Constructing a New Carbon Fiber Hard Top

Biminis are often victim to the very elements they protect you from. Sun, salt and excessive wind can batter even the most stable of biminis and if you have yet to replace one, finding one that fits your existing frame might not be as easy as you hope.  This 3-part video series shows how a boat owner conquered this dilemma, by constructing a hardtop bimini to the frame in existence on a Black Watch 26.


This new bimini has many advantages over the typical canvas types we are used to seeing on the water. Using carbon fiber to construct the new panels, this new solid top adds serious protection from the elements, reduces glare for the driver with it’s black underside and adds a bunch of storage on top for boards of all shapes and sizes.

Check out the construction of this ingenious bimini in our 3-part video series that takes you through the whole process.  If you’re searching for a fun improvement to your current bimini situation, this is a scalable project that is not too difficult for most handy DIY boaters. Enjoy!



Not only do we have a great photo gallery of the build, but we made a 3 part series of videos showing the whole process. Pretty neat! Check out the gallery and the 3-part video series below. (Then subscribe to the TotalBoat YouTube Channel to be alerted when we launch a new video.)

Hard Top

This canvas top was tired and very bright. It provided shade but not much else.

The boat owner wanted a place to store kite boards, surf boards and a fun swimming platform.

The panels were built as 2 symmetrical pieces.

Cutouts for the Stainless tubing

Dry fitting the 2 top panels to the existing stainless structure.

Black carbon showing on the underside meant decreased glare for the driver.

Putting the rod holders back onto the hard top

The bars on top will make great tie downs for boards. And it's super stable and the gray non-skid means no slipping up there.




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