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    Posted: 29 September 2010 at 8:36pm
We are planning on making a new bimini using the old one as a pattern - using our Sailrite machine of course.  Question is that the old top currently leaks like crazy, especially where the split back stay goes through the top and along wherever there are zippers.  We think part of problem is that the top is old but how can we ensure we are leak proof going forward? Are there different ways to design the top in the back stay area?  Do your videos provide suggestions on what type of seam to stitch?  
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If you follow Sailrite's video on making a bimini you will be fine. I strongly recommend that you not use the old one as a bimini but instead pattern a new one using the technique we show in the video.

The only change I would make is to create a stand up boot at the backstay opening. Put a drawstring at the top of the boot so you and secure the material tightly around the backstay thereby reducing any leakage issues.
 
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Hi Matt:

Thanks for the quick reply (although we do have all winter)!  Couple of questions though.  We are only planning on replacing the actual bimini top, the sides of the top were made much later than the original top and are practically new.  Plus the boat will be on the hard for the winter, two hours away therefore making fitting on the boat quite impossible (which is one of the reasons to use the old pattern).  Will the fact that we are not replacing the sides affect our decision to use/not use the old bimini as a pattern?  Does the video demonstrate how to make the "stand up boot" you recommend?   Will viewing the video answer all of these questions? 
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You can use the old as a pattern but I generally don't like that plan. But if you are careful when taking the pieces apart you should be fine. The key is not to stretch the material edges as you remove the stitches.
 
The video does not show making a stand up boot but the process is just a matter of adding another piece of canvas in the area where the slit is just wide enough to accomodate the backstay (zippers stop short). Then the top of the boot would have a drawstring to cinch it tightly around the stay.
 
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