Buying a Bimini Top: Length, Width, and Height Considerations

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Kyla in Bimini Tops

Bimini tops protect you and your boat from sun and rain. But get out your tape measure before you buy one.

Bimini tops protect you and your boat from sun and rain. But get out your tape measure before you buy one to make sure you get the right one.

Great protection from the sun and rain, a bimini top (funny name; serious business) offers hours of carefree angling, water skiing, wakeboarding or cruising.

SavvyBoater.com is proud to carry bimini boat tops from industry leaders like  Carver and Westland. These manufacturers offer expert workmanship, high quality materials, warranties, and great selections of fabric, style and color. You’ll find bimini tops to fit all styles of boats, including pontoon boats and boats with towers.

So that just leaves the question: What size and shape is right for my boat? There are some important things to think about before purchasing your bimini top. So we offer some help with length, width and height considerations, to make sure your selection is accurate and the process is easy. To start, get out your tape measure. Then consider the following:

Width: The first question you should ask yourself is this: Where are you going to mount your bimini top – the windshield, top of the gunwale, or inside of the gunwale? You must decide the mounting point first. That will determine the width of the frame that you will need. Widths come in ranges between 47 inches and 103 inches, so rest assured, we’ve got you covered.

Length: The length of your bimini top depends on how much area you want to shade. You may just want to cover the front seats. Or, you may want to include the front seats and the next row of seats as well. The boat’s seat configuration and style are important to know before you start your selection process. Your options for length will typically range from 5 feet to 8 feet.

Height: This is the area where your personal preference has the most impact. The profile of your bimini top will affect your standing room as well as the speed and maneuverability of your boat. You will also want to consider the height of the gunwale and the boat style. For faster boats, owners tend to go with shorter tops due to the stress on the bimini frame. Bimini tops for pontoon boats, on the other hand, are typically taller because pontoons don’t go as fast and users tend to walk around more. The speed and use of ski boats lean toward low-profile bimini tops. SavvyBoater.com offers bimini selections in heights of low profile, standard, standing room, and extra standing room, ranging 30-60 inches from mounting plate.

Bimini tops can make a huge difference in the quality of your experience when boating. Too much sun or unexpected rain can take the fun out of an otherwise great adventure.

If you need help choosing a bimini top, beyond the tips offered here, SavvyBoater.com offers expert customer service. Click here for phone, email and live chat options.

 

 

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