After spending several hundred dollars & countless hours of my time
in custom designing & building my bimini room, I may not be
completely unbiased. However, I think my bimini room is better than a
combination of the OEM bimini top & boom room from GBI for the following
Many pieces of gear on the Rhodes 22 are designed to function in more
than one role. Factory standard examples of this strategy would be
the dining room table & the companionway hatch board. This strategy
has the advantage of providing greater capabilities while saving
weight & space. Assuming the goal is to have both a bimini top & boom
room, my design gives the capabilities of both.
Storage requirements with my bimini room are less because the bimini
top provides the roof & supporting framework for the boom room. These
components all store together rolled up under the bimini top. They don't
interfere with the operation of the bimini top, when that's all you want
& are more quickly deployable for the boom room when you need it.
The only bimini room components which must be separately stored are the
port & starboard side curtains. These components do not have any rigid
pieces/parts, they are just canvas. Thus, they roll up & store very compactly.
I don't know about the OEM bimini top from GBI, but my bimini top has
standing headroom under it while also allowing for light air sailing
with it up. On a hot day, this makes sailing MUCH more civilized.
Because the bimini top is mounted on swivels on the gunnel, it is
always readily available & quick to set-up. My front & rear roof
extensions deploy quickly from the bimini & don't involve setting up
any other supporting structure. With the pop top & bimini up and the
front & rear roof extensions deployed
Roger K. Pihlaja
13 Feb 2001
I don't have the GBI factory boom room. Instead, I built my own
using the bimini top folding framework. However, it is of similar size &
design to the factory boom room. There are a couple of pictures of my bimini
room on the photo website.
It really does double the boat's effective indoor living space.
Here in Michigan, at certain times of the year, there are a lot of
biting insects. So, having an insect proof living space is pretty important.
The pop top enclosure & boom room do pretty well here as long as you make
certain all the snaps & zippers are properly secured. The enclosure
canvas adds a lot of windage. Is there was a big blow coming, you wouldn't
want to leave the canvas up, especially if you were lying to an anchor. It's
hard on the canvas & the extra windage might tend to make the boat drag
anchor. However, in any reasonable sort of rain storm, the canvas does a
pretty good job of keeping out the weather.
With the enclosure up, no one can see in. But, it's a tent. Sound
travels thru it like it wasn't there.
Royal PITA Factor:
Its just one more thing you have to setup when you arrive & then dry
off, fold-up, & properly stow before you leave. However, even though it's
expensive & a bit of a royal PITA, if it keeps you from buying a
bigger boat, then it's well worth the money & trouble.
Hope this gives you a bit more perspective on the boom room, Al. If
you have any specific questions, then ask away.
S/V Dynamic Equilibrium
10 May 2001
The original owner of "Empress of Blandings" took a videotape
of boat delivery and setup. The final few minutes show the assembled
boom room. There appears to ba a rigid top framework which is no
longer with the boat. I have heard PVC tubing mentioned on the
list. Can anyone provide a description of how the boom room is
assembled and what parts I might need?
11 May 2002
Ron. I recently purchased a boom room from Lloyd Crowthers here on the
list. It uses 1" PVC tubing for the frame. I've looked for the e-mail
where he described the pieces used to set it up but I can't find the list
of the inventory with all the dimensions. But I'll tell you this: all the
pieces fit together horizontally around the top panel and the side panels
secure the top. I'm going to hopefully sail this week and I'll measure the
pieces and get back to you.
11 May 2002
Here is the data I sent Steve about the size of the PVC tubing for the Boom
There are ten pieces of one-inch white plastic pipe that evidently form the
frame that holds up the outer edges of the top of the Boom Room. they are
- 4@ 78" straight
- 2@ 48" straight w/elbow at one end
- 2 @ 31" straight w/ elbow at one end
- 2@ 36" w/tee fittings on both ends.
These come in a canvas bag 61" long and about 3-3/4" diameter. They weigh
about 5 lbs. without any packing.
s/v UHURU II
12 May 2002