Has anyone thought of fabricating a bimini / dingy davits similar to what Seawind has? I love their setup - as it provides a place for a grill, two seats, and davits while not taking any precious fiberglass footage. Very efficient use of space.
As I continue to follow improvements Mahe owners have made, my upgrade list grows. Re. your bimini hardtop, when you installed the AZEC panels did you lap them over the fiberglass walkway or butt them up against it. I couldn't tell from the photos. Also do you know if your SS fabricator has kept a pattern for the helm top framing and davit solar panel mount, a trip to Conneticutt may well be in my future. Any chance they will be at the Annapolis Sailboat show?
I installed a .062 inch thick x 2 inch wide x 7 foot 1-1/2 long stainless steel strips over the tube, but under the fiberglass walkway. These ss strips were on both side of the walkway and attached using the same walkway bolts.
The Azec panels were butt against the walkway and then screwed to the SS strips and tubing with #8-32 counter sunk screws that become hidden when finished.
I drilled and taped the tubing for the #8-32 counter sunk screws.
I had Mystic Stainless do my work, but any local fabricator can do this for you. The drawing are pretty simple.
Our canvas bimini on our 2010 Mahe was in need or replacement. With plans to continue cruising and spending up to 9 months a year on board, we decided to go all out and change to a hard bimini - inspired by the great conversions posted in this thread. The new bimini has been in the planning stages for some time now but at last the mold has come together. Kevin has done an amazing job, guided by our fantastic shipwright Michael. All the labour intensive work such as sanding and waxing has been Kevin's task and today the gelcoat went on. Can't wait to see how it looks when it comes out of the mold......