All that’s necessary to determine which size top to order is choosing the length, width, and frame size that
best accommodates your boat and your requirements. Consider the coverage area when the top is deployed or opened and also where it falls when
it’s closed and folded down at the rear of the boat. Ensure that there is enough space in front of and behind the deployed top to mount eye
straps to secure the hold-down straps or braces.
Using a tape measure, decide which length top provides the desired amount of shade coverage to your boat. Shademate Pontoon Bimini Tops come
in 8′, 10′, and 17.5′ lengths.
The pivotal mounting point will be approximately at the center point of the top on each side of the boat. After determining where the pivotal mount
location will be on each side of the boat, measure the distance between these mounting points to determine the width of top you need. You should
measure on center from rail to rail. This measurement is not the same as the beam width of your boat. The frame has some flex so it can be mounted
over the width range indicated in the selection chart. Shademate Pontoon Bimini Tops come in widths to fit boats 7.5′ - 8′' and
8′ - 8.5′ wide. Choose the width that most closely matches your mounting point width measurement.
Shademate Pontoon Bimini Tops come in your choice of 1′ or 1.25″ frames. Measure the railing on your pontoon boat and select a frame
size that matches your existing railing.
After selecting your pontoon bimini top length, width, and frame size, you will have various style options to choose.
Shademate Pontoon Bimini Tops are available in your choice of white vinyl, SurLast Polyester, or Sunbrella Acrylic fabric.
White Vinyl - Denim-backed white vinyl is treated to be mildew and UV-resistant. This waterproof vinyl
is tough, durable, and easy to keep clean. Comes with a 3-year warranty.
SurLast Polyester - Designed for ease of use and flexibility, SurLast 100% polyester fabric has a urethane coating that adds to its
stability by making it highly water resistant as well as shrink and stretch resistant. This durable mildew and UV-resistant fabric provides excellent
strength against tears and abrasions. Comes with a 4-year warranty.
Sunbrella Acrylic - Long lasting 100% acrylic Sunbrella is a premium 9.25 oz. per sq. yd. material that’s solution dyed for
excellent fade and weather resistance. Strong, water-repellent, and mildew-resistant, Sunbrella is world renowned for prolonged protection against sun
rot due to ultraviolet rays. Comes with a 6-year warranty.
Shademate Pontoon Bimini Tops are available in Traditional and Buggy Style. Buggy Style Tops have a flap on each side to conceal the rear supports and
to provide additional shade.
Frames and mounting brackets are constructed of anodized aluminum and come with stainless steel hardware. Shademate Pontoon Bimini Tops are available
in Standard and Free-Standing Frames. Standard Frames have rear struts and either front straps or struts depending on the size of the bimini top.
Free-Standing Frames have the same rear support braces, but not the front support straps or struts. Instead these frames have a locking hinge, similar
to the leg locks on a folding table, which provides support for the front of the bimini top. Free-Standing Frames are often used when there is a gate or
other obstacle that prevents you from securing the front of the bimini top with a strap or strut.
What is the difference between a regular bimini top and a pontoon bimini top?
Shademate Pontoon Bimini Tops are made with square tubing to match the square rails that come standard on most pontoon boats. Pontoon Bimini Tops
also come with wiring for the stern light and have a cutout in the bimini top fabric so the stern light (not included) can be mounted on the bimini
What is the warranty on the Shademate Pontoon Bimini Top?
The warranty on the pontoon bimini top varies depending on which fabric you choose. The White Vinyl Top has a 3-year warranty, the SurLast Polyester Top
has a 4-year warranty, and the Sunbrella Acrylic Top has a 6-year warranty.
What mounting hardware comes with the Pontoon Bimini Top?
Shademate Pontoon Bimini Tops come with all the stainless steel hardware and aluminum brackets needed to mount the bimini top to your pontoon boat.
Can the Pontoon Bimini Top be folded down?
Yes. The design of the frame allows the bimini top to be folded and stored with the rear struts up, or you can release the rear struts from the brackets,
fold the top all the way down, and let it rest on your sun deck.
What is a matching storage boot?
All Shademate Pontoon Bimini Tops we offer come with a zippered storage boot that’s made of the same material in the same color as the top. This
zippered storage boot protects your collapsed bimini top by keeping it neatly stowed inside. This storage boot should also be used when trailering your
boat to protect the bimini top from wind damage.
Can I purchase replacement parts for my Shademate Pontoon Bimini Top?
Yes. You can purchase replacement fabric, frames, and hardware for your Shademate Pontoon Bimini Top. Our replacement fabric is specifically designed
to easily zip onto your Shademate frame.