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Bimini / dodger for a Bayfield 29

I own a 1987 Bayfield 29 which has mainsheet with traveler aft of cockpit, I ask for suggestions / opinions about purchasing a suitable bimini top (main requirement is the robustness of structure), thank you.
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Ive got a Bayfield 25 that pretty much has the same setup that you do. Ive given up on the idea of a bimini for it and just have a shade that i can toss over the boom when we are anchored or motoring only.
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The mainsheet will pretty much eliminate anything that you can use while sailing. DistantStar is right.
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I know of several boats with the same setup and I wonder that (apparently) there are not good solution available...
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I have seen a small bimini mounted on the aft rail with a boot around the back stay though this would have to be fabricated to your particular boat.
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Ah, a Bayfield. We used to own a Bayfield 36. Had to move up in size because our family got bigger. I loved that boat. We essentially rebuilt her from the bilge up (all new tanks, pulled the engine, re-gelcoated the bilge, all new plumbing, electrial, electronics, blah, blah, blah). That is the prettiest boat I'll ever own I suspect, and she holds a lot of sentimental value for us considering that we did the overwhelming majority of the work ourselves.

On your bimini question, I think it's doable, though I can't say I have particular experience with your type of boat. Every center cockpit I can think of has the main traveler aft of the cockpit, and many have biminis, including my current boat. Do keep in mind that with the mainsheet eased fairly far, the sheet may very well "chafe" on the bimini frame (I use quotes because the stainless frame won't actually chafe your sheet, but it won't be a fair lead).

From what I can see from your picture, your issue may be where to mount the bimini aft, considering that your traveler actually is on the taffrail. That means the bimini may not cover the aft edge of the cockpit, where you actually sit when you're at the helm. If you move the traveler from the taffrail to that portion of the deck between the taffrail and the pushpit, that might work better, but that might mean the sheet chafes on the taffrail; hard to know for sure, and hard to know if you even have enough room for the traveler at that spot.

Also, and this may seem obvious, if your boom is particularly low, the bimini may be less workable due to restricted headrooml.

Have you had a canvas maker to the boat to give you a view? Most of these outfits can figure out ways to install biminis and dodgers in all kinds of applications.
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Indeed they are pretty boats and I get frequently favourable comments.
Yes I questioned a local canvas maker but the proposed two pieces bimini seems complex to support and expensive so I am asking for different opinions.
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Bimini for Bayfield

I have an Irwin 28.5 and I was able to install a bimini by moving the mainsheet to a mid-boom position on the coach roof...
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Like i said, ive given up on trying to put a bimini on my Bayfield. Ive got a nice awning that goes over the boom for when we are anchored.

On another note, that cockpit looks almost 100% like mine. Yes its a mess, that pic is from right after i got the boat and hadnt cleaned it up yet.
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Call Neil Thurston in Bristol, Rhode Island. Yep, as in Thurston sails...

He's busy, good, expensive...yes, but he build the frames and measures the material, then installs his creation.

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