Pontoon boat bimini light pole won't stay up

Slainte

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The bimini light pole on my Bennington pontoon won't stay up when underway. Has anyone had this problem? Know how to remedy it?
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Potomacbassin’

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There's another recent thread on this with some pictures. Same on mine, it's a chintzy deal but also simple setup so a MacGuyver solution exists at the local hardware store. I think a simple med-duty spring or split lock washer could do the trick but I haven't futzed with it yet. Off season task for me, but will share results if I get to it sooner.
 

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The base on mine was replaced a few times by the dealer and I finally just swapped it out for this one. Works best if you put it in one position and leave it alone.

 

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I had the other post on this. I fixed mine with a pair of star lock washers to help the teeth grab on and hold the mast up.
 
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