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Biminis and IOR Style Boats

Anyone have an IOR style boat with a bimini on it? I have a 34 footer with a pinched, IOR era type stern to it, and while I would like the shade from a bimini, I'm worried about how it would work in practice. The boat is an S&S34, and I don't think I've ever seen a picture of one with a bimini on it, which has me worried that there is a reason for that ...

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My boat has one but the previous owner kept it as it was a gift from his wife. He is going to use it on his new boat. Had it custom made. I have seen lots of them.
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Here's an image of a sistership to our boat... Brazilian built, she qualifies as a pinched stern IOR boat. We don't have a bimini but in Brazil it's almost a necessity... If you look for images of a Fast 345 on line you'll see plenty. Some results are rather unsightly.. this one's not too bad. A complicating issue is the split backstay, but that's a common item for canvas makers to deal with.

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I put a bimini on my previous boat (Cal 9.2 Ron Holland design base on his 1/2 ton boats). Found an off the shelf one that fit pretty well.
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I think the main problem with these types of boats vis a vis a bimini is the narrow platform makes it difficult to create a bimini that actually gives you good coverage without looking awkwardly large or out of place.. but I suppose any shelter would be better than none. A full enclosure would be similarly difficult without becoming claustrophobic...
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Our boat is the baby sister to Faster's boat. Also IOR with pinched stern and scalp saving Bimini. I care not what it looks like but it has come in handy many a time.
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