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Re: Bimini or something else?
Full cockpit biminis are wonderful, especially if you are the type of sailor who likes spending a lot of time...well, sailing. A bimini changes the whole character of 6-8 hours out in a bright sun, removing the heat, sweat and sun burn otherwise so common.
If you install the bimini frame properly, it need not interfere with your running rigging, but it does cut down on visibility a bit. Same pluses/minuses you see with a dodger.
How I handled it was
...Early May I'd launch with the the dodger installed...around mid-June, I'd remove the dodger and install the bimini...in early Sept I'd remove the bimini and install the dodger.
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