The 9 Best Bimini Tops
This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in February of 2019. With a bimini top attached to your boat, you and your guests will get plenty of protection from UV rays, and a measure of shielding from wind and rain. We've curated covers in a range of sizes and colors, and most of these options even come with zippered covers that make it possible to fold the fabric out of the way when the weather permits, and shield the canvas from the elements after use. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
March 19, 2021:
All the bimini tops in our ranking are constructed using marine-grade materials that repel water and sunlight for years without becoming weakened by the harsh elements and prolonged exposure to ultravoilet light. Features to look for when choosing a cover for your boat should include resistance to shrinking and stretching, mold and mildew resistance, thick aluminum frames, and resilient canvas, that is less likely to tear or tarnish.
Another factor that deserves consideration is the method in which the canopy is secured. Some, including the newly-added Oceansouth 8-Foot, King Bird 3 Bow, and XGear 3-4 Bow have supporting struts at the rear that makes for a far more solid structure, which is then tensioned with the nylon strap towards the front of the boat (in this instance, "bow" refers to the number of contacts the bimini has with the deck of the boat).
If you spend long hours at sea, even in relatively low UV-index conditions, you are very exposed to wind, rain, and sunlight, and a bimini top provides an essential cover that can be set up and packed down in minutes. Most store away into a "boot", which is a canvas bag that usually matches the color of the canopy. TheOceansouth 8-Foot is notable for having an integrated boot that zips around the frame when not in use, for added convenience.
February 26, 2019:
Most of the tops we've included are available in multiple sizes to provide adequate options for different models of watercraft. For instance, the NorthStar Pontoon was selected because of its elongated length, which makes it a fitting choice for boats with lots of level deck area. For storage during the off-season months, each one of these covers comes with a boot. The King Bird Canopy's boot is attached to the cover itself, so losing it will never be an issue.
Paul's Custom Canvas Bimini Tops Fit your bimini to suit your exact specifications with a solution from Paul's Custom Canvas. This Denver, CO-based company will not only find the perfect color to match your boat's paintwork, but also fabricates products that fit around windshields and other parts of the craft's structure, with upholstery to match, if desired. paulscanvas.com