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DanH posted 11-26-2002 01:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for DanH   Send Email to DanH  
Anyone mount their bimini top to the side rails of their boats? I was thinking of using this method but I'm not sure of how sturdy the setup is. I have a 13' sport with a full rail setup.



whalerron posted 11-26-2002 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I have a 16'7" and I use the rail mounts for my bimini. I really like the extra headroom this gives me and the mounting is very sturdy. I got my rail mounts from Overtons for about $30. Each is milled from stainless steel and they are very hefty.
David Jenkins posted 11-27-2002 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
If you can figure out how to drill straight through the stainless stell tubing, please let me know. My holes never come out the back side where I intend for them to come out.
kingfish posted 11-27-2002 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

Drill them from each side of the rail after laying them out exactly as you want them; once you've drilled both sides of the rail, *then* run the bit through both holes at once to assure alignment.


whalerron posted 11-27-2002 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I didn't need to drill any holes. The railmounts I have clamp onto the rail and can be loosened to allow the bimini to slide fore or aft. Go to and search for 25646. This will show you a picture of the mount to which I am referring.
David Jenkins posted 11-27-2002 12:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Bigshot posted 12-02-2002 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Danh, on a 13 i would not do it. The railings on 13's mount to the wood which will not handle the stress of the top. The railing screws on mine will loosen without a bimini, could not imagine what they would do with a bimini.
DanH posted 12-02-2002 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for DanH  Send Email to DanH     
Has anyone else had problems with mounting the bimini to the rails? I guess I could mount it to the top deck if necessary.
where2 posted 12-02-2002 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Mount 4' sections of bimini track on the top deck right next to the railing, and get a bimini with slightly longer bows to make up the height difference. You'll appreciate the ability to move the mounting point for the top forward and aft. I wouldn't be without it on my 15'.

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