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Yeah trust me my girlfriend has the biggest floppy hat in existence.

My dock neighbor told me last night to skip it and just save my money for a 38' Cabo Rico. That's another option
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With a tiller there is less need to stand when steering. A higher bimini provides much less shade in the cockpit in the morning and afternoon due to the suns angle. No way I would raise the boom and shorten the sail to get a bit more height on the bimini.
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If the current bimini is in good shape, I'd personally have a dodger built with a "tail" that could zip to both the dodger and existing bimini.

You'd not only gain shade everywhere, but have the advantages of the weather protection of the dodger.


I have a tiller boat (C&C 24) and have neither one currently. The dodger is my first purchase, for sure.

By the way, standing at the tiller becomes less appealing when you have one of these to sit on. I'd recommend these to everyone! Sport a seat -helm seats.
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FWIW in their 1977 model run C&C raised the boom on the C&C30 a foot due to owner complaints on the original low boom. No other adjustments were made. The boats rate the same under PHRF and I never heard '77 and newer owners complain about a performance difference.

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i would add a dodger and then fabricate a section that snaps in to bridge the gap between the dodger and bimini (existing one) - a section that slopes down. I'm assuming your existing bimini is in good shape. That way you will have options on how to configure the set-up. One large bimini may seem like too much....just my thoughts.
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I agree with Captainmurph and catalina Rob. I was thinking the same thing before I read their posts.

A dodger with a connector.

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A buddy and I took our sons out last weekend in Louisiana and it was H-O-T here too! My buddy does not care for biminis (being a racer), but he sure developed an appreciation for them that day! He's had heat stress before and is susceptible to it now; even with the bimini for most of the ride, when it was time for dropping the sails to head in, that little bit of sun and heat got him quickly.

As far as the neccessity of head room, my friend is about 6'2" and he didn't complain about headroom (though I'm not sure of my clearance--I'm 5'10"). Perhaps it wasn't an issue because we were sitting most of the time.

How tall are you?

If raising the bimini and boom is too much trouble, based on your pictures I still like the idea of extending your bimini to cover more of the cockpit, if possible.

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I removed my bimini for the same reasons. I don't miss it much yet. But it hurt my neck (I'm 6'5") to stand under it, and I couldn't see my mooring without standing. I'm considering replacing the frame with fiberglass rods or pvc or something which would give me the ability to easily raise and lower it. The current frame can't go up or down with the boom in place. Something flexible might stand the boom passing over it, or at least be easily struck and stowed.
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Thank you all for your comments. I would love to have a dodger as well but the traveler is mounted on the bridge deck(ie in the companionway) and see how I could add a dodger but I still wouldn't be able to connect it while sailing. And that is the issue...no shade while sailing. A dodger would be killer though.
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Looking at the pics, as i see it the problem is not so much that your existing bimini is too small, but that it is poorly located. You never sit that far back on a tiller boat, so half the bimini is useless. Move it forward 8-12" and you will have shade where you need it, at no cost. Okay, there is the cost of filling the holes where the bimini mounting pads were located, but it's sure cheaper then the alternative.
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