How to Assemble & Install a Bimini Top
Installing a Bimini Top isn't a difficult process! With the help of a friend or family member, you'll have your Bimini Top assembled and installed quickly. Before beginning, read through the instructions that arrived with your top and gather all necessary materials. By having tools and supplies within reach, the assembly and installation process will be smooth sailing.
Assembling Your Bimini Top
Unpack all the parts and ensure you have everything needed for assembly and installation. Then, locate and assemble the two pieces of bow one by sliding the side bows on to the center bow. Line up the holes and insert the supplied screws tightening them as you go. Repeat this step for the remaining pairs of bow pieces.
Locate the fabric top and remove it from the bag. Lay the top face down on a flat, clean surface with the frame pocket facing up. If the pockets have zippers, unzip them. Insert the assembled bows into the appropriate pockets. The jaw slides should be facing up. Zip up the pockets to close. If your top does not have zippers, insert frames entirely through each pocket.
Attach the hold-down straps by locating the cutouts in the fabric on the front and rear pockets. Wrap the loop end of the strap into the cutout and around the frame. Take the hook end of the strap and pass it through the loop, pull tight. Repeat this process at each of the four cutouts. If your pockets have zippers, it may be easier to unzip them for this step if you find you’re having trouble threading the straps.
After the hold-down straps are attached, connect the eye ends of the secondary bows to bow one by removing the screw from each jaw slide. Flip the end of the secondary bow over and insert the eye end into the jaw slide making sure the holes are aligned. Reinsert the screw and tighten. Repeat the step with each secondary bow.
Installing Your Bimini Top
Your top is now fully assembled and ready for installation! To install mounting hardware, locate the parts bag and open it to ensure you have everything needed. When you measured your Bimini top, the mounting point, which is the center of the top over the desired coverage area, should have been located. Take a deck hinge and place it on the mounting point on the gunnel of one side of the boat. If you have a fiberglass boat, place a piece of masking tape under the deck hinge to protect against cracking while drilling. Make sure the deck hinge is parallel with the gunnel and mark the drill holes.
Measure from the rear corner of the boat to the deck hinge and use this measurement to locate the deck hinge placement on the other side of your boat. Before drilling any holes, verify the measurements and check the area below the gunnels to be sure there aren’t cables or wiring in the way. Using the recommended drill bit indicated in the instructions, carefully drill each hole. Secure the deck hinges using the screws provided. If your decking swivels side-to-side, make sure they swivel inward towards the middle of the boat on both sides.
Remove the bolts from the deck hinges and set them aside. With the help of another person, carry the Bimini top to the boat and lay the ends on the gunnels. Locate the ID tag at the back of the fabric top to ensure it will be at the rear of the boat. Line up the eye ends of the bow with the deck hinges, insert the bolts and tighten. Open up the Bimini top to the deployed position and make sure the open top is located where you want it.
Install eye straps to the gunnel in front and back on both sides and secure the hold-down straps. Keep in mind, the straps should angle away from the top. Locate clear spots for the eye straps and mark their drill holes follow the same drilling precautions as before. Insert the screw supplied and tighten all four included. The hold-down straps can now be secured to the eye straps using the clip at the end of each strap. Tighten each hold-down strap by sliding the tension clip to make sure the top is level.
Your bimini top is now installed. Enjoy!
To put the top in a stowed position, unhook the front hold-down straps and lay the top towards the back of the boat. You can cover the top with the storage boot if one was included. To do so, simply unzip the boot and carefully wrap it around the top when not in use.
To put the top in a stowed position, unhook the front hold-down straps and lay the top towards the back of the boat. You can cover the top with the storage boot if one was included. To do so, simply unzip the boot and carefully wrap it around the top when not in use.Watch our video for a visual guide of the assembly and installation process. As always, if you have any questions feel free to reach out to us at 1-800-334-6541.
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