I don't see many full biminis around here, which is odd considering our weather
. If I'm on the boat the sides and backs are rolled up in the summer, day and night, in the winter they're up when I'm underway but otherwise they're down. I sail when I can, often just to do it. Perhaps I'm the exception but in this neighborhood the determiners seem otherwise. In the gulf islands most of the time if you're sailing you are making short tacks or jibes since it's all channels that the prevailing winds run up and down and it seems a lot of people don't like to sail under those conditions. In the Georgia
Strait it's mostly larger boats since conditions can get more intense and small craft warnings are not unusual. Although the tack can be a long one the prevailing winds mean that if you are going to one end or the other of the strait you have to be prepared to take the long way and again it seems many folks aren't willing to be controlled by the winds.
I enjoy being exposed to the sky when sailing on someone elses boat for sure but much prefer having a bimini
to not. With the bimini I can hide from the sun in summer and duck the wind
in winter. Mostly I'm sitting on the combings or standing on the lazarette to see anyway and the bimini probably isn't that much of a factor with regards to where I sit or stand since the pilothouse deck
is fairly high anyway and restricts visibility from the cockpit
. With the pilothouse I can go below and still see really well.
When the weather
gets cool I can limit the dampness and draft
at night by closing the bimini up. It makes a surprising difference. I have a large foredeck and hang out on it more then the cockpit, which seems different from what I see with most people. If I'm motoring under AP I'm out on the foredeck. Now you're talking visibility!
I suspect with a different vessel this post would look very different.