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I just bought the bimini kit from Sailrite and I haven't installed it yet. However, I have opened everything up to inspect it and it is high quality. I bought the 1" stainless steel tubing but I believe they also sell the 7/8" ss and also aluminum. Sailrite includes a very detailed DVD that goes through the installation instructions and the patterning and sewing of the Sunbrella. The kit also includes the material to cut out the patterns for transfer to the material. It is a very complete kit. If you are at all handy, you can save thousands by making it yourself.
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We got the bows which were apart where you could "fit the center joining one to adjust the length. I would make a mock up of the way you want it to look as mentioned here. We went with a three bow set up. The "height" of the longers bow fits about 1.5 inches under our boom.The other two bows are led off of the long bow. Web straps tightened keep the whole contraption in place solidly as well as allow for adjustment.

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I'm wanting to build a dodger for my little 26'er and I'm wondering what wall thickness for 1" SS tubing is appropriate? Also will a conduit bender do it? Good source of sunbrella? Other sources? Thanks!!
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