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    Posted: 01 February 2020 at 19:56
Hi, 
I'm considering to add a Bimini with enclosure. Anyone whom has recommendations on what design to go for?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote GUHaus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 February 2020 at 02:12
So we have a Hanse 455-
We did put on an after market dodger. 
Initially we used a "FLY" which attached to the dodger, and then we would hang off the back stays. These pictures show the "FLY". We only used this at anchor, or on a mooring, and it works very well. However, the way that the middle of the Fly was kept up involved tying it to the end of the boom, so not good under sail. 




We upgraded to a bimini and "jumper" arrangement this summer. I have included some pictures to show How it looks on the boat now. 

We had the Bimini made with some clear windows which could be uncovered, so we could view the sail trim while sailing. 

Only down side was that it could be awkward looking at the main sail while hoisting the sail. 



Best of luck, and let me know if you have any questions. 
I had to use pretty low resolution pictures to post on this site. 
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Thanks, missed your post earlier. I looks great on your boat.

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Your dodger and Bimini setup looks great. The white fabric contrasting with the blue hull makes it look smaller then it is. Much better then a white hull and dark bimini. 

Do you find the dodger provides enough weather protection for the front seat on the cockpit? 

I’d like to add a dodger with enough coverage that the first seat would stay dry on passages. 

How is the head height coming out of the companionway? The factory option was to low.  

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We had a local maker in Portsmouth RI do the dodger, and also the Bimini. (http://www.thurstonsails.com/canvas_index.html)
He was able to customize the height of the dodger, so that it was acceptable to my view (6'1"), and my wife's view (5'6"). The restriction is the boom (which is quite high!).  The canvas maker also mounted the Bimini on the deck, not on the stanchions on the stern. This brings in the bimini by a few inches, but is not a bother.  He also built in clear windows with a drop down canvas flap over both helms, so you can view the sail shape underway. 

Only complaint, is you have to stand awkwardly to view the hoist of the sail, but I don't see a way around this issue to have the sun coverage on the boat.   

He has discussed putting solar panels on the dodger and Bimini, but we have not pulled the trigger, as we are typically only out 2-3 days at a time. 

Drop me a line if any questions- 

Derek 
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Where we sail it is usually vital to have a good bimini to block the sun. My only advice is to have the canvas maker make sure that it is easy to remove. When we bought our 385 in 2016 it came with a large bimini that literally required tools to remove and then store some of the steel tubing. It was a two-man job and hard to do. I had another bimini made that was about 25% smaller, but could be easily removed in a matter of minutes. And I don't have extra tubing to store somewhere. I think this is vital in case a bad storm comes up and you quickly need to take down the canvas to prevent damage. I learned the hard way that you don't want to be messing with tools when the wind is blowing hard and you just want the bimini taken down. 
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In Australia, we have the highest occurrence of skin cancer in the world so sun protection is a high priority.  On our previous boat, a Bavaria 40, the original owners had installed a full Bimini which overlapped with the dodger.  It gave excellent sun and rain protection at all times.  The Bimini had two windows.  However, I found it extremely difficult to view sail trim through the windows so was constantly flying blind.




When we ordered our 418 in 2018, we went with the locally designed dodger/Bimini/link sheet arrangement, which gives us the best of both worlds.  Not inexpensive but worth every cent.

We sail with just the dodger and Bimini in place. Now I can see the sails for trim and can quickly zip the link sheet into place for sun or rain protection if needed.  While not as good coverage wise as the previous arrangement, it certainly is the best solution for compromise in my opinion.

The “canvas” is zippered onto the frame of both the dodger and Bimini and can be relatively quickly removed from the frames by undoing a couple of zippers

We have just recently installed two 100w flexible solar panels on the Bimini.  These are zipped on and can be removed quickly should we need to remove the Bimini.







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If you follow this link you will get to a review of a 458 locally prepared here in Sydney in the last 12 months and will see its Bimini solar setup too.  Same supplier and may give you some ideas for 458.

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