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Old 16-01-2008, 19:57   #286
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This Bimini is nice. This is What they put on the Charter Mahe 36's boats in BVI. It just clears the boom.

Its a Custom Bimini - Oversized fixed aluminum frame w/ cockpit light.
They charge $8,750

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Old 16-01-2008, 20:33   #287
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Wow, that looks better than the factory ones I have seen. I like the increased coverage. Do you know the manufacturer? I want to make sure it is the one I have installed. Thanks for the pics!
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Old 17-01-2008, 04:36   #288
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I agree this is the kind of Bimini I would go for. These two Mahe 36's are in Road Reef Marina (Tortola BVI)just west of Road Town. It must be a local fabrication, because the boats were delivered with no Bimini's. I will be there on 1-2-08, so maybe I can inquire and take some close up pictures to get the real details.
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Very nice bimini.Mine is about he same.you can go back in thr thread and look at it.we also have AC on the boat,one 9000 BTU starboard side and a 12000 BTU on port side .3.5KW Gen in the starboard engine room.it gets a little noisy in the starboard cabin.By the way my bimini opens over the helm so you can stand up for better visibility.it also overlaps the salon roof by 2' so you can stay dry on windy rainy days.JC.
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Jean1146,
What # thread shows your Bimini? See top right corner. This post is #289
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cotemar you can see my bimini on thread 224 and 197.I also have an LED light above the table,white and red for night vision.I also have six rod holders so my fishing poles are always ready.....it is a nice set up but kind expensive.on the top I have a 24" wide fiberglass top so I can furl and zip the sail. JC.
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Jean1146,

That is a nice Bimini and it opens to stand. How sweet is that.
Is yours an aluminum frame or SS?
Was it more or less expensive than the (Tortola BVI)Mahe 36 bimini's at $8,750 ?
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Cotemar mine is all aluminum.it was more expensive,about $10,000.it was worth every penny.
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30 hp engines

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I just got back from bringing my boat from SXM to Panama. I wanted to give some feedback on the upgraded 30hp engines....they are great. I really didnt want the upgraded engines but had to purchase them in order to get this boat. I am now so glad that I have them. My Mahe motors at 10 knots at 3000 RPM in flat water and easily goes 8-9 knots in some chop at about 2600 rpms with these engines. Nice to know I have some power when/if I ever need it to get me out of danger. My local FP dealer was on the boat during the trip and he says he will HIGHLY recommend the bigger engines now that he has used them himself.
May not be for everyone but just wanted to pass along my experience since when I queried for information about the bigger engines, no one seemed to have much experience with them.
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Istyles is 3000 RPM maximum operating range? on my 20' 2200 RPM is what is rcomended by Volvo. That's about 6 to 7 Knots depending on the conditions,burning less than 1 GPH on both engines.JC.
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You can operate the D1-20's at 2400 to 2500 rmp and reach max torque and h.p. and still only burn 1 gallon per hour for both engines, the max rpm is 3200. Here is a spec sheet on the engines:
http://www.volvo.com/NR/rdonlyres/D9...AE6/0/D120.pdf

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Thanks scott. I have been cruising at 2200 RPM,but I will now try 2400.probably will gain another knot may be.JC.
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I would like to mention that you could operate these engine at 2800 rpm with no problem at all and get even more power out of them, but you would be burning around 1.5 gallons per hour. I routinely operate the engines at 2500 to 2700 rpm's for extended periods of time and have cruised at 7+ knots. You just burn more fuel and have a little more engine noise, but if you want to make that anchorage before dark........
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For the 30 hp engines:
On our trip we figured that motoring at 2700 rpm which we did for 15 hrs straight at one point (no wind) we used about 1.1 gallon/hr using both engines. Operating at 2000rpm we figured we used about 0.8 gallon per hr for both engines. Charging the batteries used about 0.7 per hr both engines.
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For the 30 hp engines:
On our trip we figured that motoring at 2700 rpm which we did for 15 hrs straight at one point (no wind) we used about 1.1 gallon/hr using both engines. Operating at 2000rpm we figured we used about 0.8 gallon per hr for both engines. Charging the batteries used about 0.7 per hr both engines.
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I keep seeing this kind of evaluations for marine stuff and still do not get it.
I know currents etc make a difference in SOG but mpg is a more real figure to me.

If one burns a little more fuel but goes faster then the total time the engine is run and the amount of fuel burned could be the same.............in many instances.........what am I missing...........???
Besides the fact that for each setup there is an optimum that takes a long time to find.
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