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Old 07-26-2017   #1
 
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Mounting a Sport-brella in a raft?

Looking for some ideas on how you have mounted a Sport-brella on your boat. If you you have photos that would be great! I'm guessing guidelines from the rings on the umbrella to boat would help a lot? Any comparison between a patio umbrella vs Sportbrella, a patio umbrella would be a bit heavier, but is stronger than the sportbrella and you can tilt a patio umbrella.


I'm NOT interested in a Bimini vs Umbrella debate as there's already a thread on that!

Going with the umbrella because I want an umbrella for lunches.

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Old 07-26-2017   #2
 
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I should clarify that I'm looking for ideas on mounting the pole portion. I'm thinking to the frame would be the most secure.
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NRS Frame ?
Get a lopro frame fitting, throw a short section of PVC on there (cause it is cheap), and point it upward when you want the umbrella.
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I use an offset tee fitting like this...


It mounts on the drop rail behind my seat, I use a section of rail tubing for the vertical, cut to be just short of the top of my seat. I then added a PVC pipe sleeve to shim the difference between the SportBrella shaft and the ID of my vertical tube. I tapped a 1/4-20 threaded hole at the top of the vertical tube for a thumb screw to hold the whole thing in place.

To remove the umbrella I just lift it out of the tube.
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Here is what I came up with for holding an umbrella
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NRS Frame ?
Get a lopro frame fitting, throw a short section of PVC on there (cause it is cheap), and point it upward when you want the umbrella.
Yes I have a NRS frame. Does the short section of PVC fit inside diameter or out?
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I use an offset tee fitting like this...


It mounts on the drop rail behind my seat, I use a section of rail tubing for the vertical, cut to be just short of the top of my seat. I then added a PVC pipe sleeve to shim the difference between the SportBrella shaft and the ID of my vertical tube. I tapped a 1/4-20 threaded hole at the top of the vertical tube for a thumb screw to hold the whole thing in place.

To remove the umbrella I just lift it out of the tube.
Where did you get the offset tee fitting?
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Here is what I came up with for holding an umbrella
What do you mount that PVC contraption to?
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Open Disclosure: I haven't done this, but I've seen it done this way. It is a cheap DIY method, but the commercial umbrella holders are more solid.

You can use hose clamps to the frame. If you take some tubular webbing and run the metal through the tube of the webbing, it will protect the raft from abrasion. Tuck the long end of the clamp back into the tubing as it comes through to keep everything covered.
Get tubing from REI or similar location. Obviously, don't melt the edges so the tube remains open
Assuming you have two attachment points (one at the top of the frame and one lower into the boat) you have link two hose clamps like links of a chain and have one around the frame and the other around the umbrella. That helps reduce the awkward twisting of putting a clamp around two round pipes. If the top attachment is on a horizontal piece (so the clamps are at right angles) you shouldn't have too much play.
If you do it like that, you could make a PVC cup out of a larger piece of PVC and an end cap (glued together) and clamp that into the lower position to accept the bottom of the umbrella. The upper clamp can be just loose enough to slide the umbrella pole into and that way you have pretty quick take down with relatively little play in the set up and you don't run the risk of stabbing your boat with the end of the pole.


Also, here is another option:

https://www.amazon.com/Original-Umbr...s_a_1_1&sr=8-1


https://downriverequip.com/shop-prod...brella-holder/
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What do you mount that PVC contraption to?
The Low pro mounts to the frame some where, sticking the PVC straight up.
You then drop the umbrella into the PVC.
Its a similar idea to kengore's offset mount.
The downside is you cant move it around too too much on the raft.
The upside is that when its not needed, you just swing it down
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