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03-05-2014 10:14 AM
jimgo
Re: Installing dodger questions

One idea would be to take/cut the bottom bracket off the existing frame and make extensions. The extension I'm envisioning would have 2 pieces. The first piece is the main, "outer" piece and is your desired 6" long piece and it matches the outer and inner diameters of the existing frame. If it was mounted using set-screws, the original bracket can be reused and put at the bottom of this first piece. The second piece of the extension is an inner tube whose outer diameter is the same as (actually just a HAIR smaller than) the inner diameter of your existing frame's tube. This one would be cut to be about 12" long. The inner tube slides inside the main, outer extension tube and also into the existing frame. Set-screws, pins, or bolts are used to attach the inner piece/tube to both the existing frame and the outer piece of the extension.

Another idea would be to use something like this:
Stainless Steel Rail Fitting Tees 90 deg 1-1/4"

Or this:

Stainless Steel Connection 1"

I'm not sure how well something as short as those would work if someone pulls on/leans on/falls against the bimini, though. I think I'd prefer to have some of the force distributed along a bigger portion of the frame, that's why I suggested the set-up above. Of course, never having actually done any of these options, I could be WAY off base, but...

And, of course, the most obvious way to get the desired 6" is to buy a new bimini that is taller than you need and "just" cut it down.
03-04-2014 11:38 PM
rbyham
Re: Installing dodger questions

Yes it came out well leaving me now with a different question. My profile pic shows the original bimini still in place. It is now gone but would appear to be a candidate to shade the rest of the cockpit if hung right. It fits length and width wise real well. The challenge is height. Using the coaming just forward of the primary winches would seem most natural. However how do I get the needed 6" height increase needed to give me clear vision forward over top of dodger.
02-25-2014 07:40 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Installing dodger questions

That looks quite a bit better than I would think a repurposed dodger from a different boat ever could. However, I would remain concerned that the flap over your side window is going to flog and do some damage. Good luck.
02-24-2014 09:31 PM
rbyham
Re: Installing dodger questions

Thanks all. I went with the common sense connectors. Came out pretty good. Will probably have a pro fit it to boat when it gets warmer around here.
02-24-2014 02:58 PM
ehmanta
Re: Installing dodger questions

It looks like if you moved the stainless frame back a few inches, the curved bottom of the dodger would miss that fixed portlight. I don't know how much you can move it back before it no longer covers the seahood though.
Don't use silicon spray without protecting for overspray (you don't want it on the deck)
02-24-2014 02:35 PM
Multihullgirl
Re: Installing dodger questions

You can also hit your fasteners with a shot of silicone to keep corrosion down.

Do, though, be picky about what you clean the Strataglass with. Don't use windex or the like. General cleaning with soap and water. You can buy specific cleaner for Strataglass, IMAR is pretty good stuff. You use it quite sparingly, it'll last a long time

The Care and Feeding of Strataglass
02-24-2014 10:04 AM
FSMike
Re: Installing dodger questions

Quote:
Originally Posted by Markwesti View Post
For the leading edge that attaches to the cabin top mine has a piece of teak screwed to the cabin top . The leading edge of the teak is angled back to match the angle of the leading edge of the dodger , lift dot pegs are screwed in the teak . Lift dot females are in the dodger .
This works very well and also helps keep water from running under the dodger in bad weather.
No matter what type of fastener you use monthly lubrication (I use Vaseline) will help the longevity.
02-23-2014 08:34 PM
rbyham
Re: Installing dodger questions

Thanks all. This confirms velcro as a bad idea. If you look close each key corner has the female/receiver part of a common sense connector so I think I could get away at least for temporary with installing some studs where needed. To show how cheap I can be, i took the dodger home, let it warm up indoors and then with a hairdryer got the strategiesStrataglass supple again. I then cleaned the torn sections carefully and with more heat pulled the tears together nicely and applied clear vinyl tape. Again a temp fix but one that causes the dodger to better hold its shape. This will allow me to go for a tight fit on the boat using the common sense connectors. After that I will get better pics and work with canvas guy during hot summer months. Hope to update with pics unless it looks too ugly. :-)
02-23-2014 01:45 PM
capta
Re: Installing dodger questions

I would highly recommend against snaps, unless you are sailing in fresh water. They corrode up pretty quickly and become unusable, often tearing out with the pressure necessary to open them. There are Twist Studs that are stronger, never corrode and they cannot open accidentally. The only drawback is you must have the female pieces installed by a canvas person, unless you want to buy a $300.00 tool.
02-23-2014 12:36 PM
Markwesti
Re: Installing dodger questions

For the leading edge that attaches to the cabin top mine has a piece of teak screwed to the cabin top . The leading edge of the teak is angled back to match the angle of the leading edge of the dodger , lift dot pegs are screwed in the teak . Lift dot females are in the dodger .
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