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Old 07-28-2015   #1161
 
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Old 07-28-2015   #1162
 
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Thanks Seantana and Elkhaven. I'm currently using a 6' umbrella, but have seriously considered making the move to a bimini.
I'll let you know how it performs when we get back from the lower Salmon. It was windy as hell the day I mounted it, and it felt nice and stable, didn't seem to be catching much wind at all.
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Old 07-28-2015   #1163
 
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Hmmm, water looks super low. Did you need to bring the rafts?
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I'll let you know how it performs when we get back from the lower Salmon. It was windy as hell the day I mounted it, and it felt nice and stable, didn't seem to be catching much wind at all.
Yeah, I've had mine now for 2 seasons on this boat and another on a smaller boat for 3 before that and wouldn't dream of hitting the water without it. It's saved my shit too many times. As for wind, that's the first question everyone asks - "that must really suck in the wind" but in reality most of the wind goes right through it, a little hits the sides where they curl over but it's really not bad. In fact I think people sitting up tall in the wind affect the boat more than the bimini does. That said if the wind gets really bad I usually fold it up - it just seems like the smart thing to do - and it doesn't do any good keeping the rain off ift's coming in sideways. Another thing to remember is that they are designed to be on motor boats that can easily run at 40+ mph - i.e. they are designed to handle the wind.
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Here's a few pics from some recent trips. South Fork Snake in early June. My friend & his dog "borrowed" my Sotar, and I rowed my Mini-Cat. See I am still a Cataraftgirl!

The other pic is from our June 29-July 6 Main Salmon. The Hotter Than Hell trip. 16 people, 8 rafts, 1 cataract, 1 duckie, 1 kayak.
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Old 08-08-2015   #1168
 
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I used the stainless screws that came with the slide track. I'm not super happy with the wood I used, so it'll probably get swapped out for thicker ply next year, so I'm not terribly concerned about the screws stripping out at this point.

This is the bimini I picked up (8'L x 54"H x 54"-60"W): Amazon.com : New Grey 4 Bow Bimini Boat Tops Includes Hardwares with 1 Inch Aluminum Frame : Sports & Outdoors

And the tracks: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000N9TDPG

I did have to pick up different slide mounts because the pucks that came with the tracks had a different hole pattern than the mounts that came with the bimini. The track also didn't come with thumb screws, so I picked up these: Amazon.com : SeaChoice Bimini Top Deck Hinges with Stainless Steel Slide Lock Pair, BLACK : Bimini Boat Tops : Sports & Outdoors
I ran the lower Salmon with this bimini last week, and never had any concerns about it. I rowed all 74 miles with it up, including every rapid and the Snake row out and it performed great. Never felt like it was catching wind, was great to hang towels and hats and things on, kept us out of the sun mostly and kept my cooler shaded. It's super stable with the straps cinched up, although the slides on the straps suck to work with.

The only downfall I noticed was that it is kind of a jungle gym getting in and out of the boat with it up, and I wouldn't want it up for any rapids bigger than what we ran. I never felt worried about flipping on this trip, but I wouldn't want to get upside down with it up.
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Here's my latest boat, parked on the beach on a Main Salmon lunch stop.

It's a work in progress; still sorting out what all I want to do to tweak it.

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