Today, high-speed boats can no longer do without a Bimini top. It even looks odd when the sun was mighty and a yacht out at sea without the popular topping to protect it. It’s almost like seeing a female swimmer without a bikini top, or any swimmer who isn’t wearing sunscreen. For those who don’t know, the top under discussion is a curved frame that attaches to a boat and is covered in some form of durable, water-resistant fabric.
It is there to protect from the harmful rays of the sun or mild wind. However, it cannot be expected to withstand stormy conditions as the device just happens to have no coverage on either side. Of course, anyone is welcome to add this missing feature, although if this happens, the framework will probably need to be renamed.
No one knows for sure who first christened the boat accessory with the name. However, there is a windswept, sunny string of small islands in the Bahamas known as the Bimini Islands. A Wikipedia article claims that Paul Johnson of Rhode Island, USA invented the innovative and universally useful top. The device has become such a part of mainstream boating that enthusiasts have now learned to add the accessory to increase the appeal and resale value of their property.
What seems to be happening with bikini fashion is happening with the Bimini as it has become such a part of the boating lifestyle. Some boat makers have been known to expand their product offerings with colorful or art deco sheets, giving each boat model its own identity. Creativity seems to be the only limit to such a boot improvement. In addition, many boat accessory providers sell Biminis in all sizes, colors, and designs. While boat owners prefer these awnings to be foldable, some boats still have a rigid, permanent construction.
By all indications, the boat accessory is here to stay. Aesthetic values aside, boaters are better off with a model of durable construction. Although most models today are made of an aluminum frame, nothing prevents the sailing enthusiast from going for the solid steel at an additional cost.
Like any useful invention, the Bimini top will go down in history as the subject of much innovation and personal enhancement. While boaters are free to go overboard with whatever Bimini they have in mind, it’s a warning to never forget what the device has to do for the vehicle it’s trying to protect. With this in mind, the device would be much less likely to blow into the wind at its worst, when the sun is in full glory.