Boat Bimini Tops
What is a Boat Bimini Top
A boat bimini top is an incredibly handy attachment for your boat that can protect you from any type of weather. Rain or shine, a boat equipped with a high quality bimini top, will guarantee that you and your crew can have a good time. The tops are easy to install, on any type of open boat and are flexible, so that they can be mounted and un-mounted with ease. Perhaps, you don't want to worry about un-mounting your top, in which case you can decide how much of your boat the top will cover. The tops come in a variety of sizes however the most common bimini tops are 6' in length. Bimini's can also be any width, depending on the distance between the side rails of your boat. It doesn't take an expert to install a bimini top, just a handful of tools, a sheet of instructions, and a little bit of time! Finally, your bimini top will add a splash of color to your boat that'll be sure to look great as you sail away!
Boat Bimini Top Benefits
Having a boat bimini top is an essential item for anyone who has an open top boat and wants to spend a lot of time at sea. The main benefit of the bimini top is weather protection. Of course, if it is a scorching hot day and you want to get out of the direct sunlight, the top is the perfect solution. The top can also come in handy if there are some sun showers. Another major benefit of the top is that it is a flexible option, since you can easily remove the top whenever you like. You might wish to start your day under the comfortable shade of the top however as the sun sets, no top will give the best view. Another reason for having a bimini is that it is stylish! You can pick a color that will best accentuate your boat, to make it look more welcoming and fun.
Bimini Top Mounting
You'll want to carefully consider the size of your bimini top before going ahead and making a purchase. While most boats require a 6' long bimini top to cover the length of the boat, the perfect length can be a off by a couple of feet give-or-take. For example, pontoon boats require at least 8' long tops, in general.
Mounting points for bimini tops are used to determine where the shade will fall. These adjacent points, Port to Starboard, determine the bimini's center of shade. For example, a bimini top that is 6' in length will provide 3' of shade on either side of the mounting points. The width of the bimini will simply be the measurement between the two mounting points.
Also, take note that the bimini will remain hinged to the mounting points, even when collapsed! So, you'll want to consider that the bimini should collapse onto an unused portion of the boat. To determine where the bimini would fall, you would need to know the height of your frame. The height distance could be measured from the mounting point to determine the where collapsed bimini would fall.
When it comes to height, you'll also want to think about, how much head space you would need. If you plan to stand a lot, you could measure the height of your bimini from the base of the mounting points to just over your head. One thing to be mindful of is that most people spend a considerably greater amount of time sitting on boats. That is why a lower top is usually the better choice, as it also provides superior shade and less wind resistance!
Here's a quick summary of bimini top mounting:
Mounting Point: Find your mounting point to determine the center of shade and the starting point to where the bimini will fall when collapsed.
Width: Use the mounting points to measure the distance between Starboard and Port, to find the width of your bimini frame.
Length: Use your best discretion to determine how long the bimini top should be to cover your boat on either side of the mounting points.
Height: Consider where your bimini will fall when collapsed, based on the height distance of the bimini frame from the mounting point. Also think about whether you really need standing room clearance. If not, a shorter bimini top will ensure more shade and less resistance.
Our Bimini Top Canvas Fabric with Unprecedented Performance
UV and Fade Resistant
Our boat biminis come with a 5-year warranty to protect against color fading! If for whatever reason, your boat bimini loses some of its beauty due to loss of color, we will replace it with a brand new top.
Mold and mildew resistant
Our canvas fabrics are highly mold and mildew resistant, especially when stored properly when not in use. In the unlikely event that mildew occurs just wash the canvas in a simple bleach solution.
Our bimini tops are designed with a high level of UV resistance. While we recommend regularly applying sunscreen and limiting sunbathing hours, you will remain protected when under our bimini tops.
Unlike some marine fabrics that trap heat in, our bimini top fabric allows air to pass through. The breathable bimini top ensures that you’ll be able to feel some cool breeze, even on a hot day.