Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: San Pedro, CA
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Re: Cal 31
Hope you have found a solution/vendor for your bimini needs. I have had my Cal31, Imagination, for 26 years now and of all the upgrades I might consider, a bimini is near the top of my list. I just returned from a bluewater crossing to Honolulu from San Pedro, CA on a friends boat, a Catalina 42. It had both a dodger and a bimini and I can't imagine how uncomfortable the trip would have been without either. Additionally the bimini was used to mount two 10 amp solar panels as well as GPS and AIS antennas.
Imagination has the boom sheeted to the bridge deck and not the cabin top. this makes installing a dodger somewhat iffy. The bimini, however would really help with the SoCal sun. Also, if I get refrigeration installed (pricing it this week after living aboard for 4 years) I will need someplace to mount solar panels if I don't want to be running the engine for a couple hours a day when not connected to 120VAC.
One of the things holding me back is that I would want to replace the stern railing (pushpit) rather than just add new mounts for the bimini. I have already replaced the bow pulpit with considerably stronger stainless tubing than was used in the original. My current pushpit is marginal for holding my 45# dinghy outboard. With a stronger structure and perhaps a built in crane I could consider a larger outboard and maybe get my dinghy up on a plane!
To be honest, If I added everything I want (secondary antenna mounts, radar mount, corner seats, stereo speakers, grill mount and maybe a rack for my mountain bike, in addition to the outboard mount and crane and solar panels) I am afraid it would cost a fortune and look like a Rube Goldberg contraption.