As I've continued to repair my Starwind 27, I've come across some poor engineering -- like opening portals installed at such an angle that they fill with water
when it rains -- however, nothing has presented as much challenge as the bimini
I have wheel steering
in the cockpit
. The boom hangs at about 5', right at head-smacking level over the cockpit
but ends right before the wheel
, so the helmsman can safely stand though everyone else must be wary.
The backstay and backstay adjuster
come down right above the helmsman's head
, so any bimini
would have to have holes for them.
Then the biggest issue is the traveler, which is connected along the aft edge of a bench seat that runs across the entrance to the companionway
With all that said, I figure these are my options:
a) a very short and small bimini that only covers that area from the traveler to the wheel - this would allow the helmsman to stand but might obstruct his view somewhat.
b) a tall but small bimini that only covers the helmsman and the back end of the boat - this is what another Starwind did but he says it provides very little shade. Putting an arch with solar panels
on it would probably be just as good and provide some power.
c) Raise the boom a foot and move the traveler to the top of the companionway
a la a Catalina
27/30. I could put a taller, larger bimini on, but I'd lose some sail area.
I thought about raising the boom AND putting a longer boom on it, so I could relocate the traveler to the rear of the boat, but that isn't feasible because the longer boom would hit the backstays
Any thoughts? Any ingenious solutions?
Right now everyone just gets roasted in the sun. I've thought about just supplying parasols to everyone, but it's so hard to find a good parasol with real lace embroidery these days.
Am I going to see handling problems if I move the traveler?