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Bimini Top Measuring
All that's necessary to determine which size top to order is choosing the length, height,
and width that best accommodates your boat and your
requirements. Remember that height as well as length determines how much shade your bimini top will provide. Consider the coverage area when the
top is deployed or opened and also where it falls when it's closed and folded down at the rear of the boat. Ensure that there is enough space in front of and behind the deployed
top to mount eye straps to secure the hold-down straps.
Using a tape measure, decide which length
top covers the portion of the boat you want
the top to cover: 5 ', 6 ', or 8 '.
The pivotal mounting point will be approximately
at the center point of the top of each side
of the boat. The 90 degree deck mounts included
with the top are designed to mount on a relatively
flat horizontal surface. However, optional
mounts are available for vertical side mounting
or rail mounting.
After determining where the pivotal mount
location will be on each side of the boat,
measure the distance between these mounting
points to determine the width of top you need.
While standing inside the boat, measure from
the pivotal mounting point straight up to determine
the desired height.
Frequently Asked Questions about Bimini Tops
How do I know what size of a bimini top to
The first thing you need to do is determine where you are going to mount the
bimini. Determine how much overall height you need, and then subtract the height
from the floor up to the mounting point (or simply calculate the height from
the mounting point, up). Then, decide how much coverage you want fore to aft,
and then measure the width between the two mounting points. Note that the width
is listed in a range of widths; these tops are adjustable to accommodate these
How fast can I drive my boat with the bimini
The manufacturer recommends that you not exceed 30
mph with the bimini top up.
What is the difference between the regular
bimini tops and the Ski Boat Bimini top?
The Ski Boat bimini top is just a particular size that
tends to suit most ski boat owners. It has a lower
profile and is not quite as long. If the dimensions
are appropriate to your application, you can use it
on any boat; likewise, if you would prefer a longer
or taller bimini, a ski boat is not limited to this
What are the differences of the regular bimini
tops and the Pontoon Bimini or Pontoon Buggy tops?
The Pontoon Bimini and Buggy tops are both made with
square tubing to match the square rails standard on
most pontoon boats. These tops also come with 2 front
support straps and 2 rear support braces rather than
the standard 4 support straps. The only difference
between the Pontoon Bimini and Buggy tops are the two
flaps that the Buggy tops have to conceal the rear
supports. Also note that these tops are also made by
Marine Mooring; the rest of our bimini's are the Hurricane
line made by Westland.
How do the "Free Standing" Bimini
tops support themselves?
These pontoon tops have the rear support braces, but
not the front support straps; instead of the straps,
there is a locking hinge (similar to the leg locks
on a folding table) that provides the support for the
front of the bimini.
What mounting hardware comes standard with
the bimini tops?
The bimini tops that we carry in the catalog come with
hardware to mount the tops to a horizontal surface
(i.e. a gunwhale, square handrail, or the deck). For
all biminis except the pontoon models, this hardware
is made of black nylon; the hardware for the pontoon
tops are stainless steel.
Can the bimini top fold down to either the
front or the back?
Yes. The way the frame is designed, it will lay flat
in only one direction, but by removing the two thumb
screws you can turn it around to collapse in the opposite
What is the matching boot?
All of the bimini tops that we offer, except the 2-bow
biminis, include a zippered storage boot made of
the same material and color as the top. This boot
allows you to protect your collapsed bimini and you
from your from your collapsed bimini by neatly stowing
the fabric, straps etc.
What are the differences in the material?
For the Hurricane (Westland) biminis, they are available
in Sharkskin and Sunbrella (as described under FAQ-Covers),
as well as, a 25oz. marine Vinyl. The pontoon bimini
and buggy tops are available in either 24oz. vinyl
or 6.5oz. polyester canvas.
Do the pontoon tops include the small all-around
The light is not included, but we offer two models
that will work. We have a fixed 7 1/8" height light [#31652 at $9.99] and a fold-down model that stands
12" high [#28303 at $27.99]. You would have to
wire these yourself, and if you purchase the fixed
height model, the boot does not accommodate for the