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Erik Cornelison
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Initially Posted - 01/17/2019 :  15:42:33  Show Profile
I'm looking to order a SS frame bimini for this summer.

I'm wondering if I should order the narrow one that mounts on the coaming or the wider one that mounts on the jib tracks.

My main question is: which one do you like for functionality ,the narrow one or the wider one? Catalina Direct mentions the wider one makes it harder to move forward. For those that have the wider one, is that true?


Which ever one I get, I will mount on tracks to move back n forth as needed, either the jib track or the other track available.

So, wide or narrow bimini?



Erik


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GaryB
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Response Posted - 01/17/2019 :  18:17:58  Show Profile
My boat had the wide bimini that was fixed in place (couldn't slide it) and in my case where it was mounted it was in the way a little bit but if it had been mounted on tracks where I could slide it back it wouldn't have been bad. I always went under the bimini and between it and the cabin top.

To me the narrow one would require you to tip toe along the gunwale from the back of the cockpit and hang onto the bimini for support.

Honestly, I think it all depends on what size bimini you purchase and where you mount it.


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islander
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Response Posted - 01/17/2019 :  18:22:47  Show Profile
I have mine on top of the coaming so as to avoid the trip hazard coming or going. The loss of an inch or two in canvas coverage is insignificant as far as shade. Do a search for Bimini here and you will get many discussions.

Scott-"IMPULSE"87'C25/SR/WK/Din.#5688
Sailing out of Glen Cove,L.I Sound


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sethp001
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Response Posted - 01/17/2019 :  22:05:36  Show Profile
Not the answer you were seeking...

Do not install either of those choices. Instead, install a Bimini frame that provides for a little Bimini canvas from the the back of the boat to near the end of your boom. You get full Bimini height and no interference with moving forward or ducking to go below.

You can do it yourself or a local canvas shop can do it too.

You can see one folded up on my boat in this thread:
http://www.catalina-capri-25s.org/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=30694&SearchTerms=bimini



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Edited by - sethp001 on 01/17/2019 22:10:59
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Erik Cornelison
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Response Posted - 01/18/2019 :  15:44:27  Show Profile
Interesting..could you post a picture of the Bimini unfolded and set-up?

I'm not sure if that bimini give's enough shade for Lake Powell, UT, but I haven't written your idea off either..

Erik


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Not the answer you were seeking...

Do not install either of those choices. Instead, install a Bimini frame that provides for a little Bimini canvas from the the back of the boat to near the end of your boom. You get full Bimini height and no interference with moving forward or ducking to go below.

You can do it yourself or a local canvas shop can do it too.

You can see one folded up on my boat in this thread:
http://www.catalina-capri-25s.org/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=30694&SearchTerms=bimini


Erik Cornelison
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islander
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Response Posted - 01/19/2019 :  05:39:49  Show Profile
Neither Bimini set up gives the cockpit full coverage and will depend on your preference. What Seth has is something that I have thought about adding to my existing Bimini to get full coverage. My plan was to add a two bow Bimini, Mounted to the railing sides aft of the gates. The canvas would fold forward up to the backstay. That area would have the stand up room.

Scott-"IMPULSE"87'C25/SR/WK/Din.#5688
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Voyager
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Response Posted - 01/19/2019 :  16:13:34  Show Profile
Dave Stinkpotter added my bmini (thank you Dave) and its rigidly mounted on the gunwales in line with the stern pulpit, so I presume its the narrow version. It rocks forward and back somewhat that helps with different sun angles. It also covers the open companionway in case of rain.

Ive added a piece at the back to hang down about 10-12 to reduce the sun while sailing easterly during the late afternoon 5-7pm when youre totally cooked on your way back after a long day out. I tip the bimini back for maximum effect.

I originally used an extra large beach towel, but got clever with Sunbrella and straps since then.

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islander
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Response Posted - 01/19/2019 :  17:43:30  Show Profile
I'd like to see that set up Bruce. My stern faces west at the dock and have done the tilting and towel trick when hanging out late in the afternoon but I'm always looking for an improvement.

Scott-"IMPULSE"87'C25/SR/WK/Din.#5688
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Voyager
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Response Posted - 01/20/2019 :  08:04:37  Show Profile
I use a Sunbrella boom tent draped over and held in place by the grommets. Pretty simple. My boom tent is 8x10

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Erik Cornelison
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Response Posted - 01/21/2019 :  12:57:33  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by Voyager

I use a Sunbrella boom tent draped over and held in place by the grommets. Pretty simple. My boom tent is 8x10



Yes I have a similar setup - tan 8'X 12' canvas using bungie's to the railing..I use it for when it snows. But I can' use the main sail then and it does look a little rednecky.

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