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Old    Dave (bcrider)      Join Date: Apr 2006       06-22-2009, 4:02 PM Reply   
I posted a while ago about input and seeing what other people had done in regards to making their own DIY bimini for their boat.

For myself I don't really have too much of a need for a bimini as it never really gets so burning hot on the lake that you need one around where I live and boat locally. Now that we have our summer home in the interior it gets a little warmer as it is a desert type area. Last year for the first week of July it was 42 deg ( 108 F) for a few days with not an ounce of wind. Needless to say it gets a little hot. Because I don't have a need for a bimini all the time I didn't really want to spend huge dollars on one. My next boat I will spend the $ 700 and get a good one.

Anyway after some brain storming and figuring out what kind of materials to use this is what I have come up with.

My Ex's dad owns a muffler shop here locally in town so I had him bend and weld me some 1 1/2" exhaust pipe to the frame shape that I had drawn for him ( $ 160.00). I then called an awning/sign company about making canvas top for it. The owner of the sign company ended up having some Sunbrella material which was great. ( $ 150 cash) I am now currently finishing off spraying it with black Trem Clad paint. If I didn't need this thing done and ready for my next weeks holiday's I probably would have spent the bit extra to have it powder coated.

As far as mounting it to the tower. Again if I had a bit more time I would try and make some better brackets to hold but I ended up just drilling through all four posts of the tower into the bimini frame. I am then using 5" bolts with wing nuts and washers to hold it in place. This thing with the four bolts will not move. It was nice and rigid. Now when I finish it up I will finally get the water/wind test and see how it does.

I am just in the process of painting the frame then I can run the string around the frame to mount the canvas. After next week I'll have some better pics of the finished product but these give you the idea.

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Old    Isaac Gredinberg (extremeisaac)      Join Date: Aug 2005       06-22-2009, 4:27 PM Reply   
Looks good.. Just not sure about that piece that slants down in the front.. you dont think that will create alot of drag?
Old    882001 (882001)      Join Date: Nov 2003       06-22-2009, 6:34 PM Reply   
^^^ yeah not about it either. the rest looks good
Old    Chris Watson (watsoc)      Join Date: Apr 2005       06-22-2009, 6:36 PM Reply   
Looks like you can smack your head pretty good on that when passing through the walkthrough.
Old    Hate N Pain (hatepain)      Join Date: Aug 2006       06-22-2009, 6:57 PM Reply   
Yeah, it'll create more down force on the boat hence a larger wake. Pretty nice work just reverse and flip that thing and you'll be all set.
Old    Montgomery (lovin_the_wake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       06-22-2009, 8:15 PM Reply   
I like it I think it looks good the way it is, nice work
Old    Scott McMillan (scottymc261)      Join Date: Mar 2009       06-23-2009, 7:20 AM Reply   
So you did it nice job. Are you going to load some surf boards on there too?
Old    Stephen Higgins (srh00z)      Join Date: Jun 2003       06-23-2009, 9:02 AM Reply   
I am making mine out of conduit, but I thought about doing it with exhaust pipe. I am going over the tower though. Yours looks nice, looks very strong.
Old    Dave (bcrider)      Join Date: Apr 2006       06-23-2009, 9:03 AM Reply   
Issac & 882001 - When the boat is under power the front piece won't be on such an angle so I don't think it will be that bad but we'll see. I had already thought about taking some of the bend out as well once I saw it up there.

As far as height it sits about 5' off the floor of the boat so it's still pretty high. I couldn't go much higher due to the speakers and lights above and I didn't want it mounted flush with the top anyway. The higher the bimini the less shade it provides.

Scott- I have a surf board rack so I probably won't put them up there but I was thinking about getting a cargo net for some bags and stuff to store up there. I have little to no storage space in the boat so it would be nice to get some gear off the floor.

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