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Old 08-03-2015   #21
Cortez, Colorado
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Another vote for biminis.
And a happy discovery:
I have a 16' Kelty Noah shade tarp and figured out that if I toss it over the bimini, tying opposite corners to the bow and stern of the raft, and the other opposite corners pulled over the outside of the spare oars (or chicken line) and back up to the "Y" in the bimini frame (to make it tight), it makes a pretty tight rain shelter for sleeping on the boat. No pictures, sorry.

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Old 08-25-2015   #22
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spokane, Washington
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Ordered a ebay 8' bimini and made some wood blocks with a strap for mounting, as pictured by elk haven. Worked great to adjust and move around as I found where to mount it my Salmon River frame. The blocks broke on the last day of a Lower Salmon. Check out the plastic zip tie mount. It lasted a Main Salmon and 2 more Lower Salmon trips (14 river days) til I cut it off for storage yesterday. Folding forward was not perfect but really worked out great. Bimini was up for most of everyday. Wind is not a issue. Took a 50 mph gust sideways with no issue. Motored out the snake with it up. Waited out many a wet afternoons under with a beverage.


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Old 08-25-2015   #23
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I love cocktail hour under the bimini!

Nice repair for the failed blocks - did just crack and fall apart? I guess I take it for granted that I search for the right wood: dense, like oak or ipe with quartering grain but I make a lot of little stuff like that out of wood and it comes as second nature.

Looking at your rig, if you could mount them inside your oar stands (on a deck?) then you could fold either forward or back... It probably doesn't matter as it looks like you've got your system dialed. I just like mine folded down in the back so it's out of the way, but it really as personal preference, as I'm sure you know.

Anyways, nice work on the bimini and glad I could be of a little assistance.


edit - oops, must have missed that first pick - can't fold it either way with that tower support... oh well looks like it works well as is!
Yesterday's gone on down the river and you can't get it back. - Agustus McCrae
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Old 08-25-2015   #24
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spokane, Washington
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Not a woodworker so just found a chunk of a hardwood pallet and used it. Tapped the screws but the block split down the middle. Got a good neighbor that will make the next set.

Would like to be able to fold it to the back for storage but the Salmon River frame has a support from a low inside rail up to the oar lock and it gets in the way. It works and the wife is happy. What else does a fella need.
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Old 08-25-2015   #25
Missoula, Montana
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I built sideboards and mounted a slide track for our lower Salmon trip, if you've got the room to add them, I highly recommend them for the ability to move the bimini easily, and for extra places to rig, and they make it easier to walk around.
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