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It's time to add a bimini and full enclosure to give our little one some shade. I have a factory installed dodger already and should have got the whole thing done when I bought the boat.

I'll do part of the enclosure with screen and roll down windows. The bimini will have windows to see the main.

The canvas guy thinks mounting the bimini bows on the deck would look cleaner. I'm thinking of mounting them to the stern railing like they do at the factory. I like that look best anyway. What do you think? Any pictures would be helpful for design.

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Bob
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It's time to add a bimini and full enclosure to give our little one some shade. I have a factory installed dodger already and should have got the whole thing done when I bought the boat.

I'll do part of the enclosure with screen and roll down windows. The bimini will have windows to see the main.

The canvas guy thinks mounting the bimini bows on the deck would look cleaner. I'm thinking of mounting them to the stern railing like they do at the factory. I like that look best anyway. What do you think? Any pictures would be helpful for design.

Thank you.

Bob
Fairly recently we added solar panes on top of our rail mounted bimini and I'm now trying to figure out how to stiffen the entire structure. If I had my druthers I'd druther go deck mounted for the rigidity.
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For what it's worth and I'm not installing panels, my canvas guy recommended to have a horizontal brace from the front bow to the back, the higher up the better. He also recommended verticle support bars on the back bow.

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