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Also a good idea

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That is also another idea I've been kicking around. Everything is a compromise I guess. Not totally the way to go but leaves 1000-1500 in the kitty for a rainy day.
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With your Bimini I am sure you can sail the boat with it mounted. With the huge one you are proposing I doubt you can have it up with 20k of wind and it will obstruct completely your view to the mainsail. It is dificultt to sail without seeing the mainsail.

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I would not get a custom cut mainsail just so you can have a bimini. Changing something away from STOCK will lower your resell potential and since there is an active racing class of C27.....
Learn to sail sitting down using what you have.
And I agree; you are NOT going to want a big bimini up in heavy wind.
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move it forward

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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.
Good point here. Mine is further forward than yours, and while it is the same length and stern end is not covered, I've found that this is only a real issue when sailing with the sun at your back. And then I simply detach the front bimini holding strap and hook it further back on a line running into the cockpit--allows the bimini to lower to an appropriate angle to block sun from teh stern end. May have looked goofy, but worked well. Probably not a good idea in heavier winds though!
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Good points

Thanks again for the feedback. I think the drawing really helped me visualize the setup. I think I will go with one of the "run whatcha brung" approaches and save the cashola. I think I will cut it down and move it forward. With it being up so high it still might not give me enough shade to make "effing" with the rest of the stuff worth it. With the boat heeled over that bimini would be like an extra 50 Sq feet of poorly placed sail area to contend with.

The future owner...there always will be...may not appreciate my "ideas" as much as I would and could detract from the resale. My dock neighbor said to quit screwing around and buy a 38' Cabo Rico or whatever. I'll have to look into that.

Thank you sailnet for helping me think this through.
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With your Bimini I am sure you can sail the boat with it mounted. With the huge one you are proposing I doubt you can have it up with 20k of wind and it will obstruct completely your view to the mainsail. It is dificultt to sail without seeing the mainsail.

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I've had my full-cockpit bimini in use over 25 knots and it is not an issue at all, the tiedowns keep it quite still and silent. It is common to put a window in the bimini so the helmsperson can see the leech of the main, just as you often see in jibs...
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