Assembling your Bimini Top
3 Bow Tops (Most Common Size Top - Click here to view other bow size instructions)
Step 1. Identify the hook shaped, long, medium, and
short metal side bow sections. Using the long side bow
side sections, and one of the center cross bow sections,
assemble the side bow and center bow parts as shown,
aligning the pre-drilled holes. Use the 1/2”, no. 8 screws to
connect the bow parts securely.
Repeat this procedure for the medium and short bows,
aligning the pre-drilled holes and securing them with
1/2”, no. 8 screws.
Caution: If screw heads become burred, cover heads with
duct tape or file down screw heads to avoid damage to
Step 2. Spread the Bimini Top canvas out on a flat, clean
area with the bottom side up. Sewn-in label indicates the
bottom, or inside, and the back of the top.
Step 3. With the bows assembled, insert the medium bow
assembly through the sleeve at the front of top. (This is
the sleeve opposite the end with the sewn-in tag.) Note
the position of the single pre-drilled holes on the bow frame.
(Holes should be facing toward the middle of the canvas.)
Insert the short bow assembly through the small sleeve
in the center of the top and the long bow assembly through
the sleeve at the back of the top (nearest the sewn-in tag).
Again, note the position of the single pre-drilled holes on the
long bow frame. (Holes should be facing toward the middle of
Step 4. Pass the buckled end of the adjuster strap through
opening in the fabric and around the long bow. Thread
looped end through buckle. Attention should be paid
to the orientation of the strap and buckle so that the
finished piece resembles photo A. Pass the looped end
of the strap over the end of the short bow and slide
down into position directly across from opening in fabric
where buckled end is attached. (See illustration.) Leave at
maximum length. Repeat this step for the second strap.
Step 5. Pass looped end of each hold down strap over
each end of the long and medium bows. Use a no. 8, 1/2”
screw to fasten strap to bow frame at each pre-drilled
hole position as shown. Position strap over hole and insert
screw, with finish washer, through center of strap and into
Step 6. Connect short frame ends to jaw slides on each
side of long bow frame. Frame ends can be rotated to
align with jaw slides. Repeat for medium frame ends as
shown. Jaw slides should allow bows to pivot, but be tight
enough to hold securely.
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