Originally Posted by ireaney
Hi to all Athena 38 owners and other catamaran owners that this may relate to
The interest I have is, is that in sales blurb and pictures that I have seen of some Athena's, is that they appear to have a foldaway bimini on a tubular frame/arch.
The reason I ask is that most of my sailing will be in UK waters and a permanent bimini is, I think unecessary, but to have a collapsible spray hood/bimini would be a sensible solution, therefore:
a) What area of the boat does it cover
b) Is it that functional
c) How is the material of it attached to the boat (if it does)
d) Are optional side screens available
e) If it also acts as a spray hood
does it have sensible clear windows
f) Does anybody have any pictures of it in operation ie closed open etc
I very much look forward to any information possible, from anybody if they have designed such a thing for their own boat whether it is an Athena or any other catamaran.
Enclosed are some photos of my Tobago
, being based in Denmark
, we have the same weather
patterns as you guys in the UK.
I moved the winches on the coackroof further outboard
, and rearranged the rope
runs to suit. Installed a 10 mm thick Lexan/polycarb windscreen. This is screwed to another piece of lexan
that is screwed to the coackroof . (10 mm high, 25 mm wide and cut to an appropriate angle).
The windscreen is in 2 pieces joined at a "flange" in the middle, that goes back to the "rollbar" you can see about 30 cms aft of the coachroof.
At the stern, there is a fixed inverted "u" pipe across the cockpit
, supported by a brace on each side, and a support piece that flips forward to support the bimini.
The rollbar is great for hanging on to in rough weather
, and for support when going uo to either deck
The whole roof is in one piece and clips on to the top of the windscreen, the sides zip on, and close off at the bottom. The aft is made of 2 pieces, that zip together, and is attached to the backrest, forward of the traveller.
Both sides and the 2 aft pieces have windows.
I can sail with the bimini up, and have sailed with the 3 sides closed off.
I can take more detailed pictures in a couple ofweeks or so if you want.
Only negative, is that the water
that collects fwd of the traveller, is drained into the cockpit
,so I have had a lightweight teak
grating made that is raised off the cockpit floor.
The windscreen is great for protection on all but the balmiest summer days. I made the mistake of using standard lexan
, so need to replace it this year. Will look for something that is more UV resistant, like Marguard Lexan from GE Plastics.