VORTEX 4 BOW PONTOON/DECK BOAT BIMINI TOP 6' long 79-84"wide
Vortex Bimini Tops are made with the best marine fabric available. The fabric is marine polyester that is treated and sealed in multiple ways. Specifically, it is double polyurethane coated on the bottom, or down side, as well as UV protected and mildew protected. Polyester and acrylic are very similar for bimini tops. Polyester has a very rich color and holds up to UV exposure very well. It also is very strong, resists stretching, retains it shape well. It has a very 'high end' look and feel, in addition to being quite heavy duty. Relative to acrylic, it is more water repellant and abrasion resistant. For bimini tops, polyester was cited as the 'best value' by the Boat Owners Association of the United States. Given all of this, we chose to have our tops and covers made from polyester. It is not just standard polyester, however, as it is marine polyester material that is double polyurethane coated, UV protected, and mildew protected, for extra durability and water proofing. The material is designed such that although it is extremely waterproof, water vapor can permeate it. This is not an issue normally for bimini tops, but for storage/mooring covers, it is very important. If polyester is the best material for covers, it is the best for a bimini top. In effect, it keeps water out, but lets water vapor escape, thus greatly decreasing the chances of mildew, mold, etc. The fabric is 600d, 600 denier, or 7.8 oz. weight , making it a very heavy duty material. We use the same material for our boat covers as well, as it is simply the best value. To be fair about it, it is simply the best, even if you take the 'value' out of it. The point is that given all available materials for bimini tops and covers, this is the best choice, even if price were not a concern.
Vortex Bimini Tops are simply the best option out there due to the quality, warranty, and incredible value.
As far as the support system/framework, it is made with 1" round tube anodized aluminum. Anodizing is just a process that increases corrosion resistance and wear resistance of a metal. Aluminum is the best metal for the framework of a bimini top. Then, it is treated to make it even better. The fittings and hardware are all heavy duty nylon and stainless steel(mounting screws hooks, and eye straps).
Please notice 2 extra things we add in as part of the deal. 1. One is an option on mounting. Many bimini tops come with 4 straps (2 for the front, and 2 for the rear).Ours come with that same thing, but we also give you support poles for the rear. This is normally a $40-$50 add on. The support poles add structural integrity to the top when it is up, given the inherent stronger nature of a metal pole vs a strap. This will also let you position the top in the 'radar' position, for easy deployment to full canopy. Or, if you prefer, use straps on front and back. That has it advantages also. We give you straps and poles for the rear, so you can use either as you need to. 2. The other option we throw in is the storage boot. This is normally a $20-$40 add on, but we include it as part of the deal. It is great for storage and keeps the top safe from the elements, as well as neat and organized. It is just a simple tube that zips around the top when you are not using it. Please see pictures.
We strive to make size selection very easy. Please read the following.
All of our bimini tops are 54" tall, which is standard for pontoon or deck type boats. This height generally gives ample headroom, but does not get tall enough that it is flimsy.
To determine which one of our tops you would like to order, first figure out how long of a top you need. This would be roughly the length of the area of shade you want to provide. Our tops come in convenient lengths of 6',8', 10', and 12'.
Then, determine the width of the top that you need. Measure from center to center across the rails where you want the bimini to mount. Vortex Bimini Tops normally mount directly to the top of the rails (pontoon boat) , although they will mount to just about any surface, as they also come with side mounts. We carry 3 main widths of tops. We carry widths of 79-84", 85-90", and 91-96". We generally recommend not to keep the Vortex bimini top 'up/extended' position, when not in use. Vortex Bimini tops are extremely waterproof, so leaving them extended gives them the opportunity to collect water, and possible damage the railing due to excess weight. We recommend, when not in use, to store the bimini covered either in the 'radar' position, or collapsed position. This ensures no water collection, and greatly reduces the chances of damage. Damage resulting from excess water collection would not be a warranty issue.
Instructions are included with the Vortex Bimini Top....1 page, front and back, with pictures...very easy..... Installation is very easy for anyone with even moderate handyman type skills. It is a very easy 2 person job, with very very basic hand tools. A cordless drill, tape measure, screwdriver, pencil, etc. It is a 1 to 2 hour job...maybe a little less with a helper.
5 year warranty on defects in materials, both for frame and for fabric.