I have a 2015 R227. After battling with my Bimini Top the first few years, this winter my dealer installed some sort of rivet system. So far this season I have trailered it 4 times without issue and have it on the water in the up/boot position twice and have had no issue.
Here is how the head mechanic at my dealer termed the repair... hopefully this steers your dealer(s) in the right direction as I know that Robalo was contacted for this repair.
The tool and fasteners that were used are call nut/thread setter, it inserts a treaded nut in the fr