Boating is a fun and exhilarating way to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you're cruising the water or reeling in the big one, there is something everyone can enjoy while boating. However, when you are out enjoying the water, you are at the mercy of the weather. A rainstorm may appear out of nowhere or, if you are outside during the hot summer months, you may find yourself desperately wanting some relief from the sun. And if you are taking your children out on the boat with you, you must take extra steps to protect them from the sun's harmful rays. Adding a Bimini top to your boat is an affordable and relatively simple solution for these issues.
What is a Bimini top?
A Bimini top is an open canvas top for a boat supported by a metal frame. Collapsible, you can easily assemble and store them when not in use, and raise them again when needed. Bimini tops can be made out of all sorts of different materials, including vinyl and polyester. The fabric can then be coated to make it waterproof and mold and mildew resistant. Best of all, you can customize these covers to fit any style, size, or type of boat. They are also available in many different colors, even camouflage for hunters who utilize their boat while hunting.
Why should I choose a Bimini top?
Bimini tops offer protection from the elements, including the sun's harmful rays. Unfortunately, most Bimini tops don't offer much protection from the rain since they are open on the front. Here, any rain protection is offered only if your boat is not moving and there is little to no wind. If rain protection is what you're looking for, you will need to search for a larger, more encompassing cover.
What Bimini tops excel at is providing protection from the sun. When choosing the fabric for your Bimini top, opt for something with UV protection built into it. This will ensure that your skin will be safe from sunburns while you are out enjoying the water. In addition to protecting you from the sun, Bimini tops also help protect your boat, helping to keep it looking brand new.
The structure of the Bimini top also means you and your passengers will have an unobstructed view of beautiful scenery while you cruise around. And when you're ready to put your boat away for the day? These covers are easy to both put up and take down to store when not in use. The initial assembly, if you choose to do it yourself, is also a simple process.
What should I look for when buying a Bimini top?
When purchasing a Bimini top, you have to make several important decisions that can impact the longevity and effectiveness of the cover. The first is to decide between a stainless steel or an aluminum frame. If you will be boating in salt water, you will need to consider this especially carefully. Corrosion due to salt water is inevitable; it happens to every metal except for gold and platinum. So, understand that you still need to vigilantly maintain your frame, whether you choose stainless steel or aluminum. That being said, stainless steel is often better able to withstand the elements that lead to corrosion. In addition, stainless steel is much stronger and can withstand speeds up to 40 mph while cruising. Aluminum has been known to bend and break when cruising at higher speeds. If you won't be cruising at faster speeds or in salt water, aluminum can be a more affordable option.
The second decision is to carefully consider color. While this decision may seem purely cosmetic, you need to remember that light colors reflect heat while dark fabrics absorb heat. While considering fabric options, it is a good idea to add UV protection as well as anti-fungal finishes to prevent mold and mildew from growing on it.
The third is to explore the warranty options available. Keep in mind that a Bimini top that comes with a great warranty will likely cost more, but will be worth it in the long run. You want to be sure that you are buying a cover that will last, after all.
All in all, a Bimini top is a great investment in both your health and the upkeep of your boat. Once you know what to look for, choosing one of these covers is a simple process!