Add a proper bimini storage cover to your list of very important accessories. Their purpose is to protect the bimini when it is not being used and extend its life.
It is very wise to store the top when you are not using it. Your fabric takes a severe beating from the sun, wind, and rain when left out and exposed to the elements day after day. To date, there are no lifetime fabrics on the markets, and most shops use thread that will eventually have to be replaced. With this in mind, I suggest you store it covered if possible.
You should never tow your boat with the top up unless you want it to get torn up and possibly damage your boat or cars behind you. It is 100 % necessary to store your bimini while towing.
If you're Bimini didn't come with a storage cover, then you will most likely be looking for a boot on the web. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when shopping.
Measuring a bimini boot
Choose long life fabrics such as Sunbrella® or similar fabrics with a 5 year minimum warranty for your bimini cover. If the warranty isn't listed, Google the name of the fabric along with the fabric's warranty, and you should get the information back on how long the manufacturer warranties the fabric. Pick the fabric that lasts the longest. That way, you will get the biggest bang for the buck.
Try to find a #10 YKK® or a #10 Lenzip® zipper in your new boot. If you can't find a #10, then a # 8 Ykk or Lenzip would be the next best choice. Do not get anything smaller.
What size zipper do you have on your bimini top boot?
See EZ-Xtend Boat Zippers for instructions that will help you figure out the size.
You can always order a boot at a custom shop. Make sure to ask for Sunbrella and a number 10 zipper. You can even get lifetime thread in some shops(not all custom shops offer lifetime thread due to the cost).
Scroll up the page to learn how to measure for a boot.
When your boot zipper begins to give you a trouble and isn't convenient to have it replaced at that moment for whatever reason, then consider using an EZ-Xtend Boat Zippers. Use it as a solution for getting that old, troublesome zipper back together again. It might save the moment and secure your boot until you make preparations for zipper replacement. Consider keeping a couple EZ-Xtend Boat Zippers aboard as essential boating gear. Having one available may save the day in an emergency zipper situation.
Even #10 marine zippers have a limited lifespan and will someday need to be replaced (Sad but true).
The lifespan of the zipper will vary depending on your climate and the manufacturer. Lenzip Marine zippers do offer a lifetime warranty, and they are the only zipper manufacturer to make that claim. Finally, you will most likely be happier with the fit of a bimini boot made at a custom canvas shop. Then you can request the best materials available.
Using your bimini top boot regularly will save you money in the long run. Be diligent about using it whenever possible.
The photos below are boots our customers have measured themselves and ordered. Thanks for the photos guys!
You will love our custom boots!
What makes our bimini top boots special?
Measure your boot according to the instructions at the beginning of the page.
Visit our store, fill in the dimensions, pick your color and order your boot.
It's that easy.
Success ! Photos of Bimini boots our customers have measured themselves and order and what they have to say
I hope the boat looks good to you, because it does to me. It is also much more compact than the original Yamaha boot, which was big and bulky on and off.
I got the boot and put it on. The fit is perfect and your workmanship is excellent. I am very happy with it and so glad I ordered from you. Thanks again,
Happy Email from one of our customers.
I just wanted to send a thank you for the bimini boot. It's perfect. It is very well made. Again, thank you.
Be Sure to Check Out EZ-Xtend Boat Zippers!
"I wanted to thank you for the fantastic results I have with the EZ-Xtend zipper solution you provided for my Sea Ray.
The isinglass had shrunk to the point that installing it was an all-morning job, with some snaps totally unusable due to the material shrinkage. I really was preparing to purchase a complete new canvas set, but hated to spend the money-especially since the canvas is still in excellent shape.
The EZ-Xtend zippers have made the canvas/isinglass installation and removal about a 10 minute job! (and looks great too!) Thanks again for the quick solution and the reasonable cost, I really do appreciate it.
The extend zippers have been a resounding success. Zippers were needed for the starboard stern section of my bimini top, and for both side curtains of my camper canvas. It is a clever design you came up with to increase the width of connectivity between my bimini top and camper canvas sections. I do not know what I would have done otherwise as the camper canvas sections have shown shrinkage over time.
I got a chance to install these yesterday and just thought I'd get back to you to let you know that they worked perfectly for me. I couldn't be happier with that simple to install solution to my problem now allowing me to properly and fully enclose my cockpit again. Such a great idea.
The Ez-xtend zippers were very easy to install---especially with a little lubricant ( which I always apply periodically to zippers)
"True skill and craftsmanship are rare traits in today's society. When they're held by a person that truly cares about her customers, brings honesty, creativity and passion to her work, you have just described Tammy Hampton. Better known as "The Cover Girl," Tammy has been both a friend, mentor and business partner for nearly twenty years.
I found Tammy by her name tag.... sewn to a sailboat cover, in a nearby marina. The boat cover was fitted with such precision, it clearly stood out from the others. In the years since, Tammy has 'dressed out' at least twenty boats for me. She has yet to meet a challenge for which she could not find a creative and effective solution.
Tammy has become a valuable resource to my Boatbutler business, and she has actually created sort of a "cult" following among my customers. Once they see the quality of her work, the choice is an easy one.
I am still grateful for that little tag on that sailboat cover I found nearly twenty years ago."
Owner, Boatbutler Marine Services, Inc.
WOW! I just got the EZ-Xtend Boat Zippers for my canvas and what a simple solution! Thank you for coming up with this. I am telling my friends about this product.
We just installed the zipper we received on our sea ray boat canvas- what an incredibly easy experience! It makes snapping the canvas so much easier with the zipper extension. Thanks for the crimper & tape - you made everything easy. We just ordered 5 more longer ones to completely update our canvas. Thank you so much for your quick response on our first order.
I love your website and wish we lived closer, so that I
could stop by your shop - sounds like a wonderful place!
Our boat was 10 years old when we purchased it and the canvas was stored all rolled up in the boat. When we tried to put the canvas together the force required to zipper the canvas together was making the canvas split on the seams or causing the zippers to tear, so we had to leave parts of the canvas unattached and every time it rained we would get water in the boat. With your zippers in place we could button up all of the canvas and make a very nice weather tight space which made our boating season very enjoyable.
EZ-Xtend Zipper Saved the Day
I purchased a used 27' Sundancer about a year ago.
I came with the Bimini, side curtains & windshield eisenglass panels along with a bimini to transom cover with eisenglass also.
I don't think the original owner ever put anything up except the bimini.
Nothing would fit, ever where it was short.
If I cheated and put the windshield panels in the side curtains were never even close. If I did it the other way, sides first front panels were off. The canvas is hi quality material from a well known manufacturer.
Started researching about what to do. Then I came across a blog on the Searay owners site. One of the chats was about what I had going on. One owner who replied had purchased your zippers and was raving about solving his problem using them.
Well I'm here to "RAVE" about them also. My $300.00 investment with you has saved me thousands in replacing what is perfectly good canvas.
Boaters if you have a shrinkage problem and we're not talking the George Costanza kind this is your answer.
Your site has also grown to include more helpful information on boat care and maintenance. Great information and wonderful tips.
Thanks again Ron W.