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03-21-2013 02:20 PM
macwester26
Re: Hard dodger

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Originally Posted by wolfenzee View Post
The purpose of a dodger is to keep you dry(ish), this has to be accomplished without adding extra windage, getting in the way of the operation of the boat but has to look good doing it. The "soft" dodgers I have seen on Macwester 26s appear to "work", you could use the same shape (even the metal bows) for a hard dodger.

What a nice image mine was the same colour.

Yes as you say the soft ones could be better. I could make them myself with a small clear view plastic window
I would have liked to have had the canvas top over the main hatchway door but our design is a bit different : our top hatch will be a lift up one on Gas shocks.
With a solar panel fitted in a recess on the top of it..
The reason it will give some cockpit protection. that will not need to be renewed or replaced.
This is a knockon effect from lifting the rear cockpit flooring to form channels for water to run off the deck into scuppers.
But could have been the way the last owner fitted the sliding hatch.It would not slide much...
03-21-2013 02:02 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Hard dodger

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Originally Posted by macwester26 View Post
I very much like this idea but i am not sure if it would suit my small boat .
the way to find out I guess would be to take a picture of the boat save it on the computor then draw over the image with a paint programme and see.
But what a great idea anyway.

Robert
The purpose of a dodger is to keep you dry(ish), this has to be accomplished without adding extra windage, getting in the way of the operation of the boat but has to look good doing it. The "soft" dodgers I have seen on Macwester 26s appear to "work", you could use the same shape (even the metal bows) for a hard dodger.

03-21-2013 09:34 AM
macwester26
Re: Hard dodger

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Originally Posted by wolfenzee View Post
Some I have seen is a piece of cloth (some with a clear plastic panel) that stretches from the dodger to the Bimini or boom gallows, not very big....just fills in the gap
This is possibly my only option.

Something to think about.

Robert
03-21-2013 09:33 AM
macwester26
Re: Hard dodger

I very much like this idea but i am not sure if it would suit my small boat .
the way to find out I guess would be to take a picture of the boat save it on the computor then draw over the image with a paint programme and see.
But what a great idea anyway.

Robert
12-25-2012 05:00 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Hard dodger

a dodger can stick up like a sore thumb and make the boat look bad or it can enhance the lines of the cabin.....what makes the difference can be subtle, so making it out of card board and/or door skin first to see how it would look...see hao everything would fit is highly recommended. Look around at other boats what looks goo, what looks bad (this works for any changes to your boat...learn by other peoples mistakes, use other peoples good ideas).
I found a boat with similar lines (my cabin top is low with a lot of shear). low dodger, you have to make sure getting in and out of the cabin is not hindered, also make sure it doesn't get in the way of sheets, when you reef, does it hinder you vision, etc....
12-25-2012 04:17 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Hard dodger

Some I have seen is a piece of cloth (some with a clear plastic panel) that stretches from the dodger to the Bimini or boom gallows, not very big....just fills in the gap
12-04-2012 04:57 PM
tanton37
Re: Hard dodger

Hi ...can I contact you directly as I am embarking on this project as we speak and need to ask a few questions......Thankyou in advance..
Cheers, David
04-03-2010 10:48 PM
Architeuthis Nice project, ......something those of us who like sailing in all weather, well almost all weather, should consider.

I really like the idea that it can still be removed for off season storage or if a storm is on it's way. For me I think that is a must, being able to strip off as much stuff as possible is key if there is big wind on the way.
04-03-2010 10:21 PM
LABRADORCOASTER Saw in your message that you had travelled to northern Gulf of Saint Lawerence. This is where I live, just wondering if you had stopped into my little island village of Harrington Harbour.

Nice job with the dodger by the way, very handy to help keep things dry when the weather gets nasty. A friend is planning to install his solar panels on the top of his.
09-19-2008 04:53 PM
wolfenzee The main difference of the pilot house is that you have all the controls and instrumentation of the boat completely out of the weather (I have seen boats that have all sheet, halyard and reefing controls from in the pilot house). A dodger allows you to dodge out of the way of breaking waves and keeps the forward part of the cockpit a little dryer.
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