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13 years 1 month ago #887 by Dan Pedersen
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I would be very interested in seeing your ideas. We are trying to figure out how to redo the dodger bimini setup on Akupara and we also would like solar panels up top. Any pictures or info would be appreciatted.

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13 years 1 month ago #888 by George Chamberlain
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We're thinking about a "real" bimini for INDEFATIGABLE as well (Whitby 42) instead of the awning, so this is a timely discussion and we appreciate the insights. We're planning to check out everyone's boat that we can see at the diesel engine class in Kilmarnock next week. I'm tentatively thinking that a traditional bimini/ cockpit enclosure design would work, but to accommodate the fixed mainsheet, the aft corners of the rooftop over the cockpit would have to curve forward. And so the aft supports will have to either lean forward, or rise vertically and then bend forward. This would create a flattened "triangle" on the aft facing surface of the enclosure at the upper corners where it meets the top. the corners would have to sweep forward far enough to avoid the mainsheet as the boom swings wide on a run or broad reach, and to shed the mainsheet in a gybe. One of these days I need to mock up a frame and see how it would look. If it comes out I will post some pics.

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13 years 1 month ago - 13 years 1 month ago #890 by Deborah Streeter
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We have been very happy with the Bimini that we had fabricated out of aluminum with a strong top sewn of Stamoid fabric (water-proof and long life) w/ Gortex thread. It supports 4 - 130 watt solar panels and is strong enough to walk on the cross beams.
I have created a slideshow of the construction. Please click and enjoy.


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13 years 1 month ago #905 by John Meskauskas
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Hi, guys. We met you in Oriental the day before you departed for PA. Our hull No 2 has a Starboard hard dodger, about 9 by 8 feet on a welded frame. You're welcome to any fotos, specs, etc. It has been nice to use although if I were to do it over again I would make the top itself out of a composite like Corecell because of its lighter weight and the avoidance of lots of aluminum plate and screws to join sections. I would guess that our dodger weighs 200-250 lbs.

Please keep us posted what you decide.

John

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13 years 1 month ago #906 by Gerry O'Donoghue
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Hi John

I would appreciate any photos to "whitby42 at gmail.com".

If you wish I will format them and post them on this board.

Regards

Gerry

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