Originally Posted by CAELESTIS
I have two 33lb panels
on mine and it works fine (I do have larger diameter tubing on the main bows).
Thanks for the good picture. Your bimini
frame looks good and stronger than mine. I don't have the nearly vertical tubes going to the back rail. Only straps. Are the tubes really necessary ?
Similarly, I don't have the horizontal tubes (tubes A) near the top. I'm planning to install those. I'm thinking of putting two other tubes (tubes B) (to which the solar
panel would be attached) across the top of the bimini, and then either bending the tubes B down the side (or using right-angled connectors) to connect to the horizontal tubes A.
I have straps at the top and each side of the front main tube.
What I am concerned about is that the whole weight is going to be supported by just one 1" tube coming down to the deck
on each side. I think I'm going to need those near vertical tubes going to the back rail. Agreed ??
Picture of current
set-up coming after next visit to the boat !
Will my local marine
store (NOT very sophisticated) be able to bend 1" tubes, or do you have to get them done at specialists ?