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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

SWIM STEPS AND BIMINI TOPS...........



Pictured is a nice selection of new and used Bimini tops for boats ranging from 15' to about 50'. There is also a good selection of the stainless steel and aluminum frames. Our prices range from about $60.00 to $500.00. Recently I purchased a new Sunbrella canvas top for a 15 foot Boston and was a bit shocked when I was handed a bill for $425.00. I skipped the little cover that went over the top when the Bimini was closed because that was an additional $125.00. I mentioned that at Minneys, you could usually by the whole shebang-- top, frame and cover for less than $200.00. My comment wasn't appreciated?

Also pictured is a nice selection of teak and fiberglass swim steps. With dock rent in Newport Beach an average of $30.00 a month per foot of your boat, boaters are removing their swim steps and selling them to us. The average swim step is 2 to 3 feet wide so you can see that's an extra $60.00 to $90.00 a month savings in dock rent. I was recently in Santa Barbara where I saw where a skipper had sawed off his bowsprit at the stem of his boat and then hinged it and kept it hoisted up when in his dock. Bow sprit was close to 10 feet long. A bit radical but great savings in dock rent. The prices of our swim steps usually range form about $150.00 to about $500.00. Quite often home owners purchase the teak swim steps and make coffee tables or bars out of them.

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