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Here's a photo of our boat in Cincinnatti, Ohio, prior to being shipped to Nashville. Note the CHEAP and totally crapped out bimini the guy had installed. It was held in place with straps, I'm sure it was ordered out of a catalog, and it had aluminum tube supports. This is where she sat until we hauled all the junk out and got the bottom painted, got her buffed out, etc.
One fine day on the Cumberland shortly after the photo below was taken, Janet applied some of that big block NASCAR Ford 427 muscle and we got up on a plane and the bimini literally blew OFF the boat and landed in the water behind us. Ha ha, I never liked it anyway, and I just laughed. She was horrified, but I was pleased because it didn't hit anything on the way off. It wobbled, used nylon fittings, and was pure junk.
Next thread...........what we did to replace the bimini....
Here's what we did. Our local marine bimini and boat cover guy did a complete canvas and bimini instllation, using stainless steel, and he did a nice job. It's a huge improvement over what came on the boat, and the diagonal triangulation works great for stability. I'm sure there are many other styles, but this is what he did for our particular flybridge, which is not a standard install in case you didn't notice ! PS: Your boat looks better than mine !!
It just dawned on me that I had several thousand photos and it was pretty easy to run through and select some of the good ones that show a bimini on a 38. The best job will be to have the metal bent and placed on site, and the top cut and sewn on site to match the exact frame you end up with. As far as getting a pattern, or dimensions, that's all well and good, but if you're going to make the top off site then that concerns me a bit. Down here in God's country, we have vendors who travel with enclosed trailers to the marinas, and they do all the work on site where they can take exact measurements, etc. right off the boat. I figure you guys "up there" do too ?
Regards, looking forward to seeing you in Algonac!
It's been some years now and I've forgotton the cost, but the quality lives on ! I believe it was in the $3500 to $4000 range, but that included full canvas around the back of the helm with ising-glass too.
Whomever you go with, make sure you get a few references and personnally (not photos) see some of the work they have done. Sunbrella is a real good material to have it done in. Holds up very well if cared for. My old boat still has bimini and deck enclosure after 16 years. Sunbrella held up, had to replace some zippers and get some re-stitching work. Go with stainless 3/4 or larger tubing for a frame also.
The Eagles Nest
67 CCC 31 Flybridge Express