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Re: Catalina 27 questions

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Chip, it was not a problem with the bimini, no more problem than the backstay. Most of the time you are sitting far enough forward that you are well shaded by most bimini setups.

It's obviously a much bigger problem than the backstay, because when sailing downwind, the backstay doesn't sweep out a huge arc through the logical place for a bimini like the main sheet does. If you have to sit far forward to get under the bimini, it's definitely not ideal, as I said.

Or maybe the geometry was radically different on your 1913 Catalina 27.
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Re: Catalina 27 questions

Any bimini on a 27 is going to be pretty low so that you won't be standing under it.
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Re: Catalina 27 questions

Actually, I was able to stand beneath the bimini, but my head only cleared it by less than an inch. And, when sailing directly downwind, the mainsheet remained about 6 inches away from the bimini hardware, farther if I ran the traveler over to the side the boom was sheeted out to.

Chip, when steering with the tiller, which was about 4 feet long, I sat about a foot in front of the tiller on the bench seat, which put me about 5 feet or more from the traveler. Now, I guess that if that boat had a wheel, you would be hard pressed to get out of the sun, sitting behind the wheel. The cockpit, for a 27, though, was surprisingly spacious. Also, I used a tiller extension which made steering for long periods of time a lot easier to manage. My first till extension was homemade with a length of PVC pipe - worked great, but when I found a factory made job at WM, I decided to go with it.

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