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Bavaria Yacht Help! / Re: Bowthruster.
« Last post by Nicho on Today at 13:01 »
Madge Marine in Port Solent. They do a nice job (not connected, or I’d get a smaller bill😀)
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Modifications & Equipment / Re: Bavaria Ocean 40 bimini
« Last post by Symphony on Today at 11:18 »
www.tecsew.com has a number of photos of biminis they have made, including several centre cockpit boats. Might give you some ideas
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Modifications & Equipment / Re: Bavaria Ocean 40 bimini
« Last post by Symphony on Today at 08:20 »
Winch handles are 200 or 250mm (actually good old imperial 8" and 10").
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While the RL 9016 is the original and is a perfect match on newish boats, it is inevitable over the years that the gel coat fades and matching becomes difficult. On my 37 of similar vintage to your boat I found the Plastic Padding gel coat filler a good match and easy to use. The challenge always with a little repair like that is blending it in with the surrounding finish, particularly difficult if it is in a large flat panel.
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Bavaria Yacht Help! / Re: bavaria 32 2002 white and blue colours
« Last post by filban on Today at 08:03 »
Thanks for the new info

Will check with east coast they can supply these pigments

It’s a very small scratch about 20 mm long which I noticed whilst cleaning before going back in the water
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Bavaria Yacht Help! / Re: Bowthruster.
« Last post by artemis on Today at 06:47 »
Smashing job I've the Exturn thruster on a B34 love it also makes life a lot easier.

Mike
Artemis
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Modifications & Equipment / Re: Bavaria Ocean 40 bimini
« Last post by Markus on Today at 05:56 »
You have clearly put a lot of thought into this project, and with lockdown over here because of the Covid 19 pandemic I can’t go to my boat to check the length of my winch handles, but I would think that 30cm clearance is not enough to stop you from taking the skin off your knuckles on each full rotation of the handle.
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If money was in plentiful supply, then electric winches would ease the situation, but where do you start to draw the line........?

Actually, I have just thought about this a few evenings now and got some ideas from your collective input and constructive criticism which has been very useful. But I did some preliminary thinking while roasting without a bimini last summer...  ;D You might well be right regarding the dimensions: due to covid-outbreak I have also been to the boat last time in November and the dimensions were based on "winching" over a coffee cup on my desk...  ;D Maybe the supports need to be vertical to allow for more space around the winches. The aft struts can be fairly diagonal so that should help a lot with the stiffness of the frame.

I think I will need to make a proper 3D model of the frame and see how it looks like...

And I definitely draw a line well before electric winches!  ;D
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Modifications & Equipment / Re: Bavaria Ocean 40 bimini
« Last post by Salty on Today at 04:07 »
Yes, agreed, I am also a bit concerned about the winches with my plan.  In principle if facing outboard 30 cm around the winch is enough but facing forward I think at least about 70 cm is required aft of the winch and 30 cm forward of the winch for some elbow room.
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Well, it's good that I have one more job ongoing so I will have to let this sink in a bit before I start ordering the piping...  ;D

You have clearly put a lot of thought into this project, and with lockdown over here because of the Covid 19 pandemic I can’t go to my boat to check the length of my winch handles, but I would think that 30cm clearance is not enough to stop you from taking the skin off your knuckles on each full rotation of the handle. I have three winch handles onboard, and while two are of fairly similar short lengths and might just allow sufficient clearance at 30cm, my favourite winch handle I’m sure would demand more space to ensure no injury, particularly when handling Genoa sheets which often require a bit of extra effort to get the sail set where you want it. If money was in plentiful supply, then electric winches would ease the situation, but where do you start to draw the line........?
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Bavaria Yacht Help! / Re: Bowthruster.
« Last post by PEA-JAY on Yesterday at 20:47 »
Impressively neat job! Where was it done? Please keep us posted.
Raph.
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Modifications & Equipment / Re: Bavaria Ocean 40 bimini
« Last post by Markus on Yesterday at 20:31 »
Yes, agreed, I am also a bit concerned about the winches with my plan.  In principle if facing outboard 30 cm around the winch is enough but facing forward I think at least about 70 cm is required aft of the winch and 30 cm forward of the winch for some elbow room. The clearance between aft and fore bimini tube at winch handle height is about 85 cm so not quite enough for forward-facing winching. I think a slight modifications could give a bit more elbow-room (see attachments). In any case I think the situation with winches is better with the wider bimini than with the supports inboard the winches, unless you go for the design in my original post, which then blocks the side entrances to cockpit...

If the supports were on deck immediately aft of the genoa track, I do not think it really increases the risk of broken toes as the track-end needs to be avoided in any case.

I think in general some inward flare of the supports would be beneficial as this significantly solidifies the structure: if the supports are vertical or outward flaring, the only thing resisting lateral movement of the whole bimini is the bending stiffness of the piping whereas some inward flare also transfers part of the lateral forces on deck.

Well, it's good that I have one more job ongoing so I will have to let this sink in a bit before I start ordering the piping...  ;D
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