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 abrasian resistant. For bimini tops, polyester was cited as the'best value' by the Boat OwnersAssociation 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. 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. 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. 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. The other option we throw in is the storage boot. 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. We strive to make size selection very easy. 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 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 bimin 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. Instructions are included with the Vortex Bimini Top.... 1 page, front and back, with pictures... 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, tapemeasure, screwdriver, pencil, etc. It is a 1 to 2 hour job...Maybe a little less with a helper. VORTEX HAS THE ONLY COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE 12' LONG BIMINI!!!
YOU COULD NOT HAVE ONE MADE FOR 4X THIS PRICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF YOU QUESTION WHETHER THIS IS A GOOD DEAL OR NOT, GO TO YOUR LOCAL UPHOLSTRY SHOP/AWNING/MARINE SHOP AND GET A PRICE ON HAVING ONE OF THESE MADE... AFTER YOU COME BACK TO YOUR SENSES, SEE US AND ORDER ONE.. Width: easily fits width between mount points of 91-96" Height: 54" (when mounted to top of rails/gunwales, which averages 18-24 high), makes for nice overall height from boat floor of 6 to 6 1/2 ft high.
We wonder that also, so you will see, along with sample pics, many of our products directly in use. Please see these pics below of one of 8' tops on an older pontoon boat that we are currently refurbishing. We guarantee you will be satisfied with you Vortex Bimini Top. Let's work together, to make this a 100 percent positive experience for all involved! The item "NEW VORTEX 4 BOW PONTOON/DECK BOAT BIMINI TOP 12' ROYAL BLUE 91-96" is in sale since Friday, June 17, 2016.This item is in the category "eBay Motors\Parts & Accessories\Boat Parts\Accessories & Gear\Covers". The seller is "vortexdirect" and is located in Florence, Alabama. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.