Your Bimini Top Parts, So Many Choices! Do you know which ones to choose?

Things you will learn about bimini top parts on this webpage!


  • Names along with photos
  • What job do these parts perform
  • When or why to use a particular part
  • Tips for using or installing the various parts

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Bimini top parts come in both metal and plastic. The metal can be stainless steel or other types of metal, such as chrome-plated zinc.
Stainless Steel is better than all other types of metal for bimini top hardware.

Finally you should know that unless otherwise noted, jaw slides and eye ends come in 7/8” and 1” and sometimes 1¼ ".

That being said let's get right to our discussion.

Bimini top mounting Hardware

The following photos show a variety of bimini top mounting hardware. These fittings will work in a variety of situations, flat surfaces, rails and side mounts.

Standard Flat Surface Deck Hinges

Straight Deck Hinge w/ Screw

Straight Deck Hinge w/ Pin

Angle Deck Hinge

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Swivel Hinges for versatile mounting solutions

90° Universal Deck Hinge

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Heavy Duty 90° Adjustable Deck Hinge

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Mounting Plates for Vertical Surfaces

Side Deck Plate (4 hole)

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Side Deck Plate (2 hole)

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Hinges to Mount Bimini Tops to Boat Rails

Concave Hinge

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Hinged Jaw Slide

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Mounting Tips for hinges:

Use at least # 10 stainless steel screws for mounting. They should be over 1" in length. Bimini top parts take a lot of strain.

Always caulk your screws before installing mounting hardware.

Always countersink the fiberglass before installing a screw.

That means the hole you have drilled needs the fiberglass reamed out around the opening to keep the screw from cracking the fiberglass as it enters the boat. Drilling into a stainless steel railing requires a sharp new, cobalt, or titanium drill bit. It helps to have a center punch to indent the stainless steel where you want to begin drilling. Stainless steel requires thread tapping for a SS bolt, since screws won't thread into stainless steel.



Quick release mounting hinges

Quick Release Bimini Deck Hinge

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Round Head Quick Release Bimini Deck Hinge

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Why would you want to use quick release hinges?

Because they are low profile and allow for quick removal of your bimini top from the boat. Sport fishermen, water skiers, etc.

love these quick release hinges, but they are pricey.

This next photo shows a few problem solving mounting accessories you may need as companions to your bimini top parts mounting hardware.

Knurl Screw

Quick Release Pin with Pin and Cable

Quick Release Pin with DCAM-S Ring

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Shims/Wedges correct the angle at which hinges sit on your boat, when installed.


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(Side View)

Knurl screws are nice for easy removal without a screw driver.

Quick Release pins can replace screws in bimini top fittings. This aids in quick bimini top frame removal. However this would require enlarging the existing holes with a drill and the correct size drill bit.

Use wedges for angle correction - Deck hinges installed on boats that don't have the correct angle may not be compatible with the angle of the bimini top let you are installing

Wedges can act as a shim to correct the problem. Just remove your deck hinge from the boat, re-caulk, and add the appropriate wedge or shim between the deck hinge and the boat. You can even add more than one, for a more severe angle correction.


Swivel Ball and Socket Fittings

           Ball and Socket Fittings                

Pull Pin w/ Lanyard for Swivel Ball Deck Hinge

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Large Base Swivel Ball Top Deck Hinge

Swivel Ball Concave Deck Hinge

Swivel Ball Top Deck Hinge

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Ball Eye End

90° Ball Eye End

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Socket Jaw Slide

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We're showing this group of bimini top parts together. These fittings are not interchangeable with any other type of fitting. They stand alone as specialty bimini top parts hardware.

You may want these swivel fittings for two reasons:

They are heavy duty, expensive looking fittings and they look great on boats.

Second and more important they serve a very special purpose, they allow an irregular frame to bend, lay, and store smoothly. An example might be a bimini that is wider in the front than in the aft.

With the swiveling ball and socket you can move your bimini in ways that other fittings won't allow.


Set Screw for

Bimini Top Fittings

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Jaw Slide and eye ends are bimini top parts that work to join a bimini top frame together


Jaw Slides

Standard Jaw Slide

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Nylon Jaw Slide

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Hinged Jaw Slide

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Side Mount Jaw Slide

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Most boats have the standard jaw slide, nothing to unusual about that, but look at the other two.

Hinged jaw slides are often used to mount a bimini top or the bimini support arms to the boat railing. They are very handy hinges and can be used anytime you need a hinge that needs to open and go around the tubing.

Use side mount jaw slides to reconfigure a bimini held open with bimini straps to a self supported bimini by adding a support arm on each side of the frame that pushes the bimini top open with pressure.


Set Screw for

Bimini Top Fittings 

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Look no straps!
Self Supporting Bimini Top Parts

Eye Ends

Inside Eye End

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Outside Eye End

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Nylon Inside Eye Ends

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Nylon Outside Eye Ends

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Adjustable Eye End

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*A note on inside eye ends 

The sizes shown below are for the outside diameter.  So a 3/4" inside eye fits inside a 3/4" outside diameter tube.  

Tips for troublesome eye ends

Broken inside eye ends are difficult to get out.Solution - Cut them off and cap the end with an outside eye end. Be careful to cut right where the metal tubing begins so you don't shorten the bimini top legs.

Set screwwon't hold the leg of the bimini.Solution – Use outside eye ends with 2 set screws.I especially love this eye end. The double set screw gives extra holding power and since the eye end is the chief component responsible for this action, extra holding power is vital.

You can't pull the sag out or your bimini top Solution – Retrofit your bimini top support arms with adjustable eye ends pictured above and you can hand twist the pole to tighten and loosen your bimini top.

Allen wrench stripped and spinning in the set screw
Solution – Here is a trick we use that works like a charm most of the time.

  • Take your allen wrench and grind the tip down on a grinder until you get past the rounded out end. This will create a bur at the end of the allen wrench.
  • Take your allen wrench back to the boat and use a mallet to tap the burred end of the allen wrench into the set screw.
  • Slowly back out the set screw. The bur fills the space and creates a new gripping surface.
  • If that fails drill out the damaged set screw and replace the bimini top fitting with a new one.

Here is few other bimini top parts I thought were worth mentioning.

Snap Button

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Locking Rail Hinge

Nylon Boat Top Spacer for Clear Vinyl Side Curtains

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Snap Button - You may have bimini top support arms on your boat that adjust in length by pressing in a button , sliding and allowing the button to pop out of the next hole. The snap button pictured above is the mechanism that allows this to happen. It often get's lost, so I thought I would give you the photo and the name for replacement purposes.

Locking rail hinge – This piece of bimini top hardware is used to collapse the support arm brace of dodgers or bimini tops quickly in order to move the self-supported frame out of the way. Gemlock® is another type of the same style hinge.

Side curtain spacer – Used to keep clear vinyl boat enclosure panels off of the metal bimini top frame so they don't burn or get scratched by the metal frame.


Bimini Support Pole Clips

These clips are used to attach a bimini support pole to the bimini top frame or other tubing on the boat. 

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Bimini Top Parts used in making bimini top straps

Eye Strap

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Single Bar Adjuster Buckle

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Dee Ring

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Wire Snap Hook

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Heavy Duty Snap Hook

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Plastic doesn't make sense for these bimini top parts although many bimni top straps purchased online come that way. Avoid plastic if possible. Buy heavy duty parts since bimini top parts are under so much stress. That includes choosing the heavy duty snap hooks instead of wire snap hooks when possible. See our web page bimini top accessories for a more detailed discussion of bimini top straps.

Bimini top support poles are also covered in detail on our bimini top accessories page.

We hope this gives you a good overview of bimini top parts and a few tips you can use. Feel free to contact us with questions.


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Do have this brackket 
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