HOW TO MEASURE YOUR BOAT FOR A BIMINI TOP
All that is necessary to determine which size top to order is choosing the length, height and width that best accommodate your boat and your requirements. The height and length determines how much shade your Bimini top will provide. Consider the coverage area when the top is deployed or opened and also where it falls when it’s closed and folded down at the rear of the boat. Ensure there is enough space in front of and behind the deployed top to mount eye straps to secure the hold-down straps.
Use a tape measure to decide which length top provides the desired amount of shade coverage to your boat.
The pivotal mounting point will be approximately at the centre point of the top on each side of the boat. Swivel deck mounts included with the top are designed to mount on a variety of flat surfaces. Optional mounts are available for rail mountings.
After determining where the pivotal mount location will be on each side of the boat, measure the distance between these mounting points to determine the width of top you need. This measurement is not the same as the beam width of your boat. The frame has some flex so it can be mounted over the width range indicated in the selection chart. Chose the width that most closely matches your mounting point width measurement.
While standing inside the boat, measure from the pivotal mounting point straight up to determined the desired height. The measurement should be the minimum headroom clearance desired. Note that the height of the top is not the distance from the boat floor or the length of the frame arms. Straps allow for 2″ – 3″ height adjustment.