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Old 17 February 2009, 07:54   #1
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Bimini's?

Hi All

I'm moving to Oz later this year - and taking my Ribtec 585 with me.

I really want to fit it with a folding bimini before i go - it can get a bit warm floating aound without any shade and the missus will bitch it's too hot (usually, it's too cold - jesus, can you win???)

Are they available? how do you go about fitting them? Any advice - has anyone retro-fitted one to their rib?

Any advuice welcome

Thanks

Russ
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Old 17 February 2009, 08:28   #2
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Hi All

I'm moving to Oz later this year - and taking my Ribtec 585 with me.

I really want to fit it with a folding bimini before i go - it can get a bit warm floating aound without any shade and the missus will bitch it's too hot (usually, it's too cold - jesus, can you win???)

Are they available? how do you go about fitting them? Any advice - has anyone retro-fitted one to their rib?

Any advuice welcome

Thanks

Russ
Anywhere near Adelaide? If it is, I can point you towards a rather good fabricator in stainless so you can fit your own cover.
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Old 17 February 2009, 08:38   #3
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Brisbane - I'd rather get it done here tho in any case, things will be a bit busy when we get there!
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Russ,

I have looked into this and came to the conclusion that the ones that can be bought "off the shelf" would be useless at anyhting above 10 knots and would not last long on a RIB.

I would talk to a fabricator such as Mark at Marine Fabrications about getting something more substantial made up.

and then Louis at Mastertrim could make you a lightwieght canvas cover. They are both base up nr Cannock, Staffs.

You can find either of them on google.

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Sorry to disagree, but I have an off the shelf one and it is doing fine at 20-25knots. There are dozens of fishing sport boats here, some of them charter boats that are used every day, that have them also. However, you do need a good quality one. You need to rig them so the front end is tilted slightly down so the wind does not get under it. Best of luck.
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I brought one in from Overtons (USA) for a customers rib a few years ago, not that expensive, and worked fine at planing speed! The biggest problem is how to store it on the boat when it's down, I was lucky enough to mount it so that it folded just behind the rear bench backrest.
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Old 17 February 2009, 12:30   #7
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There is a bimini on a Ribeye 785 in the canaries I think it can be seen as follows
http://www.ribeye.co.uk/images/CanaryIslands1.jpg

Ribeye and Ribtec are the same company so should be able to do similar I guess
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Russ,

Your call but I would get it done when you get here. There will be local companies that fit biminis all the time and you will get the benefit of their experience, rather than doing it yourself as a one-off project.

Good luck with your move.
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Old 19 February 2009, 11:21   #10
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Your call but I would get it done when you get here. There will be local companies that fit biminis all the time and you will get the benefit of their experience, rather than doing it yourself as a one-off project.

Good luck with your move.
True, you could well be right. May check out overtons tho - manythanks for the advice

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