Gosh have not uploaded a pic for a while forgotten how to... try again
I gotta get some more pics of the tri no excuses is there.. New Zealand
is a bit cooler yesterday at Waiheke Island where i live it was hail storms and gusting 40 knots. Often it will reach 40 or 45 knots in winter just a couple of weeks ago it hit 70 knots.. that doesnt happen much once a year. There are guys out on the pick (anchor) getting a bit worried in Matiatia Bay. Loosing dinks (we call them dinghies) solar panels
and sometimes their very own boat. It can get wild down here at Lat 37. Same as Capetown. On saying that though the cruising here in the Hauraki Gulf is second to none. I know couples and single
guys living on their boats staying manly in the Gulf. Cruising. It would hard to find a better spot in the world i believe. Off course June July and August is winter time but even then its often 60F or higher midday. In the sun you can still get very hot. Thats why the bimini over the central cockpit is a must have in my books
round here. Like you say Mark sailing with just the leward side open gives total warmth under the sun while the cold wind
blows. I believe that having the central cockpit as well covered as you can creates that living room (helm wheel
stowed). The seats are wider more comfortable. A little table and completely out of the wind
and or sun. Its not huge area like in modern boats but its ideal.
The problem is done wrong it makes the boat look horrible. I was lucky because somebody else built mine well before i bought the boat. It still could be made a bit better but the concept
is getting close. Along the bottom of the zipper side flaps is sewn a tube of lead. And it it keeps it on the deck cabin
. The side panel can be zipped off but i never do i just flip it over on to the top of the bimini roof top. It stays well in a good blow.
I dont have a see through window on top to see the sails
set but i kinda know what is going on up there anyway. I sail the boat inside the bimini cabin
, sometimes short distances i will just motor
and except its a launch. Might sound a bit foolish but i like just sitting and relaxing and not working too hard to get going. If i take off the bimini the whole boat looks like a sports car model. Bit of a joke. When that comes off (only done it 3 times in 7 years) the whole boat feels like a true searunner
while under sail is more exciting. Its all about comfort for me now not about getting another knot
going forward (not that i am not thinking about the extra knot
The Webasco heater system was also already fitted for me.. lucky again.
The unit is out in the port hull
(not big nor heavy) it is only powered by diesel
from the main diesel
tank that delivers for the new 30 Yammar that i fitted (boy never again) in a better position to that on the plans. Anyway the amount of fuel
it uses is very little amazingly so.. i used it all winter every day whilst living aboard
and it might of used 30 letres of fuel
. the only complaint if have is it drys out the boat to a crisp including us humans. The air is so dry you gotta turn it down or off after a few hours.
here is a very wet and humid so this heater works a treat. It was fitted out in the arma with an exhaust
so it becomes silent in the main hull
. the air duck goes to the stern area through out. The bunks all the way through to the table. Cosy. Also the up at the bow in the forecastle where we change its cosy. If we keep all the leigh boards out then offcourse the air goes central towards the cockpit bimini. And when full on the whole place gets cosy. It is a good idea but i know they are costly. I dont think i would have bought one either if it wasnt there. Hope this gives enough evidence on this stuff. I will try again with some pics.