|I wat to put a bimini top on my MC prostar 205 and was wondering if anyone with any boat could post pics of how there's is mounted? I also have a phat budde tower on my boat as well so I need some options on mounting it, tower mount, hull mount, windshield mount?|
|The Boss Bimini's are clamped to the tower in several point - http://www.bosswake.com/product_master_detail_expand.asp?ID=3 |
Our's mount to the tower and are straped to the boat like a traditional bimini - http://monstertower.com/pdf/Monster%20Bimini%20Manual.pdf
Booma also has a pretty cool setup - http://boomatower.com/images/bimini480.jpg
i bought a couple of those fixed bimini poles and cut them to the right length for the rear supports. then i riveted a couple of the little deck mount clevises to the tower. i just wrap the front straps around the front part of the lower hoops on the tower. works great.
|That is a good idea trace, I like it. i have found a bimini frame on ebay for $55 and my wife can sew the canvas top. I just have to be sure I can mount it somewhere that won't interfere with the tower. It doesn't come with any tower clamps or anything like that, just the regular side gunnel mounts. Maybe I can fabricate some type of bracket to attach it to the tower, or rivet it as you did.|
|oh, prob not obvious, but for the lower mounts i had special long nuts machined - big ~5/8" fine thread on one end, little 1/4" or whatever it was on the other for the stud-type bimini screws. this would only work with a swoop style tower with mount bolts in that area, though. |
only the upper pole supports are riveted, but since mounting it this way i wouldn't be afraid to mount the whole thing with rivets. stainless rivets are really strong, much better than using screws into a blind hole, and look cleaner than clamps IMO. (not the best choice in tension, however)
i just bought a standard size 6' long Sunbrella bimini from some place online, and cut about 8" off the bottom of the legs. shades the cockpit much better this way, and fits better when booted & strapped to the tower.
(Message edited by trace on February 23, 2004)
|found a better one, DL the fullsize image & you can see the details: |