The Multihull sailing journal of Gavin and Catherine LeSueur and their three children - Estelle, Baden and Fletcher. Now 25 years and six multihulls down the track they continue the adventure of life at sea...


October 2017

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Tuesday, October 3rd

The finished hardtop from on deck

hardtop (88k image) The clears are designed to open and close readily on zips at the front. The sides roll up and a full sun protection is sizzed onto the clears for blockout. Seems to work a treat!
docgav on 10.03.17 @ 05:30 PM EST [link]

The deck layout on the hardtop.

bimini3 (182k image) All wiring is internal in the foam. Three panels, lighting for cockpit and BBQ and a sliding pilot hatch which give the helmsman a panaoramic view of the sails

docgav on 10.03.17 @ 05:29 PM EST [link]

The hardtop is finished!

bimini2 (83k image)It was a labour of love and the final fit and painting took a significant time. Eventually clear, solar panel, pilot hatch and tiring were done and now to make the most of it. Our goal was to make the hardtop to a standard that looks like she was original to the design. Critics would say we have added weight. We have, but at the benefit of increased usability. We can reef faster, safer and quicker - and unreef similarly. Maintenance does not need to be delayed and it is sooooo much better in the cockpit. Cooler, more room, no leaks!
docgav on 10.03.17 @ 05:27 PM EST [link]