Pontoon boat Bimini tops are one of those accessories that you will need to change every few years. If you can manage to get 5 to 6 years out of yours, then you’re doing pretty good, as over time they will get mildew stains, tear, or the frames can buckle.
But, here’s the thing. Go to your local dealer to buy a pontoon boat Bimini top replacement and you are going to get a shock. It’s not unheard of for the prices to be in the four-figure range.
Don’t give them that money, it’s not worth it, unless you’re looking to buy an electric powered Bimini (and I recommend one of those lower down the page).
Given the short-life of these things I would always recommend that you look for a deal, and buy a low-cost cover with the boot, hardware, and frame. They honestly don’t take long to install, and you will make a huge saving.
So, what are the best pontoon boat Biminis?
I’ve purchased two before, any my buddy has recently purchased a double. You can see my reviews below for the ones I have used, plus a couple of recommendations from my pontooning buddies.
Handy Hint: As I have no idea on what size you want or how many bows the recommendations below are a selection of sizes. You will have to go through to the manufacturer I link to and select the right size and color for you.
Best replacement pontoon boat Bimini top (frame & canvas)
Below you can see the two canvas tops, cover, and frame kits that I have owned over the last few years. Both come recommended, but have different price points.
Summerset 4 Bow Canvas Top & Frame
MY BEST RECOMMENDATION
With marine-grade canvas, it’s not weathered yet, has no frays or tears, and is very, very strong. It took me 60 minutes to install, and I was able to hook it up to my existing brackets easily – see the latest prices on Amazon.
- Solution Dyed Fabric Provides 99.9% UV Protection.
- Waterproof / Breathable Material Prevents Fading.
- Heavy duty 1″ Super-Trude Square aluminum frames. 40 MPH Speed Rating.
- Quick and Easy Installation. Handmade / Premium Quality.
- Includes Matching Storage Boot & Rear Support Poles.
Leader Accessories Cover & Frame
MY BUDGET RECOMMENDATION
Before the Summerset Bimini top, I used a Leader Accessories Bimini top. It gave me a couple of years use before I shanked the frame when trailering my pontoon. I managed to fix the frame buckles up, but had a few minor tears so decided to do a full replacement.
But, prior to that it worked just fine for me with no complaints, so I don’t hesitate to recommend it at all. Take a look at the reviews on Amazon to see how well regarded this top, cover, and frame kit is.
- Made of marine-grade 600D polyester fabric. Double-overlapped stitching and UV resistant.
- All stainless-steel mounting hardware, color co-ordinated zippered storage boot and assemble instructions included.
- 1” diameter aluminum frame with double-walled main bow legs for maximum strength and free quick release mounts.4 adjustable nylon straps for the front and the rear.
- 12 optional fabric colors
- 7 different sizes are available
Leader Accessories 3 Bow Cover & Frame
MY 3 BOW RECOMMENDATION
The previous two reviews were of 4 bow cover tops. But, if you need 3 bows, look no further than the Leader Accessories Bimini. It’s cheap, easy to install, and comes in loads of different colors so you “should” be able to find one that suits your preference.
Plus, it has some of the best reviews on Amazon I have ever seen in this industry. Want to see for yourself? Go look for yourself and read what people are saying about it on Amazon.
The specifications are virtually the same as the 4 bow version I highlighted previously.
Best double Bimini top for pontoon boat
But what double Bimini tops? They are a great choice if you need extended coverage from the sun over your deck and console. I am considering one myself given I take the kids out so much and want to keep them protected from the UV.
I don’t own one yet but am seriously considering it. Here’s a couple of selections that my buddies own and love.
NorthStar Pontoon Boat Double Bimini Top 18′ Long Sunbrella
MY BIGGEST RECOMMENDATION
This is HUGE. It’s 18 foot in length but does come with a price to match. However, it comes with a 10 YEAR WARRANTY which is almost unheard of with Biminis. Read the full specification and color options on Amazon.
So, what makes the manufacturer so confident in this double top, cover, and frame? It’s the anodized aluminum frame, stable fittings, and 9.25oz marine grade sunbrella, coupled with the poly thread UV which offers such great protection and quality.
- 18′ long double Bimini made with sunbrella material
- 2 – independent 8′ long tops with removable zippered connector
- 1″ square satin anodized tubing with metal fittings and deck mounts
- Storage boots included
- Cut-out for Stern Light in rear Bimini