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Old 08-17-2009, 12:47 AM
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Question My poor stock Bimini Top...Pic



Since the previous owner installed and X SERIES Tower, My stock bimini top wont open. Is there a way to redisign, without calling Johnson over to stick there hand into my shallow pockets...

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Old 08-17-2009, 06:34 AM
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If you were a pint low a I would think about going through your brakes. If you have drums one or both of the cylinders could be leaking. If you have disc then the pads are probably worn. Either way I'd want to know where that fluid went.

Depending on how old the trailer is I'd probably recommend flushing the old brake fluid out and bleeding the brakes at the same time.

Trailers are the most over looked area of boating until your stuck on the side of the road.
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:43 AM
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Ridiculous !!!!

The block drain (red hose), is not large enough for good flow nor is it the hottest water source. The hottest source is on the intake manifold just where the water passage comes out of the head, and there should be a bung, as its where the car heaters are plumbed.

The return (blue hose), should go into the circulating pump (not the raw water pump), for the best pumping and again there should be a blanking plug as the car heaters are returned here.

These are always the locations that we plumb the LPG vapourisers over here which gives a good supply of hot water. If your boat does a lot of running below 1500 rpm you can also fit a smaller pulley and shorter belt to the circulating pump to speed up circulation.

The bungs can sometimes be difficult to remove especially on old engines or those run in salt water, but usually a little heat will get them out, then a couple of 5/8" hose barbs with bsp threads can be screwed in and Robert is your mothers brother !!

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Old 08-17-2009, 07:59 AM
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That's where Heatercraft says to plumb. For mine, I plumbed at the intake (It's a T with my Heater). For Cold, I followed Heatercraft's example and T'd into my raw water intake as shown. in the OP's pic.

I have excellent flow and couldn't imagine needing more. The hot is very hot. So much so, that I only have the Hot knob about 1/2 and Cold Full.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:02 AM
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Your bimini tubes should separate in the middle. You should then, be able to cut them down to fit between your tower uprights. Then, you would need to take the fabric to someone to have it cut down as well.

I don't know of anyone who has actually done this, but it should work.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:15 AM
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There. Now there's another person to add to the list.

Coz you see a pattern with growing number ofthose who don't care for you in here?

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Old 08-17-2009, 08:43 AM
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There. Now there's another person to add to the list.

Coz you see a pattern with growing number ofthose who don't care for you in here?

Dude! W T F? I don't give a damn what you think or do! hurry up and ad me to your list.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:46 AM
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:53 AM
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You might be able to crank the winch hard enough to slide the boat forward, but I doubt it with the hull and bunks dry.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:56 AM
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Is there any way you could attach it to the outside of the tower, maybe on the front legs or the side support? I know I have a different tower, but this installation has worked really well for me. I got the tower mounts for the bimini for about $20 at diywake.com



Another thought after looking at your picture some more, I bet if you move that bimini support base forward about 18", you could simply let the bimini rest in front of the tower, still keeping everything kosher for boarding while the tower is up. That's probably your cheapest option. Might have to add/reposition the hooks for the nylon straps too. Good luck!
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