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jonofaro posted 07-07-2003 05:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for jonofaro   Send Email to jonofaro  
I have a 1976 Sport 15' and I want to put a bimini top on it, has anyone done this? I was told it's not all that simple, anyone had any experience with this?
Buckda posted 07-07-2003 06:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     

Check out the reference section of this site. Jimh added a bimini to his late 70's 15' sport and wrote an excellent article about the process.

Hope that helps.


where2 posted 07-08-2003 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
If Jim's info doesn't get you going, let me know. I've added a bimini and two 4' sections of sliding track to my 15'. The track allows me to adjust where my shade falls or where my top rests when folded down. Instead of straps in the rear, I added adjustable support poles which allow me to fold the top, but keep it standing up out of the way...

Another advantage of the track is that it allows you to distribute the top's leverage forces across a wider footprint (more screws). This is somewhat useful since mounting to the top of the gunnel provides no wood backing for the screws. A 4' section of track provides alot of surface area for 4200 to stick to, in order to help keep the track screwed down (adhesive and screw mounting).

minimontauk posted 07-08-2003 05:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for minimontauk  Send Email to minimontauk     
My 87' 15' Sport CC had a Bimini in place when I bought it. I have mahogany side boards running full length from behind the cooler seat to in front of the steering console, supporting a forward thwart seat. The Bimini pivots are bolted to the mahogany sideboards, so there are no hull penetrations. It folds down rearwards, behind the cooler seat. The guy straps fasten to stainless eyes front and back, also screwed into the mahogany. It is a little hard to maneuver around and under it, but gives great shade underway. The sliding track idea sounds great functionally, but I am paranoid about drilling any new hulls in the hull, and I dont want to spoil the look of the mahogany. Good luck.

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