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jstenger
05-25-2011, 01:16 PM
I finally got my bimini mod done. I think it tuned out pretty good.

http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd382/Joestenger/DSC02020.jpg

The tubes are 2 1/2" long. I don't own a fancy crimper, so I used #8 stainless screws. I drilled and tapped holes for the screws in the tower.

http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd382/Joestenger/DSC02013.jpg

I bought the rail mount hinges from Gander Mountain / Overtons and modified them.

http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd382/Joestenger/DSC02008.jpg

I placed a sheet of 40 grit sand paper around a 1 1/4" piece of PVC pipe. The O.D. of the pipe measures about 1 5/8". I rough sanded until I got close, and finished up with some fine sand paper. I cleaned the burrs with a knife.

http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd382/Joestenger/DSC01992.jpg

The nice thing about it is that I can leave the bimini fully attached, and still fold my tower forward.

deafgoose
05-25-2011, 01:35 PM
I don't get it.

What is the advantage to this mod?

jstenger
05-25-2011, 02:07 PM
No rear straps, no flopping around bimini, two hands to put cover on, and head protection from my future Exiles.

KSmith
05-25-2011, 03:12 PM
Awesome! Do I see a mod front poles in the near future?

I too despise straps on the bimini, well done Sir, well done indeed!

newty
05-25-2011, 03:22 PM
Nice! Great idea molding the brace points to fit tthe tower.

deafgoose
05-25-2011, 04:19 PM
I competely forgot about those straps. :)

My boat has been in storage since October so I almost forget what she looks like. lol

cab13367
05-25-2011, 07:43 PM
Great idea! I may have to copy this at some point.