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What's this canvas for?

So the Catalina 27 I bought had a bimini at some point, at least some fittings on the deck would indicate so. The PO said he never had one and did not know anything else. No frame, just a couple fittings on the deck. I was excited when I found this canvas in the sail locker, but I'm not sure how it would be used now. Has some channels in it like for a frame, but what is the cutout on the end? I thought it might be a cover for the cabin, but the shape isn't right.

New to having a larger, at least for me, boat like this. What the heck is it for?
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Re: What's this canvas for?

Can't tell how big it is but looks like a Bimini, or more accurately a sunshade since it could be used while sailing.The cut-out goes around the topping lift so you can mount the think further aft to protect the cockpit better.

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Re: What's this canvas for?

Cockpit tonneau cover?

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Re: What's this canvas for?

KS has it right.. a sunshade for over the boom, with the split/cutout to allow you to stretch it beyond the boom end/topping lift to the backstay and cover more cockpit. The corners/sides get bungied/tied to the rail or lifelines.

However he mis-typed.. this is one you couldn't use under sail (which I'm sure is what he meant to say)
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Re: What's this canvas for?

That makes sense, the sunshade idea. The size appears to be about right. But it has places for a frame sewn into it. I guess what I am wondering is, if the shade goes over the boom, how does the frame fold? Or would the sewn in places be for something else?

I'll take it up and throw it on, then it will make more sense. Like what the webbing on the front is for? To roll it up and secure for some reason?

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Re: What's this canvas for?

The sewn-in pockets are probably for battens (or tubes) that hold it out and sorta flat. Maybe they are on board somewhere??

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Re: What's this canvas for?

Call me crazy...but that's an awful big cutout to accomodate a topping lift.

I think the opening goes around the mast..and this cover shades the cabin top, hatches, and side decks. The little white tab, attaches to your main halyard to lift it up a bit, so it doesn't rest on the boom. BUt..I could be wrong.. was this a Florida Boat? ..I see you are in Atlanta..it gets hot..
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Re: What's this canvas for?

No, nothing else on board.

I guess the fittings on the cockpit for the bimini puzzled me, maybe it also had one some time ago. I'll lay it out tomorrow and see how it should go.

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Call me crazy...but that's an awful big cutout to accomodate a topping lift.

I think the opening goes around the mast..and this cover shades the cabin top, hatches, and side decks. The little white tab, attaches to your main halyard to lift it up a bit, so it doesn't rest on the boom. BUt..I could be wrong.. was this a Florida Boat? ..I see you are in Atlanta..it gets hot..
Good point tempest... could well be right...

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Re: What's this canvas for?

It is for the cockpit I believe. I had a similar one with a shorter cut out for the topping lift and it didn't cover back far enough, so my guess is it was custom to provide more shade/rain protection all the way back to the stay.
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