Here are some questions our support team answers often about our autobimini tops. If you haven’t found an answer to your query here, contact us anytime!
What is included with autobimini?
autobimini includes a multi-axis motion controller, waterproof enclosure with a keypad and status LEDs, remote FOB, APP (iOS or Android), two (2) electronic actuators, a 4-bow aluminum frame, canvas, and storage boot.
Depending on your exact installation, you may need additional miscellaneous wire-securing hardware for routing the electric cables.
What are the dimensions of an installed autobimini?
The approximate installed dimensions are 10 feet long and 52 inches high in the full UP position from the surface of the playpen. The width is adjustable from 92” to 102”.
Can I install autobimini myself?
Yes, autobimini is designed to be installed as a DIY project. We provide full instructions for installation. The DIY installation is for electrically and mechanically inclined people since it requires accurate measuring, drilling holes, tightening nuts/bolts, running wire cables, and electrical wiring skills.
Can I add autobimini to my existing pontoon?
Yes, autobimini can be added to almost any pontoon or deck boat due to its telescoping adjustable width framework feature. An autobimini will adjust and fit the width of pontoons anywhere between 92” to 102” wide.
The pontoon must have 1.25” square aluminum tubing in order to mount autobimini. The heavy-duty electronic actuators weigh 10 lbs each and are designed to be supported with 1.25” square aluminum tubing.
The installer must provide a full-length spacer if smaller aluminum tubing is used.
Will autobimini work on a playpen with a step profile aluminum tubing shape?
Some manufacturers, like Avalon, have a step profile playpen rather than the standard 1.25” square aluminum tubing.
If your pontoon has a step profile, it is possible to mount autobimini to these playpens, but it will require modifying the playpen and/or the products. autobimini is designed to fit 1.25” profiles.
I’m not the DIY type, how do I get autobimini installed?
See our list of dealers to have your autobimini professionally installed.
If you have a local pontoon boat dealer that is capable of installing autobimini, we will sell autobimini to the boat dealer at a discount so they can sell you the product and charge you an installation fee.
What makes autobimini smart?
The autobimini actuators are “smart” since they are provided with encoders. The encoders tell the speed and position of each actuator to the multi-axis motion controller, and the controller electronically synchronizes both actuators for smart motion control of the bimini.
How long are the electronic actuator cables?
The dual electric actuator cables are 25 feet long and provided with marine-grade wire in a protective jacket.
You may find that the actuator cables are bigger than in other brands. This is because six (6) marine-grade wires are inside each jacketed actuator cable. There are two (2) wires for motor power and four (4) wires for encoder electronic synchronization. The cable houses more wires since it is smart.
Do I have to hold the button to operate autobimini?
Whether you are operating autobimini with the helm-mounted switch, remote FOB, APP, or keypad, we require the operator to be in control of the system.
The person who is operating the system with any method must be able to stop autobimini at any time for any reason. This is for safety.
Can I use my existing bimini top with autobimini actuators?
No, autobimini framework is specifically engineered to work with autobimini actuators. Even the best manually operated bimini tops on the market will quickly fail when powered due to their lightweight construction.
Our autobimini needs the stiffness of the provided aluminum structure to perform the needed motion control.
Does autobimini come with a warranty?
Yes, autobimini comes with a one-year limited warranty.
Where can I get replacement parts for autobimini?
Replacement parts such as canvas, boot, aluminum frame, keyfob remote, actuators, autobimini controllers, enclosures, and contactors are available.
View all of our replacement parts or contact us with service questions.