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Bimini install question relative to cover snap line

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by pdxsearay, Aug 5, 2020.

  1. pdxsearay

    pdxsearay Member

    80
    Jun 4, 2020
    2005 Sea Ray 185 Sport
    4.3 merc
    Question for anyone who is an expert on Bimini installation. Given that my boat has snaps installed for the snap on cover, should I be sure to mount the Bimini mount outside of the snaps to make sure that the mount doesn’t interfere with the snap on cover (which is nice and snug)?

    Picture number one is if I mounted it outside the snaps. Picture number two will be mounting it even with the snaps, which would be more flush, but would interfere with the cover.

    Sorry that the Pics are sideways, I tried twice and just can’t seem to figure out how to get pictures the correct way on this site.

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  2. Steve in Minneapolis

    Steve in Minneapolis Active Member

    175
    Jul 20, 2020
    Minnetonka
    Monterey 278SS - 290 SDX to be delivered October 2020
    350 Mercruiser with Bravo III
    It looks like it will bind if you put it in the area of picture A. B looks better. It may also work if you move it slightly forward so it's not interfering with the cover.
     
  3. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge (Sold)
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Deck mounts for frame fittings are typically mounted inside the snap line. Most covers have "cutouts" to accommodate for the mount.

    Will it mount on the other side of the windshield?
     
  4. FunkyJunk

    FunkyJunk New Member

    7
    Jul 5, 2020
    '04 Sundancer 280
    Dual 4.3 Mercruiser, Alpha drives
    I suggest you mount it like B but have your cover modified by a canvas shop so that there are small cutouts to allow for the fittings.
     
  5. Steve in Minneapolis

    Steve in Minneapolis Active Member

    175
    Jul 20, 2020
    Minnetonka
    Monterey 278SS - 290 SDX to be delivered October 2020
    350 Mercruiser with Bravo III
    Yeah, having an opening for the support would be better. If you put it inside the windshield, the cover will only fit if the bimini is under the cover.
     
  6. pdxsearay

    pdxsearay Member

    80
    Jun 4, 2020
    2005 Sea Ray 185 Sport
    4.3 merc
    Thanks everyone for the quick feedback. this is really helpful. For reference this i an 05 185 sport.

    What do you mean by this? The bimini is slightly wide than the snap line. The mount also has a pivot/rotate ability but only one direction - should i have it pivot toward the inside of the boat or toward the outside?

    Good point...there is not enough flat pace on the other side of the windshield to go on the other side of it, but it can go directly behind it a little:

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    If i did this, the cover would not fit as-is. I could maybe use the snap on cover with the mount if it were closer to the snap line and the bimini poles could go on top of the cover but the cover is too snug to fit over the entire bimini while folded up.
     
  7. Steve in Minneapolis

    Steve in Minneapolis Active Member

    175
    Jul 20, 2020
    Minnetonka
    Monterey 278SS - 290 SDX to be delivered October 2020
    350 Mercruiser with Bravo III
    So what I mean is that the connector at the bottom of the pole is straight only. If the "receiver" has a pivot, then you can ignore my comment about it binding. In this pic, you can see that they are on a different plane, and if you put the post in at that angle, it won't move smoothly. If it pivots, you'd want it to pivot toward the inside of the boat, so that it's in line with the pole.
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  8. pdxsearay

    pdxsearay Member

    80
    Jun 4, 2020
    2005 Sea Ray 185 Sport
    4.3 merc
    Got it. Good point and thank you. Yeah, you can ignore the pole location now, it's just sitting there and not in the exact spot we want it. It seems like the pivot ability of the receiver/mount will allow me to mount it on or outside the snap line unless folks here think it would be a less stable mount?
     
  9. pdxsearay

    pdxsearay Member

    80
    Jun 4, 2020
    2005 Sea Ray 185 Sport
    4.3 merc
    I called the mechanic whom i've had work on my boat in the past and he recommended what a few of you guys are saying, mount it right behind the windshield in the flat area and have the cover modified. it looks like two little u-shaped cutouts will do the trick. He gave me a guy that can do it or i can enlist the powers of my dear old mother and her sewing machine.
     

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