How to Add Extra Stability to a Bimini Frame
Does your bimini frame move from side to side too much for your liking? Enhance the frame’s stability with a diagonal support strut. This extra piece of framing runs at an angle from the bimini frame to the boat’s aft railing and prevents the frame from swaying from port to starboard. You can create your own support strut or use one of Sailrite’s pre-made kits.
You can add this extra support strut while you’re building the bimini frame or after it’s installed. If the frame is already installed, use a hinged jaw slide to connect the strut to your main bimini frame. To get the angled needed, you can either use an angled mounting plate (#52103), a universal deck hinge (#103120) or, as we do in the video, you can bend an angle into the tang on the eye end.
Watch our quick, step-by-step video to see how easy it is to install a diagonal support strut on a bimini frame.
Items Used to Install a Diagonal Support Strut:
- 3 feet- 1" Stainless Steel Tubing #121113
- 2 - 1" Stainless Steel Eye Ends #42101
- Stainless Steel Hinged Jaw Slide for 1" Tubing #110165
- Flat Mount Plate Stainless Steel 7/8" & 1" #42103
- Stainless Steel Rivets for Marine Fittings #121165
Learn how we made the webbing straps that support the front of this pontoon boat bimini in our video, “How to Make an Adjustable Webbing Strap for a Bimini or Dodger.”