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CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

I'm a new owner of a 1989 CS36 Merlin.
I've seen a few different designs for custom bimini/dodger combinations on the Merlin. The design on our boat has a very narrow bimini and I was wondering if there were other designs out there that had better coverage.

Does anyone have a photo of a nice CS36 Merlin bimini?

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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

Mine is pretty small - it is because the boom comes so far back, and unless you are willing to compromise and have a bimini that is REALLY low you don't really have a choice
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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

It all depends on where your traveller is. The Merlin was built with three different mainsheet traveller configurations. Early models had the traveller just forward of the pedestal, later models on the coachroof and a "racing" model had a wide traveller across the cockpit seats and bridge deck.
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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

Fair point Vasco - mine has the traveller just in front of the binnacle.

That being said though - for me the biggest restriction is that when I am going hard to wind with the main sheet tight, the back end of the boom is below the bimini leading edge, hence the bimini couldn't go any further forward without it catching or a much lower bimini which for me simply wouldn't work.
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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

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Fair point Vasco - mine has the traveller just in front of the binnacle.

That being said though - for me the biggest restriction is that when I am going hard to wind with the main sheet tight, the back end of the boom is below the bimini leading edge, hence the bimini couldn't go any further forward without it catching or a much lower bimini which for me simply wouldn't work.
Mine (88 model #6236) is the same. That's why I've never put a bimini on it. I have a dodger extension which can only be used when not using the mainsail.
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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

I have a fairly short bimini - it is only about 2 maybe 3 feet deep but it certainly keeps the sun off me when I'm behind the wheel during the hottest part of the day. Also because it is short it isn't too difficult to look up past it to see my windex.

I'm pretty happy with it and zip in a centre section when I'm at dock that joins the dodger to the bimini - I just move the mainsheet over to the toerail so that can happen.

The one thing that I am thinking of changing is the dodger. It was on the boat when I bought it and it is quite low, enough so that it makes getting into the cabin a bit of a pain. I've looked at the set up and I could easily have one that is 8 or so inches higher and still not have any issues with the boom, even when it is pulled down tight.

I'd be interested in any recommendations regarding makers of dodgers in the Toronto area as I have seen some disasters

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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

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I'd be interested in any recommendations regarding makers of dodgers in the Toronto area as I have seen some disasters

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Dreamcast is very good and has made a dodger, bimini and full enclosure for a merlin in our club.
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I have a fairly high dodger on my boat, made in 1995.

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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

Looks good - I will check them out

On another subject - I'm currently assessing my upwind performance on the boat. Mine has the wind keel and the tack angles aren't what I would like - is yours a wing keel and if so - what are you seeing as tack angles in a medium breeze - 10 or so knots and flat seas

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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

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Looks good - I will check them out

On another subject - I'm currently assessing my upwind performance on the boat. Mine has the wind keel and the tack angles aren't what I would like - is yours a wing keel and if so - what are you seeing as tack angles in a medium breeze - 10 or so knots and flat seas

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I have the wing keel "patented Hydrokeel" as CS puts it. She doesn't point the best. I don't race so it's not a significant factor for me. You need the deep keel for that. Also with the wing keel the boats don't turn on a dime.
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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

Yeah - I'm finding that - but I'd just like to get some sort of comparison to see whether mine is better/worse. I'm seeing tack angles that are in the 105 degree range even in what I would consider perfect conditions.

I do race, although just at the club level and want to try to get the best performance out of her, but if those sort of angles are what I can expect then my tactics need to be radically different, so any input you can give would be gratefully received

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