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Re: [Michalak] Re: bimini top for AF4

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  • John Bell
    The one I got from Overtons was perfect right out of the box. JB ... From: Mike Saunders To: Sent: Saturday,
    Message 1 of 16 , Jul 6, 2002
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      The one I got from Overtons was perfect right out of the box.

      JB
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Mike Saunders" <no1likhim@...>
      To: <Michalak@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, July 06, 2002 3:49 PM
      Subject: Re: [Michalak] Re: bimini top for AF4


      |
      | Thanks for th warning............
      | ravenouspi wrote:I ordered a bimini top from BoatUS.
      | The manufacturer was Taylor Made, and the product name was ECONOMY
      | Bimini Top, so perhaps I shouldn't be surprised.
      | The stainless tubing was attached by holes and pan head SS screws.
      | The holes were too small for the screws, which would either strip
      | out the slots or worse, twist the heads off entirely leaving a hard
      | to remove jagged headless screw. After having to go buy more
      | screws, and drill the holes out a hair more, I noticed another
      | problem. Two of the predrilled holes on one of the frames were
      | placed incorrectly causing the frame not to fold or lay flat (if you
      | lay it on the ground, one leg would stick up at about a 20 deg angle.
      | So redrilling, refitting, mounting the dogs and the top on the boat,
      | I finally got ready to put the top up and adjust the straps and
      | tension. Guess what, the clips on the end of each strap would not
      | clip onto the dogs. The clips were plastic and too fat to hook over
      | the half loops of the "dogs" (I think they were called this in the
      | parts list). Well actually they almost would, but the little snap-
      | lock-strip-thing on the clip got in the way.
      | I made some loops out of nylon cord, but they are a bitch to hold
      | up, open, and clip to, when the strap is under tension. Will have
      | to find something rigid and non-rusting next time I'm in a town of
      | any size.
      | I only mention this because at the time of ordering I found 3
      | different tops for sale for the same price $139.00. I chose BoatUS
      | because they mentioned shipping from a warehouse in FL, and I
      | thought it might be quicker than some of the other choices. If I
      | had it to do again, I'd go another way. Don't know if it would turn
      | out any better though.
      | Of course the top looks good now, and as soon as I get the strap
      | clips thing worked out, I can forget all the hassle, and enjoy.
      |
      | Rav
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