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Dodger Attachment Point Help

As I mentioned previously, my boat came with the stainless steel frames for the bimini and dodger, but not the canvas. I plan on starting by making the bimini (it's only a double-bowed, so it should be a good place to start). Looking ahead, though, I've been trying to figure out how the dodger attaches to the cabin top, and I think I figured it out. As you can see from the picture below, the traveler rail is mounted to a raised rail, and it looks like the grey-colored track is how the dodger is supposed to attach to that rail.



It seems like an ingenious way to handle it, since the rain (at least theoretically) can't get in there and will be sheeted off around the front of the dodger. But what is supposed to go into the slot on the track? I assume it is something with a shape similar to piping material that you use on the trim of a seat. But is that really the best bet? Seems that stuff would absorb a lot of moisture and might not dry out well in that track. Any other ideas on how to attach the dodger here, other than swapping out snaps/twist connectors?

Here's a view of the other side:
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Re: Dodger Attachment Point Help

Crud. This was supposed to go in the Gear forum, not liveaboard. Sorry!
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Re: Dodger Attachment Point Help

Ours is a combo of snaps, reinforced twists, as well as grommets with ties at the stress points. There are many different types of iterations. Look on other boats for ideas.

Yours look like a very secure way ( essentially a bolt rope idea ) which can be made by sewing in the appropriate sized rope in a double over fabric. Piping material would be kind of weak IMHO,

One thing to consider in your design is the load spread. It appears without additional snaps that your load would all concentrate on that boltrope area attached to a single section of Sunbrella. It will be taunt in this area. It would be advantageous to task some of the pressure off that with some side reinforcements such as snapped areas.
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Re: Dodger Attachment Point Help

Dave,
Thanks for the reply. There are additional snaps nearby. You can see them, for example, in this picture:



I'll need to measure the size of that opening. A bolt rope is a good analogy. I guess I could put that in a portion of bias tape.
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Re: Dodger Attachment Point Help

The fabric of the dodger is probably sewn to a luff tape like on the jib. So you need to know the diameter of the slot.
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Re: Dodger Attachment Point Help

Ccr is right.. The track is to accept the dodger front panel which is intended to have a luff tape sewn in. Slide it in sideways to centre, and the remaining canvas wraps around and snaps in place around the coaming/curb.

It's a pretty common way to attach these things.
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Re: Dodger Attachment Point Help

Jim

Check out the awning ropes on the Sailrite.com site. There are a number of different styles and materials - we used the polyester awning rope to attach our stackpack to the boom on our Gemini - worked like a charm. I accidentally ordered the vinyl when I was making a cockpit screen, but other than being tougher to sew through, worked just as well.
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