Re: [Amel] Amel 54 with a hardtop Bimini


We added 13" to each of the SS dodger supports and a see thru panel for over head views and forward views under way and it works. Of course we had a new dodger made. It all works very well. It's been good for over 60 kts and 2 Atlantic crossings.
Best wishes
Richard SM2o9
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-----Original Message-----
From: "BeyersWF" <BeyersWF@...>
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 14:09:36
To: <amelyachtowners@...>
Subject: RE: [Amel] Amel 54 with a hardtop Bimini

Ian & Judy,

I had my saggy cockpit covers replaced, after two feet of snow,
on my í82 Mango with a hard dodger made out of slightly smoked ĺ inch Lexan.
Iím told that I can walk on it but havenít to date. Required a single
stainless steel support strut passing just forward of the mizzen mast. Iím
5í11Ē and donít bump my head. My son is 6í 6.Ē He has to duck. Pictures
attached. Subsequent to these pictures, side curtains have been added all
around as well as additional hand holds port and starboard. The price Ė I
wonít go there but makes it a better live aboard.



From: amelyachtowners@...
[mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of Ian & Judy Jenkins
Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2010 6:04 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel] Amel 54 with a hardtop Bimini

Bill, There is a much cheaper solution--just raise the height of the three
stainless bars that hold up your present bimini by 10cm, 10cm and 25cm ( aft
to forward) and 1. You can stand up ( I can , at 6 ft) PLUS 2.You can add a
vinyl window right across the front which unzips at the top and rolls up
neatly, both for ventilation and to allow you to stand at the wheel with
your head outside for better visibility for berthing, etc.PLUS3. The vinyl
window allows you to see your sails and improves visibility forward from the
cockpit to an extraordinary degree PLUS4. You can sit on the aft coachroof
and see forward ( as in every other Amel ever built other than the SM)
The top of the bimini will now be very close to the mainsheet. This is no
problem as soon as you unfurl the main as it lifts the boom well clear.
Judicious adjustment of the topping lift clears the main sheet when the sail
is furled. We made these adjustments two years ago and I can't tell you how
much they improve the ownership of an SM. No more cricked necks!
Cheers, Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Hamble

To: amelyachtowners@...
From: yahoogroups@... <>
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 01:14:40 +0000
Subject: [Amel] Amel 54 with a hardtop Bimini

OK, every morning I get up and repeat 3 times, "I will not buy a 54, I
love my SM." And we both love our SM and try to keep it in new condition.

I just noticed a 54 for sale on yachtworld that has a custom built
fiberglass bimini cover with 2 sliding hatches and lots of handrails.
Apparently it can be raised about 6" for extra standing room and ventilation
and lowered to seal the cockpit from water. It also has a custom vinyl
enclosure to close the back side...really cool..."I will not buy a 54...I
will not buy a 54..."

I hate to advertise for yachtworld, but you might want to look at this at


s/v BeBe, SM2, #387
Currently Malaysia


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