My husband and I were gifted a Pearson 26. We are looking into getting a Bimini for it. Does anyone have the specifics for this? Is there a good place to get one that fits without costing an arm and a leg?
Welcome to the Forum @LUS .. Glad you are here.
There is a saying among sailors.... ”It will only cost another Boat Buck!”
Congrats on receiving a free boat. That means you have more boat bucks to spend on the things you may want. I have found the best tool for me to save money for cruising is to distinguish between “Needs” and “Wants”. I try to stick to only buying those things I need. Letting the things I “Want” to stay on the List... sometimes they move up to need or fall off the list.
There is a repeating add here on the website offering to give you a quote for a Bimini. Most are not cookie cutter equipment. The bimini is built for the boat as it is configured. You may find that a local canvas shop in Georgia can provide the best bimini for your boat.
Welcome, LUS, to SBO. Congratulations on your new vessel; a Pearson 26 is quite the gift. You have chosen well in joining us here. There is a great deal of knowledge, skill, expertise and fun in our crew of sailors. We are happy to share and eager to impress; so, I know you won't have any regrets.
Unfortunately, I am not one of those with knowledge and skill in this area. I know canvas work is expensive. There are so many different model boats out there, it is the norm to have something like a bimini custom made. With a little artistic skill and equipment, many sailors make their own. There are marine salvage companies you can Google that will have a wide range of biminis and canvas that can be modified to fit. There are likely ones in your area.
Tell us a little about your sailing and boating experience, the general area for boat is sailing in, and what kind of do-it-yourself work you are comfortable with? Is this your first sailboat? This whole venture of sailboat ownership is exciting, but there is, as I'm sure you can see, a lot of work and expense to it. We are all here to help make that as pleasant for you as it is for us.