The Bimini really takes away from the sailing experience for me. I’ve spent my whole life sailing on the Bay without one and feel uncomfortable when I have one. The compromise is to keep the dodger and have a remote for the autopilot to hide from the sun on particularly oppressive days.As has been mentioned, don't throw the stuff in the cockpit area away that you think you don't want to use, if you have someplace to store it. Someone put a lot of thought into those things, judging from the photos, and it cost them thousands of dollars to make. Either you are another owner may find it useful in the future.
By the way, it may be fairly easy to increase the height of the bimini by lengthening the lower ends of the tubes, adjusting the bow position and modifying the connection to the dodger if necessary. You may regret not having protection over the cockpit on summer days in the Chesapeake, whether the sun is shining or it is raining.
When you live aboard, the cockpit becomes your back porch, and you will spend a lot of time there.
Re: the extra gear, I live on a farm and storage space abounds. I don’t throw things away. For better or worse!