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rbyham 02-22-2014 09:31 PM

Installing dodger questions
I lucked into a dodger over the weekend. It is the right color, width, height, and never been on a bit so condition is good. The isinglass is messed up from sitting in ice filled dingy but I can replace that. Obviously this was made for a different boat but I think with new snaps or possibly velcro I can anchor the front edge in a way that works . are those my main options? Anyone see another way? What would folks recommend? Snaps are probably stronger but velcro sewn to canvas and glued to fiberglass might give me more flexibility.

rbyham 02-22-2014 09:33 PM

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Faster 02-22-2014 09:55 PM

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You are very likely to use the dodger or parts of it for occasional grabbing onto for stability.. I don't think Velcro will really be up to that part of the task. Snaps would be better overall.

Another way to anchor a front portion is to sew some luff tape along the bottom and install a groove track on deck to accept it.

rbyham 02-22-2014 10:02 PM

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The dodger has several sewn in female parts of the twist connectors. Not sure what those are called. Maybe a combination of the twist connectors and snaps would yield an acceptable and sufficiently strong result.

rbyham 02-22-2014 10:21 PM

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Looked it up - common sense connectors... Weird name. :-)

Lucky dog 2 02-22-2014 10:57 PM

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As a high school teacher of teenager, I call then senders and receivers. When a student suggested I meant male and female, a freshman asked why. I told her to ask her mother. :p

mitchbrown 02-22-2014 11:11 PM

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I do some sewing myself, and have built a dodger that came out okay. I think if I were trying to make that fit I would cut it off at the bottom. following the curve of the cabin top, around 4 inches from the cabin top. Then I would design a piece of fabric to match the cabin top that would connect to the bottom of the existing dodger. use common sense fasteners to fasten to the cabin top and then sew it to the bottom of the existing dodger.

kentobin 02-23-2014 12:00 AM

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When I had a dodger made for my boat 6 years ago I just asked if using velcro rather than zippers was an option. I was told that velcro just didn't hold up.

For attaching the dodger to the cabin and cockpit he used a combination of pull it up and common sense fasteners.

My own experience has been anyplace I've used velcro outside I'm lucky if it lasts 2 years before needing replacement.

Gladrags1 02-23-2014 06:44 AM

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Why not look at what sailrite has to say on this? They have lots of how to videos and supplies to make it yourself. Follow this link: Fabric by the Yard, Ultrafeed Sewing Machines, Sail and Canvas Supplies

Good luck!


Multihullgirl 02-23-2014 08:12 AM

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Your options are snaps, common sense fasteners, or lift-the-dot fasteners. Velcro won't do it, the prior poster was right. A tight fit is important, also, for looks, to keep water from pooling on it, but also to keep the Strataglass flat for vision clarity.

Another option for notions and advice is Sailmaker's Supply, Sunbrella, Marine Canvas, Fabrics, Hardware and Supplies - Sailmaker's Supply

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