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Bimini Fittings | Stainless Steel vs. Nylon Bimini Top Fittings

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When you’re out on the water in the summer, it’s next to impossible to avoid the hot sun. Fortunately, the solution is simple: make your own shade by installing a bimini top from trusted brands like Carver or Westland. But what’s not so simple are the decisions that go into figuring out the right bimini top for your boat — the fabric, fitting materials, and width measurements (among other things).

While you can find information on fabric comparisons and sizing instructions on the SavvyBoater.com website, there’s one choice that is often less clear: should you get stainless steel or nylon bimini top fittings for your bimini?

To help answer this question, we’ve created this handy chart:

Bimini Top Fittings Comparison

   Nylon fittings                 
   Stainless steel bimini top fittings         
  • Most affordable
  • Highly durable for most applications
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Black color
  • Strongest fittings option
  • Best for higher speeds and larger bimini tops
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Stainless finish closer match with bimini frame

“Some of the most common reasons for failure in fittings are due to misuse — using the bimini top frame as a grab rail, leaving it unattended in the open position in inclement weather, or improper size selection that would increase stress on the fittings,” said one Carver expert. “These are both excellent options. If cared for properly, these fittings should last the life of the top.”

And there you have it. If you’re still unsure as to which bimini fittings are best for your boat, don’t hesitate to contact our customer support team  through SavvyBoater.com, or call 1-866-560-1330.

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