I love to accessorize. My cruiser bike has a basket and a bell. There is a blue tooth in my car and a GPS in my golf cart. So when it comes to my boat, I bring out the bling with cup holders, a special ramp for the dog, and a bimini top to protect against the elements.
I can even go further and bling my bimini with accessories from fishing rod holders to stainless steel fittings. Here are some ideas for you to improve the performance and convenience of your bimini top.
Easy Ways to Store Your Bimini: A bimini top is a wonderful thing when you want to protect yourself from the sun or rain, but what to do with it when you don’t need it? You’ll want a system that is easy to install, and makes it easy to store your bimini when not in use – and then easily move it back to where you want it when you need the shade.
- Slide Track System: Easily adjust the position of your bimini top with a slide track. Tracks mount to the deck with hinges to lock your bimini in place when in use or stored. Bimini slide track systems come in deck mounts and side mounts from Westland and gunwale and deck hinge mounts from Carver.
- Brace Kit: Another choice to store your bimini top when not in use is a brace kit from Carver. This bimini top accessory supports your bimini top up and out of the way when it isn’t in use allowing free access to transom seating, swim platforms or rear entries.
- Rear Strut Kit: A rear strut kit from Westland allows your bimini to be folded back and securely braced up and out of the way when not in use, leaving you free to still move about your boat.
Fittings: The fittings on your Bimini top are most likely made of nylon, which come standard with your purchase. You can upgrade to stainless steel fittings for a comparatively small investment.
Fishing Rod Holders: Fishers of men, and women, will be hooked on the Rocket Launcher Rod Holder from Carver. No fumbling with your fishing rods when your bimini is deployed. Made with the same tough and dependable construction as all Carver bimini frames, this bimini top rocket launcher offers convenient storage and even some light tackle trolling for up to five rods.
SavvyBoater.com offers excellent customer service to help you sort out the best bimini top accessories for your purposes. Telephone (866/560-1330) and Live Chat operators are available 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Friday.