Buying a Bimini Top Boot?

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Highlights

  • Storage talk
  • Measuring for a bimini top boot before you buy
  • Boot fabrics
  • Zipper choices and repair
  • Buy a custom bimini top boot

Storage

Add a bimini top boot 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 bimini top boot, 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

  • Measure the width of the widest leg (A = ?). Do this several inches below the radius of the frame where the frame straightens and becomes the legs. Be sure to add 3” on either end to accommodate the fullness of the frames that are stacked upon each other.
  • Next, measure the entire circumference of the frames (B = ?) that are stacked on top of each other. This includes measurements of the fabric itself. You should not have to struggle to zip up so allow a little extra.
  • Another tip that will help is to know the circumference of the collapsed legs (C=?) sticking out of the bimini top boot. Some of the boots on the market are too narrow here. Boaters have difficulty getting the boot zipped. If you are having one custom made, you can request that it narrows to your specifications around the legs which may help keep wasps out.

Bimini Boot

Fabric

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.

Zipper size

Try to find a #10 YKK®, #10 Lenzip®, or a #8 RiRi® 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.

FYI

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.


We Are Proud to Offer
Custom Made Bimini Boots

What makes our bimini top boots special?

  • Choose any color of sunbrella.
  • Custom measured by you, so your boot will have an accurate fit.
  • #10 Marine zipper - as good as you can get in the industry -comparable to any custom canvas shop.
  • Available with custom embroidery - put your boat name on your bimini boot.
  • Our bimini boots are true custom canvas products.

    Here is how to order!

    Measure your boot according to the instructions at the beginning of the page.

    Choose your fabric color from the link below.

    Marine Fabric color chart made available by Sunbrella® owned by Glen Raven Mills

    Fill in the form. It's that easy.


    Prices are as follows

    Bimini boots 54" - 72" = 115.00 No light cutout

    Sunbrella Color #:

    Measurement A & B:

    Measurement C & D:

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    Bimini Boot 73" - 90" = 135.00 No light cut out

    Sunbrella Color #:

    Measurments A & B:

    Measurments C & D:

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    Bimini Boot 91" - 102" = 150.00 No light cutout

    Sunbrella Color #:

    Measurement A & B:

    Measurement C & D:

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    8' Pontoon Bimini Boot with Light Cutout

    Sunbrella Color #:

    Measurement A & B:

    Measurement C & D:

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    8'6" Pontoon Bimini Boot with Light Cutout

    Sunbrella Color #:

    Measurement A & B:

    Measurement C & D:

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    Be sure to check out these EZ-Xtend Boat cover repair products:

    EZ-Xtend Boat Zippers
    EZ-Align Boat Zipper
    EZ-Xtend Boat Track
    EZ-Xtend Drip Shields

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Testimonials

Fantastic Results

"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."
Steve Donovan
Georgia

The Bottom Line

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.
M. Marien
Missouri

Such a Great Idea

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.
J. Reed
British Columbia

Easy to Install

The Ez-xtend zippers were very easy to install---especially with a little lubricant ( which I always apply periodically to zippers)
E.Chesnavich
New Jersey

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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."

Steve Hammond
Owner, Boatbutler Marine Services, Inc.
Alpharetta, Georgia


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Winchester, TN


Thanks for the education

Thanks so much for the education I received from your site! I have been in to two local shops for estimates on a new canvas enclosure for my little boat. Both commented that they were happy to have a customer who knew what he wanted and was familiar with the material and options available. I learned it all from you!!
Alan S.
Arlington, WA


Zippers solved a major canvas issue!

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.
Phil


Excellent customer service!

We finally got the chance to install of the ez-xtend zippers on our enclosure. (in between numerous Florida rain showers). and it turned out great! Everything finally fits together and it keeps the rain and the bugs out. Yay!
I will be sharing your zipper solution with other boating friends and will be sure to mention the excellent customer service too.
Toni


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Lake City, MN


Boot looks and fits great!

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Brian