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Under the bimini -- a plate to rest the balls on

Apologies in advance for not having any pictures. I'm looking to see if anyone knows where I can get the plate that keeps the balls from scratching against the gelcoat. It's a real problem and my gel coat is suffering for it.

The bimini supports are attached to the deck with a flange that captures a rounded, 1" diameter, ball-like end on the supports. Under this flange is an approximately 2.5 inch round plate. 3 of my bimini supports have this plate, but it's missing from the 4th. The ball on that support is slowly scratching it's way through the gelcoat.

I'll try to get some pictures. A couple Google searches turns up nothing -- neither a picture of the "flange and ball", or a picture of the plate that goes under them.

Any ideas where to get the plate?

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Re: Under the bimini -- a plate to rest the balls on

I'm not sure that ball scratching is an appropriate subject. But seriously, I believe that the biminis were usually a dealer add on, not from the factory. If your boat came from Wilis Marine in Huntington, I know they used the Canvas Shop, also in Huntington, to do the biminis on new Beneteaus -- at least mine. If it came from elsewhere, yoiu might try the Canvas Shop anyway, he is likely to know the typical parts.
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Take a look at bass pro shop online. I was surprised at the variety of hardware they carry. Mine is a different style than you described but they had it in stock. Now I'm just waiting on the mailman...
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Re: Under the bimini -- a plate to rest the balls on

Or try West Marine. Last summer I was attempting to repair one of the socket flanges for my bimini (flange was bent), when a crewmember suggested going to West Marine. No way they'd have this part, I figured, but I figured wrong. As soon as we walked in there, the West Marine guy new exactly what we had and where the part was stocked.
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Re: Under the bimini -- a plate to rest the balls on

Sailrite has it also....and keep your balls off the deck
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Re: Under the bimini -- a plate to rest the balls on

Perfectfit.com also has that kind of hardware
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Re: Under the bimini -- a plate to rest the balls on

No luck. When I put the bimini back on, the balls will still be rubbing on the deck.

Maybe it's time for pictures.

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Re: Under the bimini -- a plate to rest the balls on

why not put some duct tape down until you can find the correct part
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Re: Under the bimini -- a plate to rest the balls on

Is there an award for thread title of the year?
Personally, I always wear underpants and sit on a cushion, seems to prevent them from abrading the gelcoat.
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Re: Under the bimini -- a plate to rest the balls on

Brad, just sail without all that extra canvas, bareboat, so some say. Flaunt convention, travel light. It's very liberating, you only need a hat. I took my bimini off and never regretted it.
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