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    Default Protecting the helm

    I am looking for ideas to provide some protection to the helm station while underway. Has anybody designed some kind of bimini or splash guard for this? Or is everybody else getting beat to hell when sailing in foul weather? I have a P43 1992
    thanks

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    Default Re: Protecting the helm

    In my opinion, no one should have to get cold and wet on a cat going to windward, or any other direction. That would be as crazy as sailing wearing a sowester and thick wollen pullover while heeling over on your ear! We have surely grown out of that some time ago.

    There must be plenty of good designs for you to copy. I certainly hope so.

    Good luck.
    Mike
    Nothing works on an old boat, except the skipper.

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    Apparently not very many since no one has offered any. And it's not just cold and wet. Today I was stuck out there in the hot mexican sun. (like I have it so bad)

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    Hello,

    I am planning to design/build a new hard top bimini this fall mainly to provide protection to the helm. I've penned a few simple ideas thus far. Basically thinking of a small extrusion off the stainless arch (aft support of the bimini) that will be a housing for canvas &/or isen-glass. I'll certainly post here when I get a solid plan that I'm prepared to build.

    Let me know if you have any ideas.

    Cheers,
    CAPT Luke
    SV Luna
    1995 Privilege 45

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    If it is just sun protection you need maybe worth considering a Mantis Shade (or 2) https://www.pro-techt.com/

    Have seen them on boats and are very well made. I have never used one or have any relationship with the company.

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    Not the same boat, but an idea: http://www.multihulls4us.com/forums/...2024#post62024

    Mark
    Mark Cole
    Manta 40 "Reach"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    If it is just sun protection you need maybe worth considering a Mantis Shade (or 2) https://www.pro-techt.com/

    Have seen them on boats and are very well made. I have never used one or have any relationship with the company.
    Had one of these. It wouldn't stay up in any breeze. The shade it threw was too small to be useful. Gave it away to a landlubber.

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    Default Re: Protecting the helm

    Colemj, Thanks. I have a hard top which is great. The jib sheets prevent me from just extending it out wide enough to protect the helm.
    I like the Mantis shade idea, but with SVNeko's experience, I'm hesitant to try it.
    I guess I'll just keep dreaming up ideas until one sticks.

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    We have just finished building a hardtop for a P37. There are certainly easier ways, but someone might find a bit of inspiration.

    Check http://sy-ls.blogspot.com

    Go to the "Teknisk" (Technical) tab to find the story. it is in english.

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    Hallo,

    Tusen takk. That was quite an impressive build you completed. We are currently in the process of working with a professional here in Florida to do the same. I hope it turns out as good as yours. Very impressive web page. My wife is Norwegian and we will be in Oslo, headed for Trondheim and Alta next month to visit family. I'm very excited to experience my first National Dagen (17 May).



    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky Strike View Post
    We have just finished building a hardtop for a P37. There are certainly easier ways, but someone might find a bit of inspiration.

    Check http://sy-ls.blogspot.com

    Go to the "Teknisk" (Technical) tab to find the story. it is in english.

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    Default Re: Protecting the helm

    Many owners of older catamarans have such plans and like to hear what others have done to get themselves a hardtop. Hope you will post about yours too.

    And do take wool sweaters to Northern Norway .

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