Your Veranda Luxury Pontoons Vista View manual bimini allows you and your passengers to enjoy longer days on the water by providing the necessary shade from the sun or light rain. The Vista View manual bimini comes in a 9-foot length and is standard.
Standard Size: 9’
The first thing most boat owners do when they get onto their pontoon is to raise the bimini up from the flat storage position to 45 degrees, or radar position as we like to call it, which allows you and your passengers to access the aft and stern swim deck. Be sure to raise the bimini anchor light to an upright position if you are operating your pontoon in low-light conditions.
To move the bimini up to the radar position, you will need to access the quick release hardware on the top of both the port and starboard fences and remove the safety pin to unlock the bimini frame. If it won’t release easily, you can grab the bimini frame with one hand while removing the pin with the other. Once both sides of the frame are disconnected from the top of the rail, you will need to firmly grab the side of the bimini frame and raise it upwards to 45 degrees. Now grab the longer frame arm and remove it from the bracket holding it in place to allow it to hang down vertically. Next, with your free hand grab the base of the hanging arm and move the ball into the base of the quick-release hardware. Once firmly seated in the base, you will want to push the safety pin back in to secure the frame arm in the base. Now move to the other end of the frame, still holding the bimini, and repeat the same steps to get that end of the frame arm secured into the base.
To open up your bimini fully you will need to unzip and remove the cover. Remove the safety pin from both of the quick-release bumper hardware bases. Now reach up and firmly grab the top, horizontal frame of the bimini and walk forward towards the bow to open up the bimini canvas. Once it’s fully extended you will need to move to either end of the frame along the fence and with one hand continue to hold the bimini up and with the other hand, grab the arm that is secured to the main frame, remove it from the bracket so it hangs down vertically and secures the ball of it into the base of the quick release until it locks into place. Once firmly seated in the base, you will want to push the safety pin back in to secure the frame arm in the base. Now move to the other end of the frame, still holding the bimini up, and repeat the same steps to get that end of the frame arm secured into the base.
Please note that the canvas on a new pontoon will still be tight, so you may need to pull downward on the frame to get the hinge to lock into the base. After the canvas has had time to stretch it will be easier to deploy.
Getting a second person to help with the deployment of the Vista View manual bimini will make for a much easier and enjoyable process.
Please be aware that on windy days you can damage the bimini frame, pontoon rails, and even injure passengers when attempting to deploy the bimini. It’s also not recommended that you run the pontoon at high speeds with the bimini deployed as it will put unnecessary stress on the frame which will bend and damage it over time.
When trailering, be sure to lock the two zippers together in the center of the cover with the clip to ensure it does not blow off when traveling and damage your bimini canvas or frame.