I get seasick pretty easy. Which means most of the time we're underway I'm up top, sitting in the cockpit, soaking up the sun, probably getting cancer, and definitely getting old looking. So when Mack and I started talking about must-haves before we go on a long voyage, a bimini top was on my list. Not only will it give me some shade while I die, it may also keep the rain off my glasses so maybe we don't die from blind sailing when we hit bad weather.
We hit up Harbor Custom Canvas, mainly because we were recently onboard another Islander Freeport just like ours that had a beautiful and very well made bimini with a Harbor Custom Canvas tag stitched on it. It took about three months before they finally got out to the boat to take some measurements, and that was with me calling every few weeks to make sure they didn't forget about me. Finally, after what some might interpret as harassment, Dan emailed me a quote.
One that included a new dodger.
One that opened up a whole new can of worms.
Dan is a sneaky man.
We were getting some UV fabric put on our sail and a new bimini, so if we wanted to, we could do a color upgrade on Kenutu's exterior. New deck and hull paint is also on the list, so we took some samples and tried to decide if it was worth it to make this aesthetic shift.
Once the samples were on Kenutu, we succumbed to the power of suggestion. We decided to transition her from Royal Blue Tweed to Heather Beige. We thought about doing Sunbrella Plus fabric but the only color they had that in was "toast" which was my least favorite. It should be named "old man pants" because that is how bad that color is.
Now we wait, probably another three months, but hopefully by summer, Kenutu will be sporting a sweet new bimini top.
Two people dumb enough to think anything is possible and smart enough to bumble their way into discoveries.