: Installing the Bimini-Butler Adjustable Straps
Remove the existing
straps from your Bimini Top. Remove the Snap-Hooks from your straps
. Pull the "cut" end of the new strap provided through the strap-loop on
Feed the same "cut"
end of the strap into the Camlock Buckle.
Continue to slide
it through the Camlock Buckle and pull it partially through.
This creates a "loop"
with the Snap-Hook on the end. Slide the Camlock Buckle down the strap
until it is about 6" from the Snap-Hook and press firmly on the Camlock
Buckle lever to Lock the Camlock Buckle in place on the strap.
Attach the snap
hook to the boat with the lever of the Camlock Buckle facing away from
Grasp the loose
end of the strap and "untwist" it. Wrap this loose end around the Bimini
top frame at the same location where the former straps were installed.
Note: There's usually a decorative washer and a screw that secures the
strap to the top to keep it from sliding on the tubing. When you locate
the hole where the screw was, this is the location where the strap secures
to the frame.
Feed the loose end
of the strap into the metal Slide. We're shooting for about a 6" loop here.
This is how the
strap in the Slide should look.
At this time, fully
extend your Bimini-Butler on this side of the boat to the maximum height.
Attach the Camlock strap to the bimini top frame at the previous strap
location. This usually involves the screw and the decorative washer we
Adjust the strap
so it's fairly snug and putting a slight downward pressure on the Bimini-Butler.
When you feel comfortable
with the strap length, cut off the excess strap, leaving about 2" to dangle.
If you're not sure about cutting off the correct amount, run the system
for a day or so and mark the strap with chalk as to where the cut(s) need
to be. Then, cut the straps based on your experience. Complete the same
process on the other straps.
Use a lighter to
"singe" the raw edge of the straps to keep them from unraveling.