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Old 04-14-2016   #1
 
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Quick Bimini question

I'm looking at getting a Bimini for my cat. I know I want an 8' top. I want to mount in on sliding rails from river sombrero. I want to mount these rails to my side deck just inside of my oar towers so it will still lay flat.. I have the NRS 72" frame. So my question is do I need to get the 67"-72" wide top to make this work.. I have been looking on amazon because I am a prime member. Most the 8' tops on there are 73"-78" I'm assuming this wont work..

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Mine has decent flex in the tubes, but I'm not sure I would want to try to flex it in enough to fit inside a frame like you describe. Sounds like your mount width will be more like 68", so should probably get the smaller one, even if it's a little tougher to find.
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I have this one, and it comes in widths from 54"-60", 61"-66", 67"-72", etc. 8' long, 54" high.

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Thanks for the info, I'm going with the 67"-72"... I just finally found someone on ebay that does 2 day shipping for around 6 bucks... it's kind of a last minute addition as my 10day forecast for my Owyhee is looking rainy. lastly for the slide rails do people prefer 24" or 36" rail.
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I got the same Bimini as seantana and it's great. I went with the 24" rail and wish I'd gone 36".


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I suggest holding off on the slide rails at first. I was planning on getting a set and found that one position really worked better. I was able to mount my bimini about 8" in front of my oar towers. When I drop it to the rear it sits nicely behind my gear hump.I can pull it up and drop it down in seconds. If I was messing with slide rails it would be more of a hassle since you need to slide the bimini into place tighten it then raise it.
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I'm going to run at leat one trip without the side rails and see how it goes... the bimini gets here on Tuesday and I'm leaving for the river on thursday... my wife sits behind me so I will probably mount it behind me to center it over both of us... she keeps a day cooler and a pelican with her nice camera on either side of her for easy access. So I'm thinking I will try and lay it forward... I have a cooler and a drybox in front of me.. I'm thinking it will lay to the very fron or try and nest between the two... here is a picture of my rig.

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Before you leave make sure you set it up with all the gear on your side decks and oars loaded. Go through the motions of shipping your oars and rowing to make sure it is out of the way. I spent way more time then I anticipated messing around with how I loaded my decks and scooting the bimini around to find the best spot to mount it.

You will love having it especially on middle of the summer trips. Here is my rig on the Main Salmon in 2013. It is a 14 ft raft with 8 ft bimini.
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Yeah I think that's why I'm going to lay it forward. Only thing on my side decks up there is my sleep pads and I should be able to just flip up the ends.. nice looking rig. I spent a lot of yesterday going through old threads and Google searches seeing how people had theirs rigged..

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How far is it from the mount on your deck to where your cross members lay when folded flat.

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