Types Of Boat Tops

Canvas Types, Covers & Enclosures


You know you need a boat top to provide shade, a cover that spreads from bow to the windshield, or an enclosure that protects the cabin, but perhaps the offical name for the canvas escapes you.  Review the basic definitions below to find the canvas you need.  Then request a quote for that bimini top or cockpit cover or whatever your boat needs.

Aft Curtain: Attaches to the back of a Top and extends back to secure to the aft of the boat. Can contain windows.

Bimini Top: A framed collapsible top to block the sun. Generally covers windshield or center console area. If you have a wakeboard tower, check out our Shade N’ Store adjustable bimini top and storage solution to hold wakeboards and inflatable tubes.

Bow Cover: Snaps to open bow area of boat.

Camper Top: An enclosure attached to the back of a Bimini, Sunshade or Convertible Top that has its own frame to cover to the back of the boat. In a sense it encloses the entire open area of the boat.

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Console Covers: Covers the center console and protects the instruments from the elements.

Convertible Top: A top that snaps to the top of the windshield and has a frame to support it. Normally covers entire open windshield area of a boat. Generally used for protection in foul weather. Differs from a bimini top in that it is attached to the windshield, while a bimini does not attach to the windshield, but rather is free standing.

Drop Curtain: Attaches to the back of a Top and drops directly down to the floor. Can contain windows.

Instrument Cover: Cover to protect a boat’s instrument panel.

Mooring Cover: Boat cover protecting from bow to stern and sometimes over the swim platform. Comes down to the rub rail on the side of the boat.

Side Curtain: Attaches to the sides of a top and snaps to the windshield and deck on the side of the boat. Normally a clear window.

Seat Covers: Protects seat upholstery from UV damage and rain with removable covers.

Sunshade: Framed top that extends off the back of a radar arch.

Tonneau-Cover: Snaps to open bow area of boat.

 Cockpit Cover: A storage cover that extends from the base of the windshield to enclose the area behind the windshield to the back of the boat. Uses snaps to attach to the deck to secure the cover.

Add a screen

 California style dodger

Standard dodger

 window blind: