WHY USE A BIMINI TOP?
Bimini tops are an add-on item available to many models of boat to create shade while enjoying hot weather on the water. They make your boat a more comfortable environment by protecting you from dangerous UV rays, light rain showers, and adding privacy. Sun damage can occur to skin with as little as 15 minutes of exposure according to the CDC, and sun rays are intensified by reflections from bodies of water. Using a bimini top gives people a place to get away from direct sunlight and stay cool.
EliteShield™ bimini tops are available in four styles, nine colors, and a range of sizes to fit any style or boat. Made from super heavy duty 600D marine grade canvas, these bimini tops have been loved by boating enthusiasts for years and have been a staple of many seasons on the water. EliteShield™ also offers accessories and hardware to enhance your bimini top experience including spare hardware and fishing rod holders.
FINDING THE RIGHT
Finding the right Bimini Top for your boat is easy when you buy from EliteShield. Two main factors go into choosing the right one: width and amount of bows. Simply measure your boat from side to side and choose the corresponding width bimini top. The larger the top you’re looking for, the more bows you will need for support. EliteShield makes it easy to find which cover is right for you with our product highlights and features.
Our Exclusive Fabrics
SolaquaShield™ is our exclusive material for bimini tops. Constructed of 600D solution dyed polyester marine-grade canvas, it is fade resistant, treated to protect from UV rays, and is waterproof.
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Installation Tips For Your Bimini Top
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THEIR ENTIRETY BEFORE STARTING
EliteShield™ Bimini Tops come with an included assembly and installation manual. Getting the Bimini Top onto your boat is a two step process.
You will need a screwdriver and a drill for this process. Remove all components from packaging, and check everything is there. If not, contact customer service immediately.
Begin assembly by laying the canvas canopy flat with zipper side (interior) up, and unzip all zippers. Connect arm poles to their corresponding straight poles. Make sure the pin sets are aligned to connect the two poles. Lay the frame atop the canvas, making sure to align each bow with its zipper pocket. Zip them up and move on to installation.
The best position to install the Bimini Top is different for every boat. Take some time to decide where your ideal spot is. Once that decision has been reached, mark the position where the deck or side mounts will be placed on the boat itself. Use a 3.2mm drill bit to make the holes for mount attachments. If drilling into fiberglass, countersink holes to prevent chipping. Use a small amount of marine caulking (we recommend 5200) in each hole drilled. For an alloy, use a barrier paste such as Duralac (not included) to prevent corrosion. Attach the Bimini top to the first set of fittings using the included self threading screws. Fold out the rear arms and mark their location on the gunwale. Repeat the drilling and screwing process as previously described. Clip the ends of the front straps into the stainless steel saddle hardware. Pull tight and mark the position of the holes in the saddles, and repeat the drilling and screwing process. Shorten straps to ensure proper tension is achieved to hold the Bimini Top in desired position. Double check all other screws and nuts are tight.
TIPS FOR USE
Always use a boot to protect your Bimini Top when not in use. Do not use your Bimini Top at vessel speeds of more than 45 miles per hour. Do not lay the Bimini Top directly on boat seats or other leather surfaces, especially while wet. Keep in mind that fading due to sun exposure is a natural result of outdoor exposure, although our solution dyed polyester is engineered to resist fading as long as possible.
WHY BUY FROM ELITESHIELD COVERS?
EliteShield has been an innovative leader in the automotive and marine covers industry for over 20 years, pioneering products like the semi-custom fit covers, stylish dual-tone options, and popularizing the use of high-tech fabrics and finishes to resist UV damage and mildew. By picking EliteShield covers, you are choosing 20+ years of expertise to protect your investments from wear, tear, and the elements.
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