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I just bought a Catalina 27 and I am debating to install a bimini top or not. I don't race, only cruise. Does the top get in the way a lot? I'm concerned that it will be hard to sail with. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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On the list of must haves, the bimini comes even before sails..... Sunburn is no fun, and the only way I can be out all day is under a bimini. Just make sure you can fold it back when the sails are going up or down, Good luck with the new boat.
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I love the bimini on my Catalina 400 (a much larger boat). It keeps me out of the sun. It does make moving around a bit harder and it reduces vision above. It's also a bit cooler because of the shade. Only you can decide if it's worth it for you. Good Luck.
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Congratulations on the new boat! Like the others have said, a bimini is a definite must-have in my opinion. Keeps the sun and the rain off and makes the sailing much more enjoyable. I'm not familiar with the C27 but I bet you can have a bimini designed that wont interfere with sailing.

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Re: Bimini Top

Bought our bimini-less boat last May. It was both the first planned, and currently most expensive purchase for the boat yet.

No ragrets. Bimini definitely at the top of the short list.


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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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Well you have all talked me into buying a bimini! Thanks for the great replys! Pictures of the boat soon to come
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Re: Bimini Top

The standard Cat-27 has 'end boom' sheeting and the traveller at the aft end of the cockpit for mainsail control. This configuration will be in conflict with a bimini when sailing.
The companionway, etc. 'dominates' the space from the aft end of the coach roof to the mast; so, changing to mid boom sheeting in order to 'clear' the bimini top will be 'quite difficult' if one considers mid-boom sheeting without a lot of 'hassle'.

http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=814

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Re: Bimini Top

Our 50 year old Pearson Wanderer has end boom sheeting which did present some difficulty fitting a bimini. We positioned it close to the cabin with the deck mountings between the bulkhead and the winches. On the op's shorter boat the deck mounts may fit behind the winches. This will position the bimini close to the cabin which works well enough on a tillered boat. When not using it, we fold it forward and we still have plenty of access to the companionway.
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