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Bimini repair

Postby Chappy » Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:39 pm

I was cruising at about 30mph yesterday with my Bimini top up. I hear a smash, and for a second I thought glass came loose. It turns out that both straps holding the front of the top down shredded apart and both gave way at the same time. Scared the crap out of me and the kids. Is this the type of repair that a canvas shop would do?
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Postby Muncie6spd » Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:19 pm

Chappy,

I would think any good marine canvas shop could fix it. I take mine to Smitty's Indianapolis Marine in Indy and they do excellent work at a reasonable price. A little out of the way for you since your in Texas but I'm sure there are some good shops in your area.

Good luck with it.

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Postby Swerve » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:28 am

Bugger, sounds easy enough to repair, was the frames damaged ?

Off topic, dont you hate how in teh right wind the straps start vibrating, I normally tie a strap between the two when needed, but when you replace yours maybe a rope type frabric, and not a strap.
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Postby Chappy » Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:32 am

The frame was nod damaged. I'm going to pull the top off today and see if I can do it. Just need to find the parts.
As far as the vibration, that's an easy fix. Twist the strap one or two times before hooking them up. Vibration will be completely gone.
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Postby kphelps » Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:31 pm

Chappy,
We have replaced our straps a few times; one breaks very year or two. On the last round I went to the craft/fabric store at Loop 1604 and Lookout Road, just outside the loop they had a heaver grade nylon strap that I tried, so far so good. After picking up the strap it was off to mom’s house to have her make a new one. Installation of the strap is simple only takes a few minutes with one screw driver. If you need a loaner strap I have (one) or you can use it as a template to have new ones made.

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Postby Kimmel » Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:37 pm

Chappy, thanks for the advise. I'd never thought of twisting the strap to stop harmonic distortion. That's one reason I love this site.
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Postby Swerve » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:28 pm

Kimmel wrote:Chappy, thanks for the advise. I'd never thought of twisting the strap to stop harmonic distortion. That's one reason I love this site.


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Postby Chappy » Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:44 pm

Thanks Kevin! I'll work on it Monday.
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Postby iammarcuse » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:39 am

I don't know about the 207 but the Interceptors biminis tilt too far back and catch a lot of wind. I put longer back bars on and leveled mine out. It does not catch as much wind and doesn't look so stupid.
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Postby Chappy » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:27 am

I'm back in business. Thanks, to Kevin, I was as to fine new straps. For $17, I bought the strapping, needles, and thread. Spent an hour sewing, and it looks as good as new.

As for it setting level, mine does. The back side snaps onto the wakeboard tower, and the front straps hook to the front wakeboard tower tubes.
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Re: Bimini repair

Postby Swerve » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:04 am

Well I was crusing at 40mph on the weekend and CRASH, both my straps had snapped. Binimi crashed and had snapped both tubes on bpth sides. In a bad way, canvas appears in one peice but will need new tubes all bent up. Was thinking of this thread the hole time, arghhhhhhhh.
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Re: Bimini repair

Postby Swerve » Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:42 pm

Well have done a temp repair and slotted some tight fitting wood inside the binimi tube, SS screw either side to hold the wood and you cant tell. Canvas all good and all holding right now.

Will get it repaired properly when we get around to getting camping covers made.
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Re: Bimini repair

Postby Jax » Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:27 am

Rather than start a new thread, I noticed a couple of San Antonio are guys on this thread.

I need new canvas for my 217LS tower/bimini top. Just like everyone else, the straps popped. When I took it down, I noticed several snaps missing, too. Previous scuff on the side is now a full size rip, so I need the whole top replaced. Was hoping someone had recommendations in the San Antonio - Boerne - Kerrville, TX area.

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Postby AndrewT » Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:03 am

Swerve wrote:
Kimmel wrote:Chappy, thanks for the advise. I'd never thought of twisting the strap to stop harmonic distortion. That's one reason I love this site.


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