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    I am looking for some ideas to take the droop out of the cover and reduce the water pooling. I've experimented with various homemade ridge poles and bows but still not entirely satisfied. I'll be sewing a new cover soon and would like to prevent water from collecting on it. Twice during the recent windy, wet weather, I came out of the salon at the just in time to have 2-3 gallons of cold water poured down my neck. This probably only happens to me. :whistle: Thanks...................Dave

    #2
    I'm interested in this as well.
    James
    Kai Nani, Redondo Beach, CA
    1989 MY 3288
    Hino 150hp with Hurth 630A Trannies

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      #3
      When the wind comes from the rear it blows the canvas up and my poles end up going sideways and then the canvas pools up with water. I'm thinking about sewing a loop on the canvas and attaching a line to the Bimini frame and eliminating the support poles all together.
      1988 3218
      Triple “O"
      Hino diesels

      Seadoo Wake 170

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        #4
        How about let it sag in the middle and leave a big hole? Keep a 5 gallon bucket under the hole, with a hose hooked to the bucket that drains overboard?

        Just a thought that may or may not work.
        Esteban
        Huntington Beach, California
        2018 Element 16
        Currently looking for 32xx in South Florida
        Former Bayliners: 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952

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          #5
          I have no problem with my design. I can email you pics

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            #6
            Depending on what your design is, I just had a new tarp sewn for the upper helm last year. In two places the guy put two brass eyes and supplied two small telescopic rods that the pointed tip of the rods go into. They are evenly spaced and run down the center front to back. This holds the cover up and tight once the cover is snapped all the way around and its sloped toward all 4 sides. He put a flap in the back of the tarp which covers the entrance to the helm so no wind problems. I wont have it on for a few days but would be happy to post some photo's if your still interested.
            Dan
            Frostbite Falls, Minnesota
            Claudia V. III
            1988 - 3218
            Gas Drives

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              #7
              "green650" post=802967 wrote:
              How about let it sag in the middle and leave a big hole? Keep a 5 gallon bucket under the hole, with a hose hooked to the bucket that drains overboard?

              Just a thought that may or may not work.
              I like this idea for a cover that does not or never did fit,

              The cover needs to fit and be tight then you can use adj poles to put a peak in the cover so not to hold water.
              1988 3270
              135 hinos
              Seldovia ALASKA
              KEVINS UPHOLSTERY
              KEVINSBOATTOPS.COM
              Marine canvas/Upholstery
              since 1975

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                #8
                floatyerboat; Yes sir, I'd like to see a picture, at your convenience. I appreciate it.

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                  #9
                  I had "droop" issues with my Bimini on my 4588. As it was a perpetual problem,I figured out a way to install bows in between the ss cross tubes of the Bimini.

                  I bought 3/4 inch pvc pipe and tees. I cut 1/2 the tube side of the tee to create a "C" shape along the tube, so when the pipe was in stalled into the single exit of the tee the "C" would sit onto the ss rail. I cut the pipe a bit longer than the distance between the s rails and inserted them into the cut tees. I then snapped the "c" shapes onto the rails so the pipes were perpendicular to the rails. The "C" cut tees in concert with the overlength pipes allows the pvc pipes to bow under the canvas and create a durable solution for the droop. You can install however you need to attain the bow you want. It worked great for years and was SUPER cheap to do.

                  I hope this helps.

                  Happy boating,

                  BJ

                  OMEGA

                  5788
                  BJ
                  OMEGA
                  5788

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                    #10
                    My previous boat was a 1989, 2858. The flybridge was about the same size as that on a 32xx. I used a pole with support straps similar to this one. It held up to rain and some snow:

                    http://boatsuppliesplus.com/product/...upport-system/

                    If I were to do it again, I would use one of these:

                    http://www.go2marine.com/product/112...port-pole.html
                    1999 3788, Cummins 270 "Freedom"
                    2013 Boston Whaler 130 SS
                    Anacortes, WA

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                      #11
                      The vented pole is the one that I have. 5 years, never been a problem.
                      Ernie
                      1986 3270
                      Volvo 305s


                      MMSI 338130047
                      Lake Michigan

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                        #12


                        sorry for the delay. Here are photos of the canvas cover for the upper helm on my 3218


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                        Dan
                        Frostbite Falls, Minnesota
                        Claudia V. III
                        1988 - 3218
                        Gas Drives

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                          #13
                          The pvc pipe idea igiftmon describes should work for me. And I like the price! Thanks.
                          1996 Bayliner 3388, Cummins 150 hp engines

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                            #14
                            Thanks floatyerboat, I will modify my exiting cover using your idea then also incorporate it when I sew my new cover.

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                              #15
                              Your welcome.
                              Dan
                              Frostbite Falls, Minnesota
                              Claudia V. III
                              1988 - 3218
                              Gas Drives

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