I actually prefer to sail with the bimini down. But my wife wants to stay out of the sun. We use to move a beach umbrella on each tack to a PVC pipes wire tied to the stations on either side of the companionway. It actually worked well until the wind got over 15 kts. Then it would tend to turn inside out.
03-07-2009 12:18 PM
I'm so cheap. I use a blue plastic tarp for a boom tent when moored/anchored/docked and a wide brimmed hat when undersail.
10-06-2008 10:26 AM
My main sheet traveler is aft same as yours, that's why I only put up my bimini when at anchor or motoring. I am working on adding a dodger to correct that issue by moving the main sheet forward and using the secondary winches to travel.
Take care of th' Admiral for sure. My bride often uses a throwable PFD and rests in the companionway, it's a cool seat when heeling.
10-05-2008 10:22 PM
My mainsheet block and jam cleat are at the end of my boom so that is as far back as I could go. It covers the open companionway for rain and shades the first seat next to the companionway where my wife usually sits. That was our main concern.
10-05-2008 09:35 PM
Thanks for the pictures looks like a good installation. I would like to install mine a little further back to shade more of the cockpit.
10-05-2008 08:59 PM
Helms 25 bimini installation.
I took some pictures of the new bimini with KJ at the dock. The boom actually is about 6" above the bimini with the sails up and everything clears. The pictures also show the storage position on deck. I found Oyster Sunbrella matches our gelcoat color very well.
09-16-2008 10:55 AM
I will look forward to seeing some pictures.
09-16-2008 10:49 AM
The bimini went on this weekend. Over all I was pleased with the quality. The SS bows are joined in the center for shipping and everything was predrilled and lined up correctly. Directions were multi paged but descriptions of color coding and parts description could have been better. They gave all the necessary hardware for most type of installations. I bought the SS quick release hardware and was pleased with the low profile and mechanism.
I didn't have my camera, but will take some pictures this weekend.
09-12-2008 10:33 AM
Will do. The last post was interesting.
09-12-2008 10:20 AM
Same company I plan on getting mine from. Please let me know, how it turns out.
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