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New Bimini!

Posted by on August 2, 2012

Yea!! After more hours behind a sewing machine than I care to recall, the bimini is complete! All things considered (like the fact that this is my first big canvas project) we are pretty pleased with the end result.

Besides the fact that our old bimini was more than ten years old and becoming worn and faded, when we mounted the new solar panels on top of the bimini frame, our old canvas no longer fit. We sailed the Bahamas with all of the materials required for a new bimini, but in the end decided it was a project that would need to wait for more space. Plus, good friend Tanya on S/V Minx was kind enough to let me borrow her Sailrite sewing machine, which made the project SEW much easier!

Finding a way to accommodate the 10 posts that support the solar panels while still keeping us dry was quite a challenge, but Brad and I came up with a plan that involved securing two halves of the bimini together with zippers and installing a “gutter” on the underside of the bimini to prevent rainwater from dripping into the cockpit.

Also, Sailrite just launched their annual photo contest, and I’ve entered the project. You can view our entry here:

And beginning August 15, you can stop back to vote to help us with a gift certificate from Sailrite! Don’t worry – we’ll remind you!

Just a few more projects to finish, and we should be heading north soon!

(Note from Brad:  The bimini looks great, and yes, our cat LOVES corn on the cob.)

10 Responses to New Bimini!

  1. Candace

    WOW–I am impressed! I bow to your sewing skills Sabrina! I have never tried anything that ambitious, seriously, well-done!

    • Sabrina

      Well, I don’t know that it deserves all THAT, but thank you so much! That means a lot coming from you! I think my sewing naivety had a lot to do with my willingness to attempt it – it certainly took a lot longer than I expected.

  2. Aunt Heidi

    Nice job, Sabrina! And the photo of Nermal is adorable. Looking forward to the next leg of your journey. We’ve been traveling vicariously through Aubrey for the past six weeks, but she gets back from Europe on Tuesday, so it’s your turn to meet our travel needs! Much love to all three of you.

    • Sabrina

      Thanks, Aunt Heidi. We thought the photo of Nermal was just too cute not to post. We’ve been following along with Aubrey on FB, too. Sounds like she’s really enjoying the trip, and we’re so glad. We’ll actually probably be leaving Tuesday, so hopefully the timing is just right for you 😉

  3. Jeannine

    Awesome bimini. congratulations on a huge job well done. Happy for you. Looking forward to following you north. Love Mom

  4. Brandon

    That looks awesome!! Very nicely done, congrats!

  5. Tanya

    I am just so impressed! Great job!

    • Sabrina

      Thank you! And thanks again for the use of the machine. I would have given up after the first day without it. See you very soon!!

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