Hard Dodger

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13 years 1 week ago #851 by Patrick O'Donnell
We are considering having a hard dodger constructed for the Rita T. A number of Whitby's have installed hard dodgers, and I wonder if you will share pictures, problems, benefits, downsides, etc. What things would you do differently? How do you accomodate winches and winch handles or sheets? What things work best? Anyone with a particular design we should emulate or not?

I thought it might be a nice idea to have sets of pictures for the rendezvous showing the different answers several have come up with. Thanks.

Pat O'Donnell/Hannah gardner
s/v Rita T (hull 172)

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13 years 1 week ago - 13 years 1 week ago #854 by Deborah Streeter
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When having our latest bimini constructed, with a stronger frame to support 4 solar panels, we told our fabricator that we wanted a 'hard top'. He convinced us that might not be the best decision... hard being nosier in the rains and hotter during the summers. We opted for the middle road and had ours made of "Stamoid" fabric. This is the same fabric that many band shells are made of now. It is strong, doesn't leak (like older Sunbrella will) and reportedly will last 20 to 30 years. And it will support my weight, although I prefer to step on the braces.


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13 years 1 week ago #855 by Hannah Gardner
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Who was your fabricator? Thanks, Hannah

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13 years 1 week ago #865 by Randy Robinson
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Hello all,

We've been looking into installing a Wavestopper hard dodger. They are built in Annapolis area. There are photos on their website.

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13 years 1 week ago #867 by Deborah Streeter
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"Sandpiper Marine Canvas", located on Ramrod Key, the Keys, FL.
(443) 404-1095 Jack and Lisa Sauder. Lisa does the welding, Jack does the canvas work.
Lew designed the frame, modeled after Manta Catamarans as is inspiration. Downloaded a program "Cad Standard" and did the design.
Jack and Lisa took it from there. We had intended on a hard top over the frame, but they convinced us otherwise. We have been VERY happy with it.

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12 years 11 months ago #886 by Larry Donaldson
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Pat and Rita,

I am currently designing and mocking up a fixed, hard windshield for our boat Star Sahdow, hull 333. Not unlike the windshields on Hallberg Rassys and Gossards this windshield begins about a foot forward of the splash guard, just behind the main salon hatch. It will be about 24 inches high and act as a windshield for a lower dodger that will protect the forward companion way with its ceiling, On the sides it comes back and up onto the splash guard and ends at the aft end of the splash guard. Once in place it will act as a very strong and seaworthy wind screen. From the aft end of the dodger roof, I will put in a second windshield of Eisenglass that will be removable and will connect up to the Bimini that may or may not hold three solar panels. So when underway one can sit in the cockpit and see through the lower glass of the forward dodger and when standing at the helm you can see out of the Eisenglass upper windshield. I have given the whole hard bimini thing a lot of thought and I believe they are down right ugly with their hugh fornt window that mounts to the splash guard. I also believe that most of the hard biminis I have seen on our boats are not strong enough to handle strong adverse conditions at sea. I believe my design will be both functional in a gale at sea and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Sorry I don't have any photos to share at this time as we are under a tarp and in the process of finishing the mock up. It should be done in two or three weeks and if you are interested I can share photos then.

Regards,

Larry Donaldson,
S/V Star Shadow
Whitby 42, Hull #333

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