An update on the Bimini conversion.
I have fitted the outer panels made from 3/8in (9.5mm) Seaboard from San Deigo plastics which seems to be the main competitor to Starboard. These sheets cost me A$260 each (approx) collected in Sydney
I was going to finish the centre panel by bogging it up and gelcoating it but have decided against this. I now plan to get a sheet of 6mm Seaboard (to save a bit of weight) and fit this to the centre panel.
This will allow me to get a nice edge along the forward edge that will match the outer panels and look better than the FP Sika wedge that was hidden under the canvas
This will look better and cost less than bogging and gelcoat! I am a little concerned about it being slippery but if so I will roughen up some section of the panel.
I am also in the process of making a panel to cover my helm station. I am doing this by routing out sections of the 9.5 panel and heat bending them to fit my existing s/steel work.
The main issue with the HDPE is that it is hard to glue. I have found some glues recommended by the manufacturer but these are impossible to get in retail quantities in Sydney
. So I am relying on mechanical fastening.
I am getting the zips on my side covers replaced with a bolt rope
and will fit the track to the underside of the edging.
I don't have any good photos at this stage but will post some when I have them.
The reduction in temperature is quite noticable! It looks like you can make a "permanent" cover for less than the cost of a new canvas bimini!