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How To Measure Your Boat For A Shademate Bimini Top

All that’s necessary to determine which size top to order is choosing the dimensions that best accommodate your boat and your requirements. 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 or braces.

Measuring For A Standard Bimini Top shop now  >

Using a tape measure, decide which length top provides the desired amount of shade coverage to your boat. To find the width, determine the pivotal mounting point located on each side of the boat. The pivotal mounting point will be approximately at the center point of the top on each side of the boat. 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. To determine the desired height, measure straight up from the pivotal mounting point while standing inside the boat. This measurement should be the minimum headroom clearance desired. Note that the height of the top is not the distance from the boat floor or the length of the frame arms.
Measure for a Standard Bimini Top


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Using a tape measure, decide which length top provides the desired amount of shade coverage to your boat. To find the width, determine the pivotal mounting point located on each side of the boat. The pivotal mounting point will be approximately at the center point of the top on each side of the boat. 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. Finally, measure the diameter of the railing on your pontoon boat to determine whether you need a 1″ or 1.25″ frame to match your railing.
Pontoon Bimini Top Measuring


Frequently Asked Questions About Shademate Bimini Tops
What if my boat manufacturer or model isn’t listed in the menu above?
If your boat’s manufacturer is not included in our drop down list, you can still search by bimini type. We offer universal bimini tops to fit a wide selection of boats.

If you have any questions about your bimini type or using our bimini top tool, please give us a call at 1-800-334-6541, and one of our friendly customer service specialists will be happy to assist you.
What is the difference between a standard bimini top, a pontoon bimini top, and a tower bimini top?
Shademate Standard Bimini Tops are made with 7/8″ dia. round tubing, while Pontoon Bimini Tops are made with square tubing to match the square rails that come on most pontoon boats. Tower Bimini Tops are designed for mounting directly to your wakeboard tower.
What mounting hardware comes with the bimini top?
Our Standard Bimini Tops come with 4 support straps and eyelets for attaching the straps to the boat. They also include mounting screws and nylon deck mounts that swivel so they can be mounted on horizontal or angled surfaces. Our Pontoon Bimini Tops come with all the stainless steel hardware and aluminum brackets needed to mount the bimini top to your pontoon boat.
What is a matching storage boot?
All of the bimini tops we offer, except the 2-bow tops, come with a zippered storage boot that’s made of the same material in the same color as the top. This boot protects your collapsed bimini top by keeping the fabric top and straps neatly stored out of the way. This storage boot should also be used when trailering your boat to protect the bimini top from wind damage.
Can I purchase replacement parts for my Shademate Bimini Top?
Yes. You can purchase replacement fabric, frames, and hardware for your Shademate Bimini Top. Our replacement fabric is designed to easily zip onto your Shademate frame.
Can I get a sample of the bimini top fabric?
Yes, we have free fabric samples available. For Shademate Standard Bimini Top fabric, order item #762964. For Shademate Pontoon Bimini Top Sunbrella fabric, order item #33999. For Shademate Pontoon Bimini Top SurLast Polyester fabric, order item #76859.