Saturday, June 19, 2010

Product Focus: Bimini Top

When referring to canvas tops, there are two basic styles. The first is typically called a “convertible top”. This attaches directly to the top of the windshield, and then stretches aft covering about half of the cockpit. More often than not, one cannot stand under this type.

The second type – and by far the most popular – is the bimini top. This style offers more protection from the sun (since it is larger than the convertible top) and is usually high enough to allow people to stand under it.

A bimini top can make a great addition to any boat. It gives you, your friends, and family a quick and easy way to get out of the hot sun, yet still enjoy being on the boat. A popular option for bimini’s are rear legs. The use of these will allow the bimini to stay in a vertical position (as pictured) when not being used, as opposed to having to lay it down into the boat where it would get in the way.

Bimini tops are available in sizes to fit just about any boat, as well as a selection of fabric materials and hardware. Installation is also very easy. A professional shop, like us, will typically charge about 1 hour of labor for this, although it can certainly be done by a DIY’er.

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