Boating on the open water is a lot of fun until you have been sweltering in the hot sun for several hours or are stuck in a sudden unrelenting rain shower. Bimini tops in California are the perfect answer to these and other situations involving your boat. For a top that sets up quickly or stows conveniently, has an enclosure or is durable and easy to maintain, here are some considerations to look for when you choose a new Bimini.
- An OEM or original equipment manufactured top is precisely designed for specific boat models. Aftermarket tops are also available in differently-sized rectangles with your choice of height to fit your year boat model.
- Custom tops made of canvas can be laminated or coated. This creates a top that is highly durable, easy to clean and will last a long time.
- For saltwater use, stainless-steel tubing over aluminum is a wise choice. It also adds firmness for tops that are over 7 feet. Quick-release deck fittings that snap rather than utilizing pull pins are better for operation.
- Fabric selection is imperative. Solution-dyed acrylic fabric like Sunbrella repels water quite well and is nicely fade resistant. Higher weight fabric lasts longer and repels water more easily than lighter weights. Pigment-dyed fabric does not last as long as solution-dyed. Ensure that the thread is also UV-resistant and has superior tensile strength.