The inspiration for my Bimini installation came from reading the ‘Stingy Sailor’ website. If you own a Catalina 22, check out Ken’s website – it is hands down the best resource on how to upgrade your Catalina 22 without blowing your budget.
Initially I was put off installing a Bimini after seeing the $350 retail price on Catalina Direct’s website.
But ‘Stingy Sailor’ Ken’s Budget Bimini Top Solution had a Bimini installed on SV Mia Noi for $135 (postage included). The 3″ slide track set me back $36.
I purchased my Bimini from Marine and RV Direct. I recommend checking these guys out. They took the time to chat on the phone and discuss the best options to install the Bimini on SV Mia Noi the way I wanted. RV Direct sold me additional ‘straps and stainless steel’ clasps, allowing me to avoid attaching the Bimini supports to the stern pulpits. Instead, I installed ‘stainless steel eye straps’ at the stern and forward of the cockpit.
Unlike ‘Stingy Sailor’, I didn’t trim the length of the poles. My boom sits high enough to allow the Bimini to completely deploy. It’s high enough to enable you to stand in the cockpit without bending over.
See the photos for a more detailed look how the Bimini is shipped, installed and in use.