R 22

Rhodes 22


Boom Room

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 reasons:

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.

Living Space:

It really does double the boat's effective indoor living space.

Weatherproof/Insect Proof?

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.

Roger Pihlaja
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?

Ron Lipton
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 Room:

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 as follows:

  • 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.

Lloyd Crowther
12 May 2002

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