True, they are very easy to drop. I replaced the little clips with small caribeeners to make it easier and I just wrap each strap around the top and a frame rail to lock it down in case of a flip and for road travel.
I still think someone new to the bimini should figure out what works for them in a hurry, cause some time you'll need to drop it. In my case I need to mount it in front of my oar stands, so when I drop it I have to ship oars or finagle it around them in some way... which if things were really hitting the fan could be problematic if I hadn't figured out my process. Also depending on how I pack (which I'm still in trial and error mode) things can get in the way of it laying all he way down (also interfering with the oars), so there are things to think about.
On a side note, for those of you with a sliding rail system, how does the slider lock position? I made some tracks and sliders a few weeks ago but my lock/quick release mechanism leaves a lot to be desired...
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