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Old 01-29-2008   #1
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biminy top for raft

Does anyone out there use a biminy top for shade on their oar rig? I have a 16ft maravia with a Grand Canyon PRO frame, and I am tired of destroying umbrellas. Any creative ideas for shade would be appreciated.

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Old 01-29-2008   #2
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Timely inquiry

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Old 01-29-2008   #3
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There is a company called Fiberbuilt that makes umbrellas that they claim can stand up to 50 + mph winds. Here is their video showing the umbrella getting blasted with wind:

FiberBuilt Umbrellas™ | "Flexibility Is Our Greatest Strength"

and their stuff is on amazon: FiberBuilt 76RCRAT-FGR 7.5 Foot Garden Umbrella, Forest Green: Home & Garden

Have you tried using an umbrella like this?

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Old 01-29-2008   #4
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Here's what my bimini looks like on a 20'/30" Jacks cat.

Ignore the old geezer at the oars and look closely at the attaching points on top of the frame rail. It's rigged a little loose in this picture, but you can see how it attaches to brackets made of cut PVC Ts that clamp onto the top of the NRS frame. Detach the two forward straps and it drops back, and lashes quickly for running rapids.


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Old 01-29-2008   #5
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I saw this kind of rig on Westwater one day and I'm plotting to get one on mine. I found some 'custom' fit tops from a company called iBoats, and The guy I saw attached the hardware with these quick-release fittings:

In order to mount this kind of fitting, you really should have diamondplate walk rails. They do make a side mount as well, but I imagine it would be tough to mount these on a frame pipe...

This setup is mandatory on the San Juan....
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Old 01-30-2008   #6
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The fittings on mine, or is it Tom's?, look similar to those above, but have a curved underside so you can mount them to the frame tube with hose clamps. And while they go up and down easily with 2 cam-straps, you have to pack the boat just right so it has somewhere to park.

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Old 01-31-2008   #7
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Check out the tractor umbrellas here
Deluxe Tractor Umbrella, ATV, Tractor & Vehicle Supplies - GEMPLER'S

Very sturdy, adjustable, fold down easily!
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Old 02-01-2008   #8
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bimini top

Go to a boat yard look on e-bay. These tops come in many sizes and the same fittings that they use on speed boats will screw into you walkway's on your frame. If you do not have walkway's or a double side rail type frame you can get attachments for tubes. I've been running a Bimini top for years now. Highly recomended. And I'm sure you are going to see alot more of them in the future.
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Old 02-01-2008   #9
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Any idea of source of clamps?

Originally Posted by Dave Frank View Post
curved underside so you can mount them to the frame tube with hose clamps.
Where did you find this sort of clamp? As most folks probably have only a single rail frame (no diamondplate) any info would be most helpful... if possible.
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Old 02-01-2008   #10
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bimini top

I also have a single tube frame. NRS Outfitter. What I did was, with the space from the edge of the cooler and dry boxes and the side rails of the frame. I made a wooden plank the fits from the side rail to the edge of the boxes. It's about 17" of flat space on the left and right side of the boat. for gear or for walking or standing etc. Then just get the flat support base and bolt it on. and attach the bimini. Go to e-bay and look up bimini top you'll be able to find what your looking for

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