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Thistle Dew 05-09-2013 03:03 PM

New Dodger
Having a new dodger put on. Since I'm new to this, some one may have advice. The style of the old one seemed just fine to me but the canvas people are asking if I want any modifications from the old one. I'm too new to know what I should be considering. Does anyone have strong feelings about what they want to include.
The current quote includes covering the existing frame with Sunbrella fabric and 0.4 strataglass windows and using all stainless fasteners.

billsull 05-09-2013 03:23 PM

New Dodger
Is your current frame rigid or folding? I like a sturdy dodger to grab on to as I'm being flung over the rail! OK, perhaps a little over-dramatic, but I find that I'm always hanging on to, or hanging things from, the grab rail that goes across the aft end of my dodger.

Thistle Dew 05-09-2013 03:31 PM

Re: New Dodger
I guess I don't know. A rail souds like a pretty good idea. At least for some:)

kellysails 05-09-2013 03:36 PM

Re: New Dodger
MAKE sure you get snap on sunbrella window covers! They do extend the life of the window and they are generally cheaper and a better fit if you order them with the dodger.


T37Chef 05-09-2013 03:41 PM

Re: New Dodger
I would want window covers as well as zip out windows since you can really only stitch in new panels once, if they zip in you could replace as many times as you want.

I would also like to have screens to zip in IF i was going with a full enclosure otherwise theyre useless. ;)

Grab rails are a must

Thistle Dew 05-09-2013 03:49 PM

Re: New Dodger
Wow! Thanks! Window covers are a great idea since that was where the initial breakdown occurred. Next the zippers just gave out. Should they be lubed with some product for routine maintenance? Finally, it just got blown apart in a big wind at John Wayne Marina. Work is being done by canvas people from Boat Haven, Port Townsend. I happened to be there and picked them. Hope they are okay.
T37 Chef- it's an open dodger but we don't have flies here anyway. KellySails will back me up on that mythological truism!! Thanks for your good ideas.

chef2sail 05-09-2013 04:01 PM

Re: New Dodger
Side grab rails invaluable and help in safety boarding and moving forward.

Have your front panel with the glass in it glass be as big as possible so you aren't constantly looking brought zippers. Having a big picture window is better than a bunch of lines. Strata glass the best glass. Make sure you use the protectant made or it at least twice a seaon.

Lastly make sure that te dodger is high enough so you can look through it at the helm and protect the helmsman from wind and spray. Many make taking dodgers which protect companion ways but really offer no windbreak or shelter for the helmsman. On most boats I have seen this and don't understand why.

My wife makes our canvas, panels can be replaced easily. I suggest thy zip out with glass as rolling the glass detroys it.

kellysails 05-09-2013 04:01 PM

Re: New Dodger
++1 on the zip out windows. Not that we have ever done that up in the chilly PNW. Although it was discussed last weekend in our odd 84 degree weather we had for opening day of boating season.

I would like to throw out a name of a great vendor in our area, Iverson. Wow, they know how to make world class dodgers. Tough as steel. Based in Olympia WA.

coyotejack 05-09-2013 04:02 PM

New Dodger
I would definitely opt for hand rails fitted port and starboard if your frame is rigid enough to support them. Also check to see if the boomvang or boom are apt to rub on the dodger and if so you might want some leather chaffing protection sewn onto the dodger.

capecodda 05-09-2013 05:04 PM

Re: New Dodger
You are getting a list of great ideas.

You might not be able to do this without redoing the stainless tubing. I'm tall, my wife is short. We set the dodger height so that standing at the wheel she can see thru the windows, and I over it. Sitting on the rail we both can see through it. A separate handle(s) are very helpful. It's hard to stand behind the dodger and not grab it anyway, so might as well have a good spot to grab.

If you have lines lead aft as we do, we had some pockets built in on the sides of the dodger to put excess lines in.

I like a zip out window forward as well, so on a hot day on anchor I can get a breeze through easily without dropping the whole mess down.

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