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Old 24-01-2010, 11:23   #1
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Hi All

New to sailing so please be gental.

I have a 36ft Albion Steel Hull Cruising yacht. It has no fridge and barley any electrics and no binmini either.

I was thinking of building a strong double hoop to mount everything on. It would also be great for leaning on when having a piss over boad : )

What are peoples thoughts on this. And if so, what should I make it out of and how thick the material. I am guessing steel. Has anyone any pis or designs they could through my way. I also have a wind vane, would a hoop interfere with it operation?

I bought the boat of an Irish guy but here in Sydney it gets pretty hot so I need shade and and something to keep my beer cool. Any idears and pics would be great.
Thanks Chris
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Old 24-01-2010, 13:17   #2
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Welcome to the forum.
I'll leave it to others to recommend structural bits, but to your windvane question, our previous boat a Lord Nelson 35 had a Monitor windvane which worked very well.
We had a big solar array, and full sterncloths around the cockpit.
I wouldn't worry too much about airflow. Main thing is eliminating as much friction in the steering and related cables for the windvane as well.
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Old 24-01-2010, 13:37   #3
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Chris, probably a bit far to post, but give you a starter, price isn't bad for UK. Don't overlook having one made in ali either given your location. Huge weight saving over S/S.

A Frame Rib Boat Inflatable Folding Stainless Steel on eBay (end time 25-Jan-10 15:52:35 GMT)

Also worth doing a search on here, I think there was a thread a couple of months ago about "show us your bimini" which might be useful.

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