Three Reasons To Add A Bimini Top To Your Boat

Stay cool with instant shade on the water

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s not a lot of shade in boating…especially if you’re one of the many boaters than enjoy the open feel of the typical runabout, deck boat, or ski/wake boat. Adding a Bimini top is an easy, inexpensive way to provide that shade when you want it…and tuck out of the way when you don’t.

Comfort Is Key

MSC 3 Bow Bimini Top Boat Cover
Better Bimini tops feature quality marine-grade fabrics with UV inhibitors and anti-microbial fabric treatments, and aluminum or stainless steel frames with stainless steel hardware.Courtesy Amazon

Open cockpits are great but they offer no escape from the sun’s rays. A Bimini top can be raised and secured in just seconds, instantly making captain and passengers cooler and more comfortable and, as a result, likely to enjoy longer hours on the water. And isn’t that what boating is all about?

Skin Cancer Is No Joke

Naviskin Bimini Top
Like you, Bimini tops also deserve protection, especially when lowered and not in use. Look for a matching storage boot to cover and protect the top during storage and trailering.Courtesy Amazon

With no overhead cover, many boaters face an endless UV assault the entire time they’re on the water, leading to more than a few sunburns or, worse, even skin cancer. Along with diligent use of sunscreen and protective clothing, a Bimini top adds another layer of protection to keep those harsh UV rays at bay.

To Adequately Cover The Cockpit

XGEAR 3-4 Bow Bimini Top Boat Cover
Expert tip? Twist the nylon web straps that anchor your Bimini before securing. It will keep them from vibrating and making noise underway.Courtesy Amazon

Your boat may have come with a Bimini but that doesn’t mean it’s the best one for the job. A manufacturer or previous owner may have installed an undersized top that both leaves passengers exposed…and just looks out of proportion. A Bimini top should cover all the seating area you want to keep in the shade, keeping in mind the sun’s angle will shift throughout the day. Likewise, consider the Bimini top’s height. Occupants should be able to freely move around under the top without ducking.