Here are the basic steps to install your new bimini top.
Please Note: This is only an overview of a normal bimini top installation and is
provided for you so that you may get an accurate idea of what is
actually involved when installing a bimini top for the first time.
Your new bimini will come with a complete set of written instructions on specific
items that may or may not apply to your particular installation.
Please use the instructions provided with your top as the actual
installation guide, referring this page only as a reference.
Locate the label on the underside of the fabric. This is the
back of the top. Slide the large bow through the sleeve on the back of the top
being sure that the 2 pre-drilled holes near the curve of the upright portion of
the bow are facing toward the front of the top. Slide the medium bow through
the sleeve in the forward section of the bimini top being sure that the 2
pre-drilled holes near the curve of the upright portion of the bow are facing
toward the back of the top. Insert the last bow (there will be 2 for the 4 bow
tops) in the sleeve(s) provided.
Attach 2 straps to the Large bow (back) and 2 straps to the
Medium bow (front) by passing the end of the bows through the loops in the
straps and securing each strap with 1 screw and 1 decorative washer per strap.
These screws go into the pre-drilled holes on the upright portions of the bows.
Pick up the assembled bimini top and hold in place at desired
mounting location on your boat. Extend the top to its fully open position and
place a pencil mark on your boat at the location where the largest bow will be
anchored to the boat. Place a corresponding pencil mark on the other side of the
boat. These are where your mounting brackets will be placed. Be sure that the 2
mounting points are the same distance from either the bow or the stern.
Place a mounting bracket at the appropriate location and outline it with a pencil.
Also mark the boat through the screw holes in the bracket.
Using a drill with a bit smaller than the actual screws provided,drill the 2 holes needed to secure the bracket to your boat.
Place the bracket in place and secure firmly to your boat.Repeat the process for the other side of the boat.
Attach the main bow to the brackets on your boat.
Position the forward attaching eyes to the boat and drill the
holes needed to secure them to the boat. The forward strap eyes should mounted
at a position that places the straps at a minimum 45 degree angle as they will
take most of strain when you are "under way". Set the back eyes for the
rear straps. Adjust the straps so your top is riding near a horizontal position
and you are done!
An average Bimini top can be easily installed in a hour. Should
you need any help before installing or during the process, call or mail us. We'll be glad to help!
Feel like showing off your boat and its new bimini top? Next time you're out on the lake, be sure to grab the
digital camera. When you get back, email us your pictures and we'll exhibit them on our site.
We really do appreciate your photos!
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