Bimini Boat Top - Measuring for the Right Fit

Bimini Boat Top - Measuring for the Right Fit

Taking three simple measurements will help you quickly and easily identify the boat top that will work best for you. The diagram below outlines what the measurements represent and notes below the diagram offer tips on measuring for best results.

Consider: The combination of length and height will determine the amount of shade your boat top will provide. If you want to shade the driver and passengers in the back, you'll probably want the longest bimini top that will fit your boat, while if you are normally fishing alone, a shorter top may provide all the shade you need while allowing you more clear area to play fish. How will you use your bimini most frequently?

Measuring for your bimini boat top

Width: This is the most critical measurement for getting the right fit on your boat. Determine the width of the top: Measure from mounting point (where top attaches) on one side of the boat to the same location on the opposite side of the boat. (Note this is not the same as the beam or width of the boat) Horizontal hinges are provided to mount on gunwale or other flat surfaces, while vertical mounts can be mounted on side walls, allowing flexibility in mounting. Carver Bimini Tops come with a universal hinge that can be mounted horizontal or vertical.
 
Our boat top frames have about 5-6" of adjustment, so just select the width band that contains your measurement.
Height: From mounting location (where the top will attach) measure straight up with a tape measure for the correct top height. Choose 36 in. 42 in., or 54 in. Make sure the height you select will give you enough head room. Your clearance will be the height from the deck to the point you mount the main hinge, plus the height of the bimini you select.
 

Popular Bimini Top Heights by Boat Style

36" Bimini Boat Top 42"-46" Bimini Boat Top 48"-54" Bimini Boat Top
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Length: Determine length of top, 4 ft., 6 ft. or 8 ft. (from front bow to rear bow).
 
6' Tops are the most popular length. These will extend 3 feet forward and 3' behind the point where the main hinge is mounted.
 
8' Tops offer a larger shade are and are popular for larger boats or instances where you want more shade. They will typically cover 4 feet forward and 4' behind the hinge mount point.
 
4' tops are suitable for smaller boats, or applications like fishing where optimal clear railing space is desired.
 
If you are measuring to match an existing bimini top, fully extend the top and measure from the front bow to the rear bow. Don't measure the cover as some will have extra flaps etc.

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