Keep cool and out of the sun on your next river trip with the Coyote Raft Bimini. Built locally here in Durango, CO, Coyote Bimini's are the strongest, longest lasting, and the only bimini specifically designed for use on rafts or catarafts. Our streamlined, no-wrap canopies keep you covered on those long, hot days on the river, while having the most aerodynamic profile that slices into the wind and creates as little wind drag as possible. Our no-wrap design also gives you better a peripheral view of the canyon than traditional motorboat style biminis.
Coyote Bimini frames are made entirely out of aluminum, chrome plated zinc and stainless steel (no plastic here!). The 3-bow frame is built with double-walled 7/8" aluminum tubing, making it both lightweight and extremely strong, with metal fittings throughout. The adjustable, flat profile of the canopy helps cut thru the wind and gives you better a peripheral view of the canyon than traditional motorboat style biminis. The canopy is built with 11oz HarborTime Edge Marine fabric, which is stronger, more hydrophobic and more abrasion resistant than Sunbrella or other fabrics used by most of our competitors. Easily stowable and removable with excellent longevity, the Coyote Bimini may be the best rafting investment you've ever made.
See our Coyote Bimini Mount for mounting to single or double rail frames. For mounting to decking, see our Bimini Deck Mount.
You can also use our Coyote Bimini Extensions to customize the collapsed location and overall height of your bimini.
*Raft frame & mounts sold separately*
Our 8' long canopy is made from HarborTime Edge Marine 11 oz. acrylic coated polyester marine fabric that features a unique color coating, enhanced with proprietary clear coating on both sides, and eliminating the possibility of color transfer or rub-off. Harbor Time Fabric is water, mildew and UV repellent that offers superior strength, abrasion resistance and stability for minimum stretch or shrinkage compared to Sunbrella fabric.
We chose not to extend our canopy down around the sides of the frame, which cuts down on wind resistance and allows you to enjoy the canyon scenery surrounding you by impeding less on your line of sight. Canopies are full width to the start of the corner bends on all frames. All our tops are sewn by Ellis Canvas Tents here in Durango, CO.
All our frames are cut from raw material in-house, digitally machine bent to exact specs, then drilll pressed and assembled by hand. Each frame is made of 7/8" x .058 satin anodized aluminum tubing, eliminating the possibility of oxidation, retaining a clear sparkling finish for years on end. Each bend is internally reinforced with two feet of 3/4" x .058 drawn mill aluminum tubing for extreme durability and rigidity in the frame corners. The crossbar joints are held together with 1/4" stainless steel button clips so that the frame can easily break down, without tools, into two side sections and three center pieces for storage or transport.
Sizing & Mounting
Each frame has a certain amount of flexibility at the end of the bows, so if your frame is between listed sizes, pick which one will fit better when collapsed in relation to your boat or frame. Going slightly narrower than your raft frame can help protect the bimini frame, while going to the next size up will give you 6" more canopy width, or may not take up as much deck space. Choose the best option that works for your setup.
If you are doing a static or track-style deck mount, determine your width by chosing where you want to place the mounts on your decking, and measure the distance between them. We recommend mounting towards the outside edges of the decking, but do what works best for your setup. If you run lots of gear on your decks, you may consider a widh that is appropriate to mount to the insides of your decks. Contact us if you are unsure of our sizing. We highly recommend having the bimini set up on the boat in a mock set-up before drilling for any static mounts (or before leaving to the put-in for your first trip!).
We recommend mounting the bimini 8-12" in front of your oar towers, but every set-up is different. Getting your bimini as close as possible to your oar towers will give the rower more shade. You will need to make sure you have enough forward clearance for your oars while you are rowing. We recommend testing your bimini mounting location on dry land first, either on a trailer, or by pulling your oar blades off of the shaft if your boat is on the ground. Extend your oars at the same angle as you would if you were rowing in both directions. Make sure that your oars do not touch the frame of the bimini until they are as close to parallel to the frame as possible. Yes, at some point they will hit, you just need to make sure that it won't interfere with normal calm-water rowing conditions. Keep in mind we highly discourage rowing whitewater above Class I-II with the bimini deployed.
Compared to the Competition
Our Coyote Biminis are bigger, stronger, and longer lasting! Our 8' canopy will cover both your rowing bay as well as your passengers, something that is very hard to do with a 6' or smaller canopy. Our double-walled aluminum frame and all metall fittings are extremely strong and lightweight and will not crimp or bend under "normal" use. The HarborTime canopy is more water, mildew, abrasion and fade resistant than Sunbrella fabric, and will also need to be waterproofed less often.
Our Coyote Biminis are built and tested by rafters for rafting and are 100% USA built. They are not re-branded, mail-order marine kits, like our competitor's kits. They come "fitting-assembled" and require minimum assembly, meaning all you'll have to do is clip each color-coded center frame piece to the corresponding bow, slip the canopy on the frame and mount it to your boat. No measuring out where each fitting goes or figuring out what goes where.
Our Coyote Biminis are covered by our 5-year limited warranty on the entire unit, frame and fabric included. This warranty covers materials and craftsmanship on all parts of the bimini. The warranty does not cover normal wear and tear, weather soiling, stains from environmental factors and/or standing water, cuts from sharp objects, neglect, accident or misuse. The bimini canopy must be properly installed, utilized and maintained. The frame must be installed and mounted properly, with enough clearance for the oars in both directions. Mounting straps must be properly affixed to the main frame and not just the footman loops and not over tightened. All warranty claims will be inspected and repaired or replaced by Coyote / 4Corners Riversports.