Merlin, I think it really depends where it is you sail. We sailed our Island Packet
, on a big lake in Montana (Flathead), and now in Florida
. She has one of those cool low dodgers and no bimini, which was great in the PNW and Montana. However, in Florida
, having the sun beat on our heads all day is pretty rough. A bimini is definitely in the future, although they really don't look that cool. Don't laugh, but many times we simply tie a big beach umbrella to the helm
. We look like Mary Poppins but it helps, a lot.