How to Rebuild A Bimini Frame

Barb, I and most likely Ray V will be figuring this out over the weekend.  After our longest cruise to date (3 hr) last weekend and Barb’s resulting sunburn, we decided to accelerate that on the “Fix It List”.  Thanks to Sailrite.com, we will be receiving many parts via UPS today.  We wont have to bend any bows or corners, just cut and pop rivet.  We have all the canvas from the original full enclosure, but the frames did not survive the collapse.  The biggest challenge will be getting it just right so all the side pieces will fit (not that we will use right away, but don’t want prevent us from using in the future).

This is the before, let’s see how the “To Be” ends up looking…..

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List of Repairs

Now the fun of making and prioritizing the fix-it and upgrade-it list. Some of key items:

Bridge Repairs

  1. Wind screen, needs new lexan or plexi
  2. Railing needs fix or replace
  3. Teak hand rails, need repair
  4. Canvas, reinstalled if I can find or replace
  5. Bimini. I think we have canvas, needs frame.

Cabin Trunk

  1. Railings need repair/replace
  2. Mast needs repair and boom replaced

Bow

  1. Bow rail fix/replace
  2. Fiberglass fix right below flybridge
  3. Center window glass replace

Electronics

  • Still need to sort out what is worth keeping.
  • Most likely radios stay and I start building new system around current Multi function chart plotter.

Hmmm. Typing it makes list look too long.