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cool cockpit BIMINI pic ideas please

Hi guys...would love some pics and or ideas for simple diy or budget friendly biminis...

any ideas and mostly pics for mid size boats in the 35 to 40ft range

my boat is an aft cockpit Islander 36 with a canvas dodger

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Re: cool cockpit BIMINI pic ideas please

Don't have pictures, but we have a friend with an I36.. does his own canvas work. He put a bar across the split backstays and runs a 'bimini' from that to the aft end of the dodger. When not needed it rolls up aft and ties around the bar.. no 'framework', no drilling holes in your coaming etc.

He also has 2 'covers'.. a canvas one for rainy days, and a mesh for sun.. provides shade while maximizing ventilation.

He has a solar panel mounted to the bar as well.
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Re: cool cockpit BIMINI pic ideas please

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Hi guys...would love some pics and or ideas for simple diy or budget friendly biminis...

any ideas and mostly pics for mid size boats in the 35 to 40ft range

my boat is an aft cockpit Islander 36 with a canvas dodger

peace
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Google images may be an ideal starting place for researching ideas for Bimini designs. Perhaps search for tecsew and biminis, there is a very large photo gallery with many ideas.
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Re: cool cockpit BIMINI pic ideas please

The neatest one I saw was a hardtop that the owner designed and made from fiberglass sheets he purchased at Home Depot. He reinforced the fiberglass by sandwiching plywood sheeting between the sheets of fiberglass. It took him less than a week to construct and I think he said he spent less than $300 for the materials. It looked great and was extremely strong.



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Don't have pictures, but we have a friend with an I36.. does his own canvas work. He put a bar across the split backstays and runs a 'bimini' from that to the aft end of the dodger. When not needed it rolls up aft and ties around the bar.. no 'framework', no drilling holes in your coaming etc.

He also has 2 'covers'.. a canvas one for rainy days, and a mesh for sun.. provides shade while maximizing ventilation.

He has a solar panel mounted to the bar as well.
NICE!

its a bummer I dont have split backstays...I do have a nice hydraulic adjuster though on the single backstay and some massive aluminum davits where the solar panel is...maybe some mounts on the davits forward to the dodger?

I would like to eliminate a huge tangle off stainless tubing if needed

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Google images may be an ideal starting place for researching ideas for Bimini designs. Perhaps search for tecsew and biminis, there is a very large photo gallery with many ideas.
thanks yup...found a couple of neat ones but i GUESS im looking for feedback and opinions on install too

if thats possible, jajaja
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The neatest one I saw was a hardtop that the owner designed and made from fiberglass sheets he purchased at Home Depot. He reinforced the fiberglass by sandwiching plywood sheeting between the sheets of fiberglass. It took him less than a week to construct and I think he said he spent less than $300 for the materials. It looked great and was extremely strong.



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THAT is a bit futuristic for me but I lik the diy and strong approach to that build

looks strong
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Re: cool cockpit BIMINI pic ideas please

Here are some pics of my single support bimini. It connects to the dodger via a zipper and snaps.

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Re: cool cockpit BIMINI pic ideas please

When I bought this boat I'd never been on another one. Boy, did I get lucky!
Since then we've been on 5 other Pearson 530's and really, the biggest difference is in the dodger/bimini set ups. We can walk under ours from hatch to wheel with plenty of headroom. None of the others have that headroom and one is just barely 5'10" and very uncomfortable. Three have material side panels on the dodger (instead of see through) and it makes the whole cockpit into a tunnel; awful. One has a dodger that is 8" or so shorter than the bimini, so they have a little strip between and it's useless to see through and wet if it's not in place.
We have two "windows" to watch the gear being set or furled. Others do not. As it's a dodger/bimini combo, there is a pretty big spread between the dodger and the back of the bimini so I added bars that tie the two sections together (horizontal to the deck) and give us an excellent handhold when stepping out onto the deck.
So think very seriously about the livability and usability of your cockpit covers. It can make all the difference in the amount of time you can spend in the cockpit enjoyably.
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Re: cool cockpit BIMINI pic ideas please

thanks like the pics

I dont need it to zip to the dodger but something like that would be great

I have a wife and kid now so yeah being out of the sun is a must have

back when I was solo sheets across the mizzen boom was what kept me out of the sun

we didnt even have a dodger! ajajaja
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