|INMA has a standard Lalizas bimini. Part numbers purchased were 14270, 14262 and 14264 from Whitworths http://www.whitworths.com.au/ |
Now for the info on the boat. INMA does not have a backstay, rear safety rails and the engine is in the well. The bimini mounts on the aluminium gunnel with pop rivets and thumb screws (I donot know the part numbers) for the pins. Its roof is sloping forward in anticipation of the worst winds coming over the bow.
I am yet to install the support poles but do intend to mount them forward so that I can remove the forward straps and free up some clearsnce for the crew.
The literature with the bimini recomends it is designed for winds in the 15-20 knot range. We have certainly sailed in those wind strengths without drama but I do not intend to find out how much wind it takes to destroy the bimini. The bimini is very lightweight and has no effoect on performance when cruising, I suspect the happy helmsperson aids the overall boat performance.
I have set the bimini to miss the boom by about 20-30mm, all the shade as far forward is important.
It would not be easy to use the bimini with backstays or an engine on the stern. The installation on rear liferails might take a bit of fiddling.
I have set up the stern of INMA to take a BBQ, tiller pilot and fishing rod holders and they all mix and match depending on the needs.
There are some photos of INMA on the MSN site http://groups.msn.com/TrailerSailerPlace/photoalbum1.msnw?Page=15 that shows how it works. Unfortunately I do not have a wide angle shot of it rigged.
Those at the RL24 nationals this year saw how quickly we took the bimini down when faced with 40-50 knot winds. It takes 2 people a few seconds to remove and 2 people a couple of minutes to erect. At the end of the day, the sun protection created by the bimini is fantastic.
I know a recent RL28 buyer that quickly had his wife on side for the new boat when she realised that they could sail with the bimini up. Guys, once your wives find out about biminis you will not have a choice, divorce - bimini, divorce - bimini, bimini wins every time.