Hinges and folding struts

Yes you can fold stainless steel tubing

Better access.
Better stowage.
Just better.

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We’ve re-engineered the link in our stainless steel articulated hinges for a tighter, smoother action.

Available now.

Buy them individually or as part of our assembled folding struts.

Gemini Marine Product’s patented articulated barrel hinge and GemLock folding strut assembly bring simplicity and elegance to your boat. When opened, a perfectly placed pair of push buttons lock a sleeve in place over the hinge so the strut only folds when you want it to fold. The design ensures that any strut can also double up as an ocean-rugged grab rail even when also acting in another capacity. Our step-by-step instructions make it easy – see below.

Use them to:

  • Make spreader bars on bimini tops that eliminate tensioning straps and give your boat a cleaner look and better cockpit access.
  • Install grab rails and pusher bars on dodgers that fold quickly for easy storage.
  • Make folding tables and T-tops, openings in life line rails and stowable jumper seats.

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Assembled GemLock folding struts

Ready-to-install assembled struts are available in 7/8” and 1” tubing using 316 marine grade stainless steel throughout. Both sizes come in 3′ or 6′ lengths – simply cut to your required length and install on your boat.

Gemini Marine Products GemLock folding strut diagram
GemLock folding struts

GemLock struts lock in position with a sleeve that slides over the hinged joint and is secured in position with a spring ball on either end. Our struts only fold when you want them to fold, making the entire length of a strut a great grab rail.

Why do you need our folding struts? so you can do things you can’t do any other way.

Praise for our folding strut

5 stars: “Excellent company. Extremely satisfied with their product and service.”
– Robert O, June 2018

Articulated hinges

Individual articulated barrel hinges are available in a variety of sizes to meet different needs. Please consult our product specifications for details or call us for advice on which hinge is best for your job.

Praise for our hinges

5 stars: “Extremely well made! Well made, works fine, fast shipping. Dat’s about all ya can ask for a special purpose hinges.”
– Jay K, August 2021

5 stars: “Stainless steel hinge – These were not round. Had to take them to machine shop and have them turned to fit. The shank on them is not .065. Closer to .875. Being they were larger and out of round. They had to be turned. Luckily I work for a large airline and was able to take them to work.”
– Brandon H, December 2019
(GMP replies: To help clarify, the description for this item clearly states, “Size: 1″ stainless steel hinge for use with .065″ wall thickness stainless steel tubing” – the insert portion of the hinge is not .065″. That is the wall thickness of the stainless tubing with which is it designed to be used.

(While it is possible it was out of round, the hinge is purposely designed to be slightly small for 1″ x .065 tubing, and the 0-ring is intended to compensate for any distortions in either the hinge casting or the tubing. We’re sorry this confusion caused you extra work, but we’re very happy you like them.)

2 stars: “Bought six. First time out, two broke immediately. Quality not as high as I’d expected.”
– Jason C, June 2019
(GMP replies: We’re sorry our hinges didn’t meet your expectations. In your other communication you said you used them on a bimini. It sounds as if perhaps they were used in a way that overtaxed their design and a stronger stainless steel hinge would have been a better option. We are always here by email or telephone to give advice on which of our products is the best fit for any given situation.)

3 stars: “I like this product as its serves a nitch propose. However, the hinge itself is a built lose and wobbly. I’ve also purchased the plastic version for aluminum and noticed that the fit of the hinge is much tighter. I wish this hinge used the same design and the plastic one.”
– John H, September 2017
(GMP replies: Yes we agree. These hinges were strong, but indeed they could feel a bit loose for some applications, so thank you for this feedback. We have redesigned our stainless steel hinges and remanufactured. As of October 2019 the new hinges are in stock, and they are considerably tighter than the old ones.)

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What the’re saying

Good Gear says our hardware gives your boat “a certain elegant attraction“.

See how it’s done

DIY GemLock folding struts and strapless bimini conversion