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Old 15-08-2011, 11:43   #1
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I Finally Got a Bimiini for My Complicated Cockpit

My 1984 Wellcraft Starwind does not have a bimini friendly cockpit. The backstays and backstay adjuster come down over the wheel and the mainsheet comes down to a traveler in the cockpit. Then to top all that off, the boom is kind of low. I've put it off for two years, but I just couldn't keep getting fried all summer in the Texas heat.

I finally turned it over to a guy at the marina who lives on the boat across from mine to design something that would work. Here's what he came up with.

Starwind 27 custom bimini by ffacker, on Flickr

It's got two frames and two separate biminis that zip together on either side of the backstay. The aft half has a little bit more headroom than the front half, which has to fit under the boom. It came out much better than I was expecting. It was so nice to sail this weekend without getting sunburned.

Starwind 27 with new bimini by ffacker, on Flickr

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Old 15-08-2011, 12:19   #2
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Re: I finally got a bimini for my complicated cockpit

Congrats.. now you'll only sizzle from the reflected light and heat LOL Looks good!

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Old 15-08-2011, 13:12   #3
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Re: I finally got a bimini for my complicated cockpit

I once worked as a framing carpenter. My boss was adamant that no one should be allowed to be an architect until they had spent at least one year working as a framing carpenter.
Later I worked for a marine canvas company. You guessed it, the boss said nobody should be allowed to design a sailboat unless they've put in their time as a canvas installer.
In both cases I agreed with the boss.
Sail Fast Live Slow
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Old 15-08-2011, 13:56   #4
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Re: I finally got a bimini for my complicated cockpit

Congrats..Looks Good...I also like to see sailboats with Fishing Rod holders!!
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