Even though this is a highly searched question on the internet, I think it is fairly easily answered another question.
Is there minimum of three places per side on the boat type, that hardware can be mounted by screws, bolts, pop rivets, etc?
However, that being said, we have actually replaced the material for a Bimini that was mounted on a zodiac inflatable. How you ask… not something that we can do in our shop. It looked like manufacturer installed mount patches that were rubber cemented on. Typically the answer for inflatable boats is, No.
To install a bimini you need three mounting points minimum per side, so a total of 6.
The middle location is where the bow/pole structure would connect.
Forward of this location is typical a loop/pad eye that a support strap would snap too, pulling the bows apart and opening the bimini.
The aft mount, when we will build biminis, is another pole mount. Installing a rigid connection at this point to hold the bimini in an upright position when closed and creating the stretch/tension point when open.
How fast can you go with a bimini?
How fast can a boat go with a bimini open? Well speed is restricted for sure, some say 35mph. Determining a speed and promising a speed is a tough call. We typically tell people it is meant for cruising, or drifting. We double stitch to strengthen the material portion. If you plan on going out and running wide open on on full plane, it would be best if your bimini was in the closed position. Options can be built on, to custom your bimini set up to support more speed. These options are:
The major thing to consider when thinking speed is your hull, the material it is made of and how the mounts are fastened.
A list of boats that biminis can be installed and what to think about before doing so…
If your boat style is not listed and you think mounting points are possible, please give us a call. We love a new challenge.