I've designed a sunshade which is a flat disc or which is mostly transparent to the wind (supposedly) and provides sun protection (supposedly). The discs is mounted on poles attached to the pushpit. The can be rotated essentially in three axes. The discs stow like photographers reflectors (from which the are made). Wife uses an boat umbrella and insists on it... so the discs were designed with her skin in mind.Fair enough.
Regarding biminis--another of my opinions: an umbrella, instead, if climate permits. And any climate with seasons ought to permit.
I know it looks a little odd. But an umbrella can be put up or down when needed. It can be low, for shade where its needed. The mainsail can be easily seen by poking head out around it.
A market-style is best, with a vent. Mine is good to the first reef, about 17 knots to windward. Good all the time downwind.
The size is best measured from backstay to binnacle, the likely mount. Umbrellas are measured over the arc of the canopy, so an 8-foot umbrella is less than 8 feet point to point. Also, the ribs can go either side of the backstay, where the cloth retracts. Ergo, if backstay to binnacle mount measures 6 feet, a 7-foot umbrella may fit.
Yes, more than you wanted to know.
This makes perfect sense. Christian appears in the YouTube to be a very good sailor. He's found "solutions" of how to get from here to there which works for him on his boat.RU Christian would seem to be a very accomplished sailor. One should respect his judgment on how he chooses to outfit his boat
We each view the what ifs differently. One can critique those decisions and modify your view. One cannot past absolute judgment without knowing the sailing program and sailor more intimately then is presented in a forum such as this.