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Bimini top - does it add windage?

I'm thinking of adding a cheap bimini top to my boat. I'm am curious how much it will effect handling. Does increase weather helm?

I suppose in theory, it should ad lift to the rear of the boat on a reach, making plane sooner - ok that would be wishful thinking. I wonder if that lift could make it capsize sooner?
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not unless your really out there in heavy weather, the shelter that they provide from the sun is sooooooooo very worth having one!
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They create windage but more drag than lift. You will never see one on a serious race boat. No dodger either.
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Yes, it will add windage. Is it for your Hobie or your Sunfish?
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Gonna fry without one!
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Gonna fry without one!
I'm always arguing with a black girl at work as to who has the darker tan.

Seriously though, with such a small boat, I've sailed down wind @ 2 knots with the sails down - meaning the boat is pretty susceptible to windage, hence my concern.
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