 inches.  I think I should be looking at 10 ft in length and 48 inches tall.  By my calculations that will give me 75 inches in height from floor to top of Bimini. Of course my budget wants the least expensive but I also don't want something cheap and flimsy. I have found the below.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

https://www.boatcoversdirect.com/products/bimini_tops/FISHER_172/FREEDOM_220-221_DLX_5267/

https://www.coverquest.com/products/bimini/square_tube/carver?width=96%22-102%22&length=120%22&height=48%22

https://www.empirecovers.com/detail.aspx?p=BTS64655
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They also sell them here:
https://www.pontoonstuff.com/collections/pontoon-boat-bimini-tops
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Originally posted by Bruenar Bruenar wrote:

New to forum and to pontoons and boats in general........I recently purchased a 2003 Fisher Freedom 220 DLX Fish.  The boat is in great shape but is missing the Bimini frame and top.  The width from rail to rail is 100 inches and from floor to railing its 27 inches.  I think I should be looking at 10 ft in length and 48 inches tall.  By my calculations that will give me 75 inches in height from floor to top of Bimini. Of course my budget wants the least expensive but I also don't want something cheap and flimsy. I have found the below.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

https://www.boatcoversdirect.com/products/bimini_tops/FISHER_172/FREEDOM_220-221_DLX_5267/

https://www.coverquest.com/products/bimini/square_tube/carver?width=96%22-102%22&length=120%22&height=48%22

https://www.empirecovers.com/detail.aspx?p=BTS64655
 
If I had it to do over again,  I would go with an electric (Power Arm 2) cover.  I am very much considering junking the manual one I have and next year putting an electric one on.
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I looked at those but the 10 foot manual just fit my boat budget better.  Now i need to replace the carpet and the seats.  This is a fishing toon but I wont be using it for that.  I have removed the live well and trolling battery box up front to allow more room for additional seating.  All of this is plans for spring next year.  Right now I just need to get the boat in my name and on the water before it gets too cold.
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It certainly isn't the least expensive way to go, but if I had it to do over again, I would have gotten a Power Arm 2 electric Bimini cover and saved a lot of cussing on the lake.
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