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RFK posted 02-15-2003 09:56 AM ET (US)   Profile for RFK   Send Email to RFK  
Has anyone used the mounting bracket from Overton's for attaching a bimini to the side of the hull rather than on top.

I have the diagram for my boat showing where the wood is located. A side mount would avoid conflict with the rail.

kingfish posted 02-15-2003 10:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I have used *a* mounting bracket from Overton's - I don't know which one you are referring to, though...

Which model Whaler are you working on?


RFK posted 02-15-2003 07:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     
The mounting I refer to is Hurricane's Unimount. "Allows you to mount boat tops where conventional top mount won't work." In their 2003 #1 catalog it is on p.73.

My boat is a 16SL.

Thank you for your reply.

kingfish posted 02-16-2003 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

I don't seem to be able to lay my hands on the current catalog, but that part shows up in one of the older ones I have - I haven't used that bracket, but it certainly looks like it would work. I have fabricated a similar application by attaching a teak block to the inside of the gunwale, and it has worked fine.

The bracket I *have* used from Overtons for a similar condition to yours is a stainless steel half-teardrop affair called a "quick-release Bimini top hinge" made by Accon, at $21.99. They are really slick, because you can surface mount them on top of the gunwale horizontally or on the side of the gunwale vertically, and they operate equally well in either case, and allow you to pull the Bimini bow free of the bracket by simply depressing a small spring clip with one finger.

I'm sure they show up in the current catalog; I ordered mine from Overton's website. Take a look at them - they're a couple more bucks than the part you're considering, but they're a really nice piece of hardware, allowing you to remove the entire top in seconds by just depressing a spring clip on each side of the boat, and what is then left on the boat has smooth edges in all directions so you're not barking shins and elbows , etc. on them.


RFK posted 02-16-2003 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     

Thank you for the info. I am going to talk to Mills about what system they recommend for this boat.

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