Add comfort to your time on the water by choosing the best bimini top for your boat. Bimini covers for boats add coverage, shade and protection from light rains to your helm while retaining air flow and visibility from the cockpit. Before you buy, make sure you measure your space and know what materials will suit your needs best. For help with selecting materials and measuring for your bimini top, see Selecting Your Bimini Boatop®. West Marine offers complete bimini kits in a variety of styles; stainless steel and aluminum frames; fabric canopy replacements and boots, or covers to secure the bimini top when not in use.
Full Bimini Kits
If your boat requires a full bimini kit, look first for a size and style (T-top or bow bimini) that fits your available space in the cockpit. You’ll want to measure the distance between your two mounting points, noting that this measurement won’t be the same as your boat width. Consider the length that will add the right amount of shade and the height that will allow for the most flexibility when it comes to sitting or standing on deck. Choose a frame type that will endure the environment where you boat most often and a color that coordinates with your boat’s style.
Aluminum and Stainless Steel Frames
Both aluminum and stainless steel frames are lightweight and resistant to corrosion caused by salt and water. Aluminum is an affordable option while stainless steel is more durable for boats used in saltwater. Many of the frames found here are knock-down style, meaning they snap together for easy installation.
Marine Grade Fabric Biminis
From marine vinyl to specially coated and treated acrylic polyester, you will find the right bimini cover or extension for your boat at West Marine. The fabric used for the bimini top should be durable and UV-, mildew- and water-resistant so it can last season after season.
If your bimini kit does not include a boot—a cover to secure the bimini and protect it when it is not in use—you will want to purchase one separately. These are available in colors to match the bimini tops and have a zippered closure for easy use.