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Bimini & Frame Before

Not all bimini tops are created equally and there are vast differences in canvas makers and their ability to produce a quality product. This bimini was a prime example of a canvas maker who should consider serving Slurpy's at 7 Eleven instead of making canvas.

The owner was not yet ready to invest in a new bimini so I modified the frame to tighten & stiffen the bimini to accept the Solbian panel.

What was wrong with this bimini & frame?

**Elcheapo support straps that stretch when wet and cause tripping hazards the rest of the time.

**Bimini over 10' wide using thin walled 1" tubing.

** No support struts to prevent yawing side to side. Under sail this bimini was moving almost 6" side to side at the top curve of the bimini tube.

** The middle bar did nothing but pull the canvas down in the middle thus creating a great spot for a puddle to drip on the owners head.

** Cheap thread was used and the bimini needed a full re-stitching in less than 4 years.

** The bias of the fabric was not considered and one panel had the bias going entirely the wrong direction.

** The fit of the fabric to the crown and curve of the bimini frame was HORRIBLE!

In short a third grader with a Playschool sewing machine could have done better work.... NEVER choose a canvas maker based on price choose them based on ability! Canvas work is an ART FORM.....

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