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Re: Bimini Top
Many fold their bimini back, when actually sailing, and put it up when stationary. If up while sailing, you can put a clear window above the helm, so that at least you can see the windex. I don't find leaning around the side for sail trim to be all that difficult.
For the C27, the question may be how confined you become beneath the boom. A bimini can arguably be a safety measure, keeping folks heads from entering the boom swing. But, if its so low and uncomfortable to move around the cockpit to sail, it would be counterproductive. Fielder's choice.
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