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  • Chain to replace nylon bimini straps? (Fabulous Pics)

    Hello everyone,

    One of my bimini straps snapped. I'm thinking about replacing the nylon straps with stainless steel chain. This should last forever I would think. Any thoughts on this?

    Thanks,
    Paul Bolden
    United States Coast Guard Aux Flotilla Commander

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    Re: Chain to replace nylon bimini straps?

    Lot's of luck finding stainless chain and I would stick with a good quality web strap..... ...... < no scratching
    This is a great link to boat specifications http://boatspecs.iboats.com/
    Please, shop iboats first!!

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    • #3
      Re: Chain to replace nylon bimini straps?

      Spray your new straps down with some UV protectant once or twice a year should last for a VERY long time!
      2012 Tahoe Q5 SF (19'5", 4.3L Merc 190hp, Minnkota PD-V2 55#, Lowrance Elite-4)
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      • #4
        Re: Chain to replace nylon bimini straps?

        At 4-5 bucks a foot its gonna get pricey fast lol ( unless you want to order up 50' of it ).

        Also..chain is not adjustable.

        Im with these guys and keep the nylon straps.

        YD.
        Do your best and caulk the rest

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        • #5
          Re: Chain to replace nylon bimini straps?

          Hello Everyone,

          Thanks for the feedback guys but I went forward with the chain solution. Finding the chain wasn't difficult. Lowe's sells marine grade stainless steel chain (small link) for $3.25 a foot and stainless steel clamps for a couple of bucks. Total cost was less than $15. I had bought 2 new nylon straps (which I've returned) to west marine...cost 31 bucks, ouch! The chain should last forever...I hope LOL.

          Here are some pics of the broken strap and the chain replacement.

          Paul Bolden





          United States Coast Guard Aux Flotilla Commander

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          • #6
            Re: Chain to replace nylon bimini straps?

            I like your idea, If you don't mind the chain rubbing on misc. surfaces and scratching it. BUT to play devils advocate, the web straps have a certain degree of flexibility that allows your Bimini to move to the wind while underway and minimizes the strain and shock to your windshield. By using chain (on that spot at least) you may find in the worst case, having to replace a Bimini pole, glass or a windshield frame, to at least having to constantly re-tightening screws.

            Keep an eye on it and if you start seeing something happen, throw on the web strap, and re-group.
            Wonder how good I would be if I actually knew what I was doing?

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            • #7
              Re: Chain to replace nylon bimini straps?

              I would invest in some 'Tubular nylon webbing" to cover those.

              Take a look what I mean here..

              http://tubularnylonwebbing.com/

              YD.
              Do your best and caulk the rest

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              • #8
                Re: Chain to replace nylon bimini straps?

                Thanks for the link Yacht Dr. Great idea. I'll be using it.

                Paul Bolden
                United States Coast Guard Aux Flotilla Commander

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                  Re: Chain to replace nylon bimini straps?

                  No problemo ..

                  YD.
                  Do your best and caulk the rest

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