Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bimini Frame


karkauai
 

Hi Alexandre,
I'm curious about the height of your boom over the cockpit.  I have to pull down on the frame for the original cockpit cover (not a true Bimini like your added one) to get it aft without scraping tightly against the boom.  I guess I could raise the boom some at the topping lift, but I don't think it would help my sail shape any when close hauled.

Could you measure the distance from the bottom of the end of the boom to the cockpit sole, both with the boom cinched down and with the sheet relaxed?

On my extension to the Amel cockpit cover, the aft end has grommets on both outboard sides that attach with lines to the  mizzen shrouds that are abeam of the mizzen mast.  On the inboard ends where it is cut to go around the mizzen are two more grommets.  I tie these together above the mizzen boom but below the tack of the sail.  That way I can keep the extension up while using the mizzen.  Because it sagged a lot with rain accumulation, I added two aluminum poles as stiffeners to the pocket in the aft seam and a grommet in the center of each side.  I run a line around the poles and through the grommet which ties off at the aft mizzen shrouds.  Now I can slide the lines up the shrouds for easier cockpit access, or to angle the aft ends down to reduce sun in the cockpit or give the extension enough shape to keep rain water from accumulating on top.
I'll add a pic or two to the photos section.

Thanks,
Kent
SM243
Kristy


On Aug 5, 2015, at 1:16 PM, Alexandre Uster von Baar uster@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Good morning Paul,

Congratulations on being the new owner of #259

I posted some picture of my biminis on
http://nikimat.com/bimini.html

In my opinion, the original Amel bimini is great for moderate cold climate. It protects well from the wind. Plus with side panel it really keeps the cockpit warm. Also great for spray in stronger seas.
There is even an extension that will fully cover the rest of the cockpit (but in my case won’t be able to use the mizzen).
I feel it is a little too hot in the summer and ned more ventilation (but I am in the Bahamas).

The previous owner of my vessel, added a second set to arch and a bimini with a space/gap above the dodger that provides great ventilation.
As you will see on the pictures he used the 2 added arch, plus the long one of the original Amel Bimini.
I like that solution. Also, being fairly tall it is easy for me to look through the space/gap to dock the boat.

Since that bimini was lost in Martinique, I quickly made a temporary one (only using the 2 added arch) to stil benefit of the gap and breeze and still have sunshade, then made an extension.
When I find a reliable company, I will make a similar bimini to the one made by the previous owner.
I will use the same material that Amel used, which is: double stamoid and have these heat sealed.

What I like on both (original Amel or previous owner added) bimini, is that they are so easy to fold (just move the boom).
at night, either sailing or having dinner, I like to see the open sky.

Hope that helps. But before you rush, wait to see what other Amel owner have come up with solution. They might have come with better solution.

Sincerely, Alexandre

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On Wed, 8/5/15, osterberg.paul.l@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bimini Frame
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 11:12 AM


 









 Hello! Ian &
Judy
I'm a new
owner of an SM #259, and need a new Bimini and find your
comments very interesting especially
the:-
We never need to fold the bimini down  while the boat is in
commission- We have
wonderful ventilation in the cockpit when
required.Do you have any
photos to send or publish on the forum?Anyone else who
have good ideas on how to improve the Bimini are welcome to
comment and send photos. One  often need an extension to
the Bimini when sailing especially in Greece and Turkey as
wind rather often very gentle and sun not very gentle at
all.
Paul on SYKerpa SM
#259
sykerpa@...
 









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