when i daysailed and weekended in temperate zones in a sloop
, i didnt think a bimini
was important, and i actually thought it was stoopit. it is in the context used by daysailors and weekenders. superfluous, exactly. dodger
was enough, thankyou. we coool....
once i arrived in tropics and making longer passages in hot sun with very little wind
, for the most part, i found meself placing a beach towel under the mizzenboom as i slowly made way to next harbor i wanted to visit. ok i see why a bludi bimini
canbe a blessing. it sucks out there inda reflected blindingly BRIGHT sun...
hhhmmmmm.... and so i began researching the options.
hardtop looks funky on many boats because the carpenter
does not consider the natural curve of the boat overheads. one of my friends has a lovely huge ketch
and house roof is flat. kinda tells eyes to look, as something is out of wak..
i watched the soft tops fly away in tropical storm winds..as i sail high winds occasionally, i do not want my omy itis fading due to weathering soft top to shred as i sail.
hence the observation of a neighbor down here who tired of constantly replacing sunbrella canvas
due to wind
damages, built a hardtop.. awesome. yup.
won me over.
if ye dock
queen, daysail, weekend and short term sail, or race
, biminis are unnecesary unless you are in a rainbelt and need covered for parties. dont want to water
down the booze.
the sunshade is just as, if not more important while sailing as it is at anchor
. skin cancer is definitely out here.
direct and reflected sun cause eye damages.. what is not to want about a hard bimini if you make long sailing passages in tropical waters. lessens risk.
is also a good idea--with screen
instead of isinglass...mine will also be of wood.
but, then, my boat can support and accommodate this.
the sleek performance production sloops look like crap with these.
but i have a formosa
and can get away with this.