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With An Accon Bimini Hinge, Shade Is Seconds Away

Published: Thursday, June 25, 2020

On a hot, sunny day, a bimini top offers cooling shade and protection from harmful UV rays. But one lost screw or pin can mean the entire assembly stays in storage. With Accon Marine's innovative 401 Quick Release Bimini Hinge, the top is ready to offer respite from the heat of the day in a matter of seconds, all without tools and fumbling for parts.

With the Accon Marine 401 hinge, the pin is installed permanently onto the bimini frame. When the top is needed, the pin simply snaps into the low-profile base that's mounted on the boat. To remove, a touch of the quick-release button unfastens it—something that's especially convenient at night. When not in use, its low-profile design retains the boat's sleek shear and doesn't create a trip hazard.

Installing an Accon Marine 401 Quick Release Bimini Hinge is simple and requires only common household tools. Because it surface mounts, cut-outs aren't necessary. After applying painter's tape, mark the screw holes, tap with a punch and drill the holes. Insert the #10 screws and tighten the nylon lock nuts and washers from underneath. Accon Marine offers a variety of shims to attach the 401 to all types of surfaces, angles and round pipes. A video is at

The 401 Quick Release Bimini Hinge is crafted from 316 stainless steel for long-lasting reliability and good looks. It's available in versions for use with metal eye ends (401) or plastic (401-320), both cost $35.17.

In addition to the 401, Accon Marine manufactures a wide range of bimini hinges for virtually any application. It offers Flush Mount (402), Rail Mount (403), Round Surface Mount (404), Flush-Mounted (405), Aluminum Surface Mount Quick Release (410), Quick Release Bimini Hinge for Straps (415), and Side Mount Quick Release for 7/8" (401-7/8) and 1" tubing (401-1) models.

Contact Accon Marine, 13665 Automobile Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33762. 727-572-9202; Fax: 727-572-7621.

tags: Accessories, Retrofitting

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