If you care about your skin, install a Bimini! My first cruising boat (26 ft) I had made a dodger
, but not a bimini. By the time I got to Mexico
, I sewed up a small rectangle of cloth to attach to the back of the dodger
, and shock cord to a pole that was across the double backstays
. It didnt work near shore, or for daysailing, but made a wonderful difference once we got in the trades, and didnt have to disconnect it for every tack. The shock cord was so that if we had to tack in a hurry, it would stretch and allow the mainsheet to cross the cockpit
, without tearing the cloth. If I were to do it again, I would spend the bucks and have a proper one made, that could be left up all of the time. My last cruising boat (44ft) came with a bimini, and in 8 years in the tropics, I only folded it up once when we were anchored in a Hurricane
hole, and expecting the worst. As cruisers, we are always making compromises about speed vs comfort, and a dodger and bimini make for much more comfort, at little difference in speed. A week from tomorrow, I go to get 25 stitches out from skin cancer surgery, which my doctor says Hell Yes, it is from too much sun. Whatever my next boat is, it will have a bimini. Just my opinion. ______Grant.