12th July 2017 at 8:23 am #29693AnonymousInactive
my name is Ulrich and currently I am cruising the Baltic Sea with my Nauticat 331 “Timpetee”.
Next year I want to bring her to the Mediterranean an so I need a bimini.
Has anybody her in this forum any experiences in equiping this boat with a bimini?
Any ideas, fotos etc. would be highly appreciated.
Regards and fair winds from Warnemünde
Ulrich12th July 2017 at 11:08 am #29971Trevor DoranParticipant
Yes. We keep our 331 in the Ionian and have had a good big Bimini for about seven years now. It is excellent and essential.
We keep our boat in Levkas and it is looked after by Contract yacht Services. It was made locally and the whole thing was conceived and executed by Contract yacht services.
We have modified our 331 extensively and raised the mizzen boom by around 15cms and to give good headroom under the Bimini. This did not reduce sailing performance. We have never regretted it at all and are just grateful.
Sally and Trevor Doran – Dreamcatcher.12th July 2017 at 4:04 pm #29990AnonymousInactive
The problem is fitting a 4 cornered shade to a 3 cornered boat ! I have seen several versions and none seem to look as if they were meant to be there, that said they sure are useful when sailing in the med as we do on our N33. However, the wheelhouse is a very comfortable place to be when the sun is too much.
Please see pix of an adaptation I have made for in-harbour use. Our mizzen cover is US style, I’ve., very deep. At more than 1m wide it was already a good shade and fastened fore and aft. We adapted a Kookaburra Sailshde by attaching matching clips and fix it to the opened out mizzen cover. The pix are when we use it for the first time so you will understand a little rig tweaking is needed. The Sailshade cost me €25 and th clips €10. Good luck !
Ps, we bought our boat in NL and took it to the Med via the EU canals, marvellous trip, don’t rush it !13th July 2017 at 8:56 am #30032AnonymousInactive
Hi Sally and Trevor,
do you have any Pictures of your bimini?
This could be a great help for my craftsmen here…
Ulrich15th July 2017 at 3:00 pm #30165Trevor DoranParticipant
We do and I hope I have attached the most useful one for you, but I really do not understand how this web site works!!! If it is not in my reply , let me have your email address and i will send it direct.
Good luck Trevor Doran
Attachments:15th July 2017 at 8:19 pm #30170AnonymousInactive
this is exact the bimini I want to install, but I want to do it here in Germany, because there ist also a lot of sun on the way to Greece.
Maybe you have some other photos, which you can send to firstname.lastname@example.org ?
Regards from the Baltic sea
Ulrich18th September 2017 at 4:41 pm #31139AnonymousInactive
Thanks for all the good advice.
Ma bimini is installed.
Ulrich2nd November 2017 at 4:50 pm #31366John CrumpKeymaster
When I bought SKYLER two years ago, it came with 6 stainless steel posts about 3 ft long. The lower end of each post is welded to a squared hoop that fits over the top handrail and is secured with a stainless steel pin. The tops are fitted with a hook. I have recently made a cockpit boom tent to fit these posts, using canvas to match our stack packs. It is necessary to untie the forward lazy jacks on the mizzen but the cover works perfectly – stretched athwart-ships with shock cord ties and tensioned fore and aft with central cords to the mast and the back end of the mizzen boom. Looking forward to trying it in sunny weather next year!
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