BIMINI TOP INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:

 

 

 

Please take extra care when unpacking and assembling your bimini top.  Should you need to return the bimini top, it MUST be in its original, new condition.  The bimini top canvas must be clean and dry, and free of debris (including pet hair). Frame components must not be scratched.

 

How To Prolong The Life Of Your Bimini Top:

Avoid letting water or snow stand on the top.

Always travel with top in the stored position.

Allow Bimini Top to dry thoroughly before folding for storage.

Important:    Make sure all parts are included in your Bimini Top package. 

! FOR STAINLESS STEEL TOPS AND SQUARE TUBE PONTOON TOPS, PLEASE REFERTO THE SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTIONS ON PAGE 5 WHICH EXPLAIN ALTERNATEPARTS NOT LISTED BELOW.

 

Caring for your Bimini Top Canvas

 

To keep your canvas looking its best, regularly brush off any loose dirt with a soft brush and rinse with lukewarm water (100F maximum). To clean, a solution of lukewarm water and mild natural soap such as “lvory” may be used. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry. The use of detergents is not recommended as it may diminish the water repellent finish on certain fabrics. Never machine wash, dry clean or iron the canvas. To spot clean stubborn stains, a solution of ¼ cup mild natural soap and 1 cup of bleach per gallon of lukewarm water may be used. Mist the soiled area and clean vigorously with a sponge, soft brush or clean towel. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry.

 

Always fold down and secure bimini top in the stored position when trailering your boat.

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Minimum tools needed:

Drill with 9/64" bit, a Phillips head and a flat head screwdriver, pencil.  Also helpful: Tape measure or other measuring device.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:

2 BOW BIMINI TOP

 

These instructions show how to assemble the top, with its frame and straps, starting upside down and inverting to an upright position when attaching to your boat.

 

Step 1. 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 2. Identify the hook shaped, long bow side frame parts and one of the center bow frame parts. Assemble the side bow and center bow parts as shown, aligning the pre­ drilled holes. Use the ½” no. 8 screws to connect the bow parts securely.

 

Step 3. Repeat this procedure for the short bow aligning the pre-drilled holes and securing them with ½” no. 8 screws.

 

Caution: If screw heads become burred, cover heads with duct tape or file down screw heads to avoid damage to canvas.

 

Step 4. With bows assembled, first pass long bow assembly through sleeve in back of top. (This is the sleeve on the end with the sewn-in tag.) Note the position of the jaw slides and the single pre-drilled holes on the bow frame. (Holes should be facing in.)

 

Step 5. Pass the short bow through sleeve in front of top. Note the position of the single pre-drilled hold-down strap holes on the bow frame. (Holes should be facing in.)

 

Step 6. Pass looped end of each hold-down strap over each end of the long and short 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 pre-drilled hole.

 

Step 7. Connect short frame ends to jaw slides on each side of long bow frame.  Jaw slides should allow short bows to pivot, but be tight enough to hold securely.

 

See below of this instruction sheet for mounting the Bimini Top onto your boat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:

3 BOW BIMINI TOP

 

These instructions show how to assemble the top, with its frame and  straps, starting  upside down and  inverting  to  an upright position when attaching  to your boat.

 

Step 1. 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 2. Identify the hook shaped, long, medium, and short bow side frame parts. Using the long bow side frame parts, and one of the center bow frame parts, assemble the side bow and center bow parts as shown, aligning the pre-drilled holes. Use the ½” no.8 screws to connect the bow parts securely.

 

Step 3. Repeat this procedure for the medium and short bows, aligning the pre-drilled holes and securing them with  ½” no.  8 screws.

 

Caution:  If screw heads become burred, cover heads with duct tape or file down screw heads to avoid damage to canvas.

 

Step 4. With bows assembled, first pass medium bow assembly through sleeve in 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 in.)

 

Step 5. Pass 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. Again note the position of the single pre-drilled holes on the long bow frame. (Holes should be facing in.)

 

Step 6. Pass the buckled end of the adjuster strap through opening in fabric and around long bow.  Thread looped end through buckle. 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.  Leave at maximum length.  Repeat this step for the second strap. See enlargement.

 

Step 7. 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 pre-drilled hole.

 

 Step 8. Connect short frame ends to jaw slides on each side of long bow frame. Repeat for medium frame ends as shown jaw slides should allow short bows to pivot, but be tight enough to hold securely.

 

See below of this instruction sheet for mounting the Bimini Top onto your boat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:

4 BOW BIMINI TOP

 

These instructions show how to assemble the top, with its frame and  straps, starting upside down and inverting to an upright position when attaching to your boat.

 

 

Step 1. 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 2. Identify the hook shaped, long, medium, and short bow side frame parts. Using the long bow side frame part, and one of the center bow frame parts, assemble the side bow and center bow parts as shown aligning pre drilled holes. Use the ½” no. 8 screws to connect the bow parts securely.

 

 

Step 3. 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 canvas.

 

Step 4. With bows assembled, first pass medium bow assembly through sleeve in front of top. (This is the sleeve opposite the end with the sewn-in tag). Note the position of the jaw slides and the single pre­ drilled holes on the bow frame. (Holes should be facing in.)

 

Step 5. Pass the 2 short bow assemblies through the 2 small sleeves in the center of the top and the long bow assembly through the sleeve at the back of the top. Again note the position of the jaw slides and the single pre-drilled holes on the long bow frame. (Holes should be facing in.)

 

 

Step 6.  Pass the buckled end of the adjuster strap through opening in fabric and around long bow. Thread looped end through buckle. 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 all 4 straps. See enlargement.

 

 

Step 7. 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 pre-drilled hole

 

 

Step 8. Connect medium frame ends to jaw slides closest to end of long bow frame. Then connect short frame ends to the second set of jaw slides on the long bow. Connect other short frame to the jaw slides on the medium frame bow. Jaw slides should allow short bows to pivot, but be tight enough to hold securely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Square Tube Pontoon  Bimini Top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow Instructions for 4-Bow Top with these exceptions:

Step 7.The long bow has  a  jaw slide installed to mount the brace kit, instead of the pre-drilled hole for the hold-down strap. (See photo on label.)

 

 

Additional Instructions for Buggy-Style Pontoon Top with Tails:

 

1.To fit tails properly, pull the tails straight down and mark the snap locations onto the rails.

 

2. Drill 1/8" hole where each snap is marked on the rail. Install supplied screw stud into hole. Repeat for all snaps.

 

3. Snap tails to the rail.

 

 (Note: the additional hardware (6 screw studs) are included in the fabric package.)

 

 

Stainless Steel Frame Supplemental Instructions:

The assembly of a stainless steel frame requires the use of rivets instead of screws. For your convenience, a Hand Riveting Tool and all necessary rivets are included with your bimini top. Simple instructions for operating a Hand Riveting Tool are located on the back of the Rivet Tool package. For your safety, it is highly recommended that you wear safety goggles when operating your Hand Riveting Tool.

 

Following the steps provided for a 2, 3 or 4-Bow top, use a 3/16" rivet (provided) where a no. 8, 1/2" screw is specified. Align the pre-drilled holes, place thick end of rivet in hole and nail-end of rivet in rivet tool. Occasionally it may be necessary to tap the rivet in place. Set rivet by compressing handle of rivet tool three times. Rivet will pop and be seated firmly in place. Repeat process at all pre-drilled holes.

 

Should a rivet seat improperly, it can be drilled out using a 3/16" drill bit. Extra rivets are provided for your convenience.     

 

 

 

Additional Instructions for Adjusting  Height of a standard 35" Super Sport or standard 46" 3-Bow Bimini Top.

 

If you wish to shorten the height of the above style bimini tops, you may do so by cutting the desired length from the ends of the long bow (see drawing). Do not attempt to shorten any other Carver Bimini Frame, as doing so will adversely affect the fit of the canvas and void the warranty.

 

Once the top has been shortened use a 3/16" drill bit to carefully drill the hole for the rivet. Be sure the eye end is set in the correct position before you drill for the rivet. Use a rivet gun to set the

rivet in place. Then follow the remaining instructions listed in the instruction sheet.

Note: Be sure all set screws, fittings and pre-installed hardware are tight

 

Use hacksaw to cut the desired length. You can remove up to 10" from this section.

 

Do not attempt to shorten the short or medium bows.

 

Additional Hardware Included

2 - 3/16" Rivets

2 – 7/8" Outside Eye Ends            

 

 

 

 

INSTALLING THE BIMINI TOP ON THE BOAT

 

Step 1. The Bimini Top is now ready to be inverted and positioned on the boat. This is easier with two or more people, one to hold the top in place, while another marks the positions of the hinges to be attached to the gunnel of the boat.

 

Step 2. Measure the marked position of the hinges carefully to make sure they are exactly opposite each other. If not aligned properly, the top may become warped or damaged and unstable while in use, or look unbalanced.

 

Step 3. Use a drill with a 9/64" bit to drill the pilot holes for the deck hinges.  If drilling into fiberglass hollow out the pilot hole to avoid cracking fiberglass when installing the screws. Secure the deck hinges with 1” no. 10 sheet metal screws provided.

 

 Step 4. Place top on boat, attaching the long bow ends to the hinges securely. Raise top to desired upright position and adjust each hold-down strap. Straps should be adjusted to a length that attaches to the boat at approximately 45-60 degree angles to help the top securely to boat

 

 

Step 5. Mark the position of the eye straps on the gunnel of the boat, measuring to make sure they are exactly opposite each other on the sides of the boat. Use a drill with a 9/64" bit to drill the pilot holes for the eye straps. Be sure to hollow out the pilot holes with the drill bit if drilling into fiberglass. Secure the eye straps with 1” no. 10 sheet metal screws provided.

 

Step 6. Attach the snap hook to the eye straps and adjust the hold down straps.

 

 

Please Note: The process of assembling the bimini frame may cause the width of the frame to expand or retract at the mounting points. If the frame appears too wide or too narrow when you are ready to mount the top on the boat, simply mount one side and, with minimal force, push or pull the opposite side to fit the mounting point on the gunwale.

 

Important note to Top Installer/User: Be sure all set screws, fittings and pre-installed hardware are tight.

 

Desired crown on Bimini Top can be achieved using adjuster straps after installation is complete.

!!! If mounting your bimini top to a windshield, you may need shorter screws to prevent cracking the windshield. Please call us for shorter screws.

 

CAUTION: Always fold down and secure bimini top in the stored position when trailering your boat.

 

 

 

 

 

Installing a Brace Kit

 

Brace Kits are available in:

•Aluminum tubing with Nylon Fittings - Fixed or Adjustable

•Aluminum tubing with Stainless Steel Fittings - Fixed only

•Stainless Steel tubing with Stainless Steel Fittings - Fixed only

 

All Brace Kit packages contain:

2 - Braces

2 – 90° Deck Hinges

2 - Hinged Jaw Slides w/ screw and bolt                                                                                                                                                         

4 - #10 x 1" stainless steel screws (for mounting the deck hinges)

2 - 3/16" rivets (required only when cutting down braces)

 

All fixed braces are 48" long. Adjustable braces "telescope" from 22" to 44 '; the desired length being "set" by a joiner section.

 

The height of fixed aluminum braces may be adjusted by removing and replacing one eye end on each brace. To remove the eye ends, use a 3/16" drill bit to drill out the rivets. Carefully measure and cut down the tubing to the desired length using a hacksaw. To replace the eye ends, use a 3/16" drill bit to carefully drill the hole for the replacement rivets. Be sure each eye end is set in the correct position  before drilling  for the rivet. Use a rivet gun to set the rivets in place.

 

The height of stainless steel braces is best adjusted by moving the mounting location fore or aft on the gunnel (given the hardness of the metal, stainless steel is not easily cut with household tools).

 

The typical location to attach the braces to the main (long) bow is 2 inches beneath the rear hold down straps.

 

To attach the braces, the bimini top must be deployed (in its upright position). Carefully measure the exact location for the hinged jaw slide on each side of the main (long) bow and mark with a black marker. Be sure the measurement is identical on port and starboard side. Open the hinged jaw slides and fasten each around the main bow at the marked locations by tightening   the screw securely. Insert the braces into the jaw slides by inserting the eye ends and securing tightly with the bolts provided.  Once the braces are attached to the main bow, determine the mounting locations for the deck hinges. The typical mounting point will create a 45° to 60° angle with the main (long) bow when the braces are mounted to the gunnel. To mount the deck hinges, refer to Steps 2 and 3 in the Bimini Top Installation  Instructions above.

 

 

 

 

Installing a Carver Slide Track Kit

Carver Slide Track Kits are available in 18",24”, 36”, 48" and 60" lengths to accommodate virtually any boat and bimini top.

 

All Slide Track Kit packages contain:

2 - Aluminum Slide Tracks

2 - Sliding Deck Hinges with combined Slide Locks

2 - Side-Mount Sliding Deck Hinges

2 - Slide Locks (for use with side-mount hinges)

4 - End Caps

All necessary for screws for mounting. (All screws are #8 x 1" Stainless Steel).

 

 

Slide track should be installed on a level surface and may be mounted on top of the gunnel or on the inside of the gunnel (side-mounted).

 

Determine the location for the slide track. Carefully measure and mark the mounting locations making sure the measurements are identical on port and starboard side so that the tracks will be exactly opposite. Slide tracks are pre-drilled for easy installation.

Use a 1/8" drill bit to drill screw holes. If drilling into fiberglass, it is important to hollow out the drill hole with the drill bit to avoid cracking the fiberglass when screws are tightened.  Insert all screws and tighten securely.

 

Slide the appropriate hinges into the track (combination hinges for standard mount track or side-mount  hinges and slide locks for side-mounted  track). The locks should be positioned forward of the hinges and tightened to a fixed position. Attach the end caps using the screws provided. The main (long) bow may now be inserted into the track by attaching the eye ends to the deck hinges. Adjust the position of the bimini top by loosening the locks and sliding them into the desired position. Always retighten the slide locks after adjusting the position of the bimini top.

 

 

 

Carver Industries, Inc. Limited Warranty:

 

The materials and workmanship in Carver products are guaranteed to be free of defects at time of manufacture.  The length of the warranty is determined by the type of material ordered.  

Warranty coverage commences on the original date of purchase.  The warranty does not cover normal wear, weather soiling, stains from environmental pollution and/or standing water, cuts from sharp objects, neglect, accident or misuse.  The bimini top must be properly installed, utilized or maintained.

 

If a defect is detected within 12 months of date or purchase, manufacturer will repair or replace (at its discretion) the product free of charge.

 

If a defect is detected after 12 months and up to 36 months from date of purchase for three-year warranties, and up to 60 months from date of purchase for five-year warranties, manufacturer will (at  its discretion) repair the defect on a time  and  material  cost basis or replace the product on a pro-rated basis.

Carver Industries, Inc and/or seller provide this warranty in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied. Carver Industries, Inc. and/or seller disclaim all liability for special, incidental or consequential   damages.

 

Some slates/provinces do not allow limitations on how long an Implied warranty lasts, or the exclusion or limitation of special, incidental or consequential damages, so these limitations and exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights, which vary from stale/province to state/province.

 

Call before returning product to receive a Return Merchandise Authorization Number (RMA#), then send warranty claims to: Phone: (864) 457-5820

Please enclose a note describing the defect and be sure to include your full name and address inside the package.

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