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Wayne25 09-11-2008 11:05 PM

New bimini is delivered
I got confirmation my new bimini was delivered at my friend's place near where I dock KJ. I'm going down this weekend to install it. I'm using side mounts on the outside of the combing, just before the companionway bulkhead so I can reach the through bolts from the underside of the combing. I'm going to use teak backing plates and large SS fender washers for strength.
The top ended up to be 5' long, 73-78" wide, and 42" high. The out to out of the combing edges is 73", so that should be a good fit. This model bimini allows it to be cut down a bit if it is too high for my liking. I got the all SS upgrade with oyster Sunbrella. It comes with a free boot. I'll take some pics if all goes well.

Freesail99 09-12-2008 08:53 AM

Where did you buy it from and did you get a stainless frame ?

Wayne25 09-12-2008 10:16 AM

The company is GMI TOP DESIGN, a Canadian Company. They were very good to deal with had a competitive price at $490 US including boot and shipping. I hope this reflects on the quality of their work. Yes, I got the all Stainless Steel upgrade with a SS quick release mounting attachment.

Freesail99 09-12-2008 10:20 AM

Same company I plan on getting mine from. Please let me know, how it turns out.


Wayne25 09-12-2008 10:33 AM

Will do. The last post was interesting.

Wayne25 09-16-2008 10:49 AM

The bimini went on this weekend. Over all I was pleased with the quality. The SS bows are joined in the center for shipping and everything was predrilled and lined up correctly. Directions were multi paged but descriptions of color coding and parts description could have been better. They gave all the necessary hardware for most type of installations. I bought the SS quick release hardware and was pleased with the low profile and mechanism.
I didn't have my camera, but will take some pictures this weekend.

Freesail99 09-16-2008 10:55 AM


I will look forward to seeing some pictures.


Wayne25 10-05-2008 08:59 PM

Helms 25 bimini installation.
I took some pictures of the new bimini with KJ at the dock. The boom actually is about 6" above the bimini with the sails up and everything clears. The pictures also show the storage position on deck. I found Oyster Sunbrella matches our gelcoat color very well.

Freesail99 10-05-2008 09:35 PM

Thanks for the pictures looks like a good installation. I would like to install mine a little further back to shade more of the cockpit.

Wayne25 10-05-2008 10:22 PM

My mainsheet block and jam cleat are at the end of my boom so that is as far back as I could go. It covers the open companionway for rain and shades the first seat next to the companionway where my wife usually sits. That was our main concern.

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