Blog posts of '2019' 'April'

Our March Mayhem Contest Winner
Our March Mayhem Contest Winner

This year, we ran a March Mayhem contest to see which of our customers could successfully select the winner of the NCAA Championship.

This year's winner was Tom Peltz, who won an American Armor Ripstop Truck Cover.

Here's Tom's response to receiving his prize:

Good Morning Jordan.

The cover arrived on Friday, and I was very surprised to see a security cable, storage bag, and microfiber towels.  Again Thank You very much, and thank you to Empire Covers!  My truck feels very cozy.

Best regards.

Tom Peltz

Congrats Tom, we hope your truck and everything else you cover stays cozy for years to come.

Out of The Park


I wanted to take a minute to express my sincere gratitude for the help your customer rep Michelle P.

I had placed an order earlier today and I had went back online to show someone the cover that I had purchased. They usually follow what I do and they wanted to order the same. While I was online Michelle P had asked if she could help.

And that she did, I gave her the discount that was sent to my email address and she had told me that the code was not coming up in the system. I thought oh well I needed the cover anyway.

But not Michelle P., nope she didn’t just push it aside. She applied a discount, and I was very surprised. I am a fleet manager for a Dodge dealership and as a matter of fact I built the fleet department that I run.

Trust me, this young lady is what customer service is all about. I think she deserves a pat on the back from her management team and if you could please let me know that it was done.

Because of her just this afternoon alone there were 8 more people here checking out your site. You just never know who you’re talking to and that young lady hit a home run there.

Thank you Michelle P.

A Model for Other Businesses

I just want to send a confirmation email to say that all personnel and related business conversations have been without a DOUBT the very best I’ve ever experienced! Your company and employees should be a business model for other businesses! All personnel were truly professional, caring and kind! I do wish other businesses were to follow Empire’s professionalism! I will be buying chair covers in the future and WILL get them from EMPIRE! Please share this with ALL employees in the customer service department because ALL deserve high accolades! I will share with any and all who might desire your products.


Don Mattingly

A-1 Customer Service

I recently wrote a review about the awful RV cover we had purchased. I was contacted by Yvonne in customer service wanting to know what could be done to rectify the complaint. She was amazing. They have sent us the next level of cover along with not having to return the pieces of the old one. Fingers crossed that this is a much better product.

8 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Bimini Top
8 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Bimini Top

8 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Bimini Top

Looking to take your boat out on the water? Enjoy, but look out for the sun. When you’re on the water, you’re exposed to more than UV-radiation than normal because UV rays can reflect off the water and the surface of fiberglass boats.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if not properly protected, the sun’s UV rats can damage a person’s skin in fifteen minutes.

While sunscreen and protective clothing can help, getting out of the sun can help you avoid the risk of exposure.

One great way to stay out of the sun while enjoying the water is installing a bimini top to your boat.

What is a bimini top you ask? You’ve come to the right place. We’re going to answer all your questions here.


What is a Bimini Top?

A Bimini Top or boat top is an umbrella-like fabric top stretched over a lightweight metal frame that can be mounted to your boat. Frames can usually be collapsed or pulled back when not in use or raised again if you need shade or shelter from the rain.

4-Bow Bimini Top

What Kinds are Available?

Bimini Tops generally have either a bow frame for V-shaped boats

2 Bow Bimini (5 ft. of coverage)

2 Bow Bimini Top

3 Bow Bimini (6 ft. of coverage)

3 bow bimini top

4 Bow Bimini (8 ft. of coverage)

4 bow bimini top

or a square or T-Top frame for pontoon boats.

Bimini t-top

What Materials Are Used?

A Bimini frame is usually constructed from either aluminum with reinforced nylon fittings, while more expensive models may be made with stainless steel. This allows the frame to be lightweight while also preventing corrosion from salt and water.

bimini stainless steel poles and hardware

The actual cover can be made from a variety of materials including cotton, and vinyl, but for a frame that will last more than one season, you’re usually better off with a frame made from durable polyester or acrylic.


Polyester can be solution-dyed providing rich color and excellent UV-protection. They’re also strong and resist stretching so they retain their shape. They’re more water repellent and abrasion resistant than acrylics but will fade faster, so look for covers that have UV-treatment to extend their life.

Polyester for Bimini Tops


A top-of-the-line soft woven fabric, acrylic looks and feels terrific. It holds up against UV rays and has exceptional fade resistance and strength. However, it does lack polyester’s abrasion resistance.

Acrylic Fabric for Bimini Tops

How Can I Decide What Size is Right for My Boat?

Before buying a bimini, measure your boat carefully measure to determine the best-sized frame.



Measure boat length for Bimini


Measure the portion of your boat that you’d like to keep shaded. Keep in mind that the bimini tops usually cover:

  • 5′ for 2 Bow Biminis
  • 6′ for 3 Bow Biminis
  • 8′ for 4 Bow Biminis



Bimini Width Measurements

Once you know your length, select the midpoint of the area and use it to determine your main mount points. Keep in mind that width doesn’t correspond to your boat’s beam, it corresponds to the distance between anchor points on the boat’s gunwale.


Bimini Height Measurement

Ideally, you should allow for 6’ of standing height. This is not the height of the bimini top itself, but the distance measured from the floor of the boat.

Can I Install it Myself?

Absolutely. To install your bimini top you need a simple power drill, measuring tape and a pencil. Because of the size, you may want to get a friend to help you connect the frame to the mountings.

For more information, you can watch our quick video:


And always follow the included directions.

How Fast Can I Go With a Bimini Top?

With a 2, 3 or 4 bow bimini top the rated top speed is 40 knots (44 mph) fully opened, with a T-Top bimini the rated top speed in 17 knots (20 mph) fully opened.

Can I Get a Replacement?

The bimini top can easily be replaced and stretched over an existing frame. Keep in mind that one manufacturer’s top may not fit on another manufacturer’s cover.

Bimini Replacement Top

What Accessories Can I Use with My Bimini Top?

If you like to fish, you can connect a rod holder (or rocket launcher) to your frame. Able to hold up to 6 fishing rods (depending on the model and width) these frames can withstand light trolling and is a great solution for fishing rod storage. They also enhance the maneuverability of your rods when your bimini top is in use, so you can fish in the shade.

Bimini Rocket Launcher for Fishing Rods