Recommendations for Dodger Bimini Enclosure

Things to consider: All our dodger windows are removable, makes for good ventilation and easy winter storage Use polycarbonate glass in the dodger, visibility is superior to standard material, only drawback is that they do not roll up Grab rail is a must Cover for the window to view the sail in the Bimini is opened and closed from the inside with the actual cover on the outside Zipper on the connector to the dodger should zip from the outside to the center providing easy access from either side when boarding Frame for the enclosure mounted on the stern rail minimizes additional holes in the fiberglass Brace leading forward on the enclosure provides hand support when getting on an off as well as a brace to lean on when flaking the sail at the end of the boom Side entrance windows of the enclosure are secured to the enclosure to

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Hard Dodger and Hard Bimini

  Well it’s been in the idea stage for quite a while. The necessity of the canvas dodger and bimini needing to be replaced has primed the need to build a hard dodger and hard bimini from a Starboard type material called Seaboard. I am planning on spending extended time on Water Racket as I transition into part time retirement. We want a full enclosure as we’ll be spending more time in our cockpit than below. I designed and built these units with the input of Dan Wood at Canvas Creations in Annapolis. He wanted to replace his fiberglass hard dodgers with a more cost effective material and that’s where I came in. I’ve posted the initial mounting photos and Dan will be finishing the canvas work in the near future. I’ve designed and manufacture Keder Tracks from the Seaboard material and hot air welded it to the tops with

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Selecting Window Material

The following is reprinted from Sailrite and consolidated some information that I thought useful to me and possibly to others: Although we’re almost certain you’re out on the water enjoying the beautiful sunshine, we thought you might appreciate a guide to selecting the right window material. We frequently get asked the question: “What window material should I use for my project?” Whether you’re working on an enclosure, dodger, sunroom or windshield or adding a window to your bimini or sail, you’ll need to choose a window material. There are several elements to consider when selecting a window material: • Optical Clarity • Scratch Resistance • UV Resistance • Stain/Chemical Resistance • Hand • Price Sailrite offers a variety of window materials, and although several of the materials are interchangeable in application, each brand has a varying degree of each element that may help you make a more informed decision. For

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Marine Canvas ‘How To’ Resources

While I have two books on marine canvas, and an older IFAI trade book, they are of marginal value, and I really wouldn’t recommend any of them. The Marine Canvas Training video series was what was most helpful to me, and a real life saver… http://www.marinecanvastraining.com/Training-Videos Marine Canvas also sells specialty tools, which is where I bought the following frame bender, which they use in the training videos. http://shop.marinecanvastraining.com/1bend-ritebender.aspx Specialty tools, oh boy…hot knife, binding folder, raised anvil stapler, snap press, and the list goes on. I found most of the video series on eBay in VHF, and converted them to DVD. Â I was able to rent the remainder of the series from Smartflix. http://smartflix.com/store/author/1161/Marine-Canvas-Training There’s a newer series out by Northcoast Marine Specialties, but I haven’t checked them out. Â Like Marine Canvas they sell specialty tools as well. http://www.canvastraining.com/videolibrary.htm The IFAI Marine Fabricator magazine is very good,

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Bimini and Dodger — Discussion

I need a new bimini and dodger. On the dodger I do not want the “wavy” flex ‘glass’… As that is my visibility to the bow… I got some quotes which I found to be very high, has anyone gotten this done recently? What is a average ballpark number that I can expect to pay? $2000 for the dodger with 60 gauge polycarbonate in forward 3 panels. $1540 for binimi $615 for matching main sail cover $425 for zipper connector between bimibi and dodger This is all using the existing frame layout. Does that seem reasonable? Seems high to me… Comments? -Ken c380 #176   Ken, I’ve been making canvas for just over four years, including the frames. I’ve made three bimini’s, two dodgers, a full enclosure, several dinghy covers, and lots of other covers, bags, etc. I’ve spent a number of years studying(emulating) the best canvas makers in our

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