Traditional folding biminis, while being convenient,don’t give full cover; they restrict access to the cockpit and they don’t withstand strong winds. Many charter and private yachts are now sporting fixed biminis ,either stainless or brushed aluminium, custom made by Nautool.
Each biminiis specifically designed for a particular boat and can include grab rails, winch cutouts and lighting. Aesthetics are considerably improved, as is access to the cockpit and resistance to high winds. Being of rigid construction, the biminis are strong enough to be walked on for furling the mainsail. Some biminis have been integrated with solar panel supports, etc.