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Old 04-09-2012
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Bimini or something else?

Have been thinking about installing a Bimini top for a couple of years now but the thing that always stops me is the prospect of having more stuff to deal with around the cockpit. I like the idea of being able to get out of the weather while at the wheel but really don't like the idea of having to work around more things to entangle sheets, tethers, etc. or otherwise get in the way. I have a large whole-boat canvas that goes up over the boom to act a sun shield at anchor, so that would not be the main use for a Bimini anyway. Has anyone here seen some sort of stowable canvas top arrangement just large enough to get in under when sitting/standing at the wheel but collapsible so it can be completely removed when you don't want the thing in the way. Folded down aluminum poles are just not my idea of out of the way. My bimini to this point has been a good raincoat.
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