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Swellmonster posted 09-21-2002 02:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for Swellmonster   Send Email to Swellmonster  
The framing of the bimini top is attatched to the deck by either, metal or plastic end caps.
Which is better?
Capt_Tidy posted 09-21-2002 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Capt_Tidy  Send Email to Capt_Tidy     
I pulled an "Ian move" as my wife would say and went with the cheap plastic knowing it will eventually break. But stainless steel is pretty $$.

I just hope I can find some used SS before I lean on it and fall overboard.

In the CA sun... the plastic are good for a couple of years... maybe.

JBCornwell posted 09-21-2002 05:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy, SM.

I think the plastics are about as good as the plated Zanak (sp?) in a marine environment. They simply go away after a couple of years, less if not covered.

Opinion: A Whaler deserves stainless steel bows and fittings.

Good luck.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Swellmonster posted 09-30-2002 01:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Does the stainless firm up the bimini, kinda keep it from swaying back and forth when resting in the rolled up and standing position?
Bigshot posted 09-30-2002 02:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Yes! It will still sway some but not much. I hate the plastic fittings.
Capt_Tidy posted 09-30-2002 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Capt_Tidy  Send Email to Capt_Tidy     
The plastic has already failed... can't tighten enough without stripping the threads.

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