Our DeFeve 41 is going to need a new bimini
top when we get back home in a few months. Rather than replacing the entire top and enclosure with sunbrella/clear vinyl I'm considering constructing a hard top made of Nida-Core and aluminum/stainless framing, supported by aluminum/stainless side supports, and adding removable sunbrella/vinyl enclosure panels
- it would be essentially a bimini
with a hard-top and standard side panels
to the bimini top is 15 feet 3 inches above the waterline when the boat is loaded and I would want the new top to be no more than 15.5 feet max air draft
. After adding solar panels
it would be close to 16 feet. In order to make the air draft less than 15 feet to clear a few fixed bridges in the northern canals, the side frames need to be constructed in such a way as to allow the top to "drop" by approximately a foot or a little more depending on the final plan with solar panels
Has anyone aware of such a design or have any ideas about how the "folding/dropping" mechanism could be incorporated?