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Specs. re: Design and construcion of bimini cover for Crealock 34

I am considering the fabrication and install of a bimini for my 1989 Pacific Seacraft 34. At the stern section above the helmsman's seat, the beam is much more narrow than the beam about five feet forward. The difference in beam is more than three feet at the two locations. I would like the bimin to cover the helmsman's seat forward to about three feet forward of the binnacle.

Regarding the construction of a bimini, I would appreciate input on what other PSC 34 owners have found satisfactory. I would like an attractive rail mounted bimini that somehow can be folded back and covered by a boot when not in use. It would be great if someone can recommend a canvas shop that has the patterns for a useful and goodlooking bimini. Specs would be appreciated.

I do not want to see somone muck up the job. The boat has never had a bimini or dodger for fear of ruining the graceful lines of the boat. Now I must have a bimini for protection from the sun. Dodger may follow.

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Any discussion is welcome.

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You might want of look at either the Pacific Seacraft, Endeavour or Westsail sites.
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Re: Specs. re: Design and construcion of bimini cover for Crealock 34

Attached are a couple of photos of the bimini on our 1987 PSC 34. It was designed and constructed by Charlie Klein of Dorsal Sails in Sturgeon Bay, WI. (doorsaildotcom). The frame is fastened to the coaming and the last bow is aft of the backstay so it covers the helmsman. It can be folded back when desired. We are very happy with the arrangement.
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Re: Specs. re: Design and construcion of bimini cover for Crealock 34

We made our own using the guidelines Sailrite recommends in their book. It was a lot of work but ended up well. We recommend using Seamark as it has a vinyl coating underneath that makes it more durable and is permanently waterproof. We opted for max coverage - including a dodger - for rain and UV protection.
We do like the window with a covering that can be tied back in order to keep an eye on the mainsail. And we built in zippers all around for screens. Those were in constant use when we traveled anywhere other than far offshore.

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