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Old 20-06-2007, 19:52   #16
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You have to show updates of the install on the boat, please.

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Old 20-06-2007, 22:15   #17
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Maddog:- No problemo...Although progress will slow a bit now. I am doing a blow out container sale at the moment where I was able to make the roof. I work 14 hour days, 7 days a week. This will be over in 16 more days and I will be on "Faiaoahe" full time finishing the dodger. By the way, I am doing this with one arm at the moment. I will take boat pics with it suspended in place before the supports. I'm glad this is working out for everyone...Aloha
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Old 22-06-2007, 13:50   #18
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Tnflakbait,

I have a Catalina 30 that I will be replacing the sunbrella with ply as you did. How did you stick the laminates together? I assume you did not vacuum bag them, did you use staples? Also, how did you attach the sides/windows to the top? I have been planning to run a wooden cleat around the underside for this purpose.

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Old 22-06-2007, 23:25   #19
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Mikereed100:- The dodger roof you see will not be attached to any exsisting soft dodger hardware. Why build strength and mount it on a foundation of weakness? In coming updates, I will show construction of the companionway hatch cover into uprights to the roof.
I used #6 flathead screws to hold the first layer of ply to the form ribs and stringers, then epoxied and screwed the next layer down. After the epoxy kicked, removed the srews and epoxied and screwed the last layer of ply. After that dried, I used a mallet to break the unit loose of the form. You see, the screws holding the first layer down will just pull through. Then you trim it to size...Stay tuned!
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Old 25-06-2007, 15:05   #20
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Here it is at the boat, suspended by 2x2's
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Old 06-07-2007, 19:54   #21
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Here is the Dodger uprights and hatch cover being formed up. It's tacked together with single drops of 5 minute epoxy every 10"'s or so. It's a hassle but if your patient with clamping, it can be done.
Note the 1 1/4" rear uprights. I made proto-types out of wood dowels and 5 minute epoxy. Let me know if you need more details. I will begin glassing it together over the weekend.
...I will be glad when its done...
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Old 12-07-2007, 20:18   #22
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Last installment for now Guys. As you see, it is all glassed and mounted. This represents 60 hours of labor and around $500. I'm due back home in Hawaii in a few days, so gel-coat and windows will have to wait for later in the year. If you have input, please do so. I feel I am the one with all the postings...Aloha...Martin
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Very cool - It looks like you have designed a pilot house. Do soft curtains and windows on the side and front and you'll have something. Does it cover your helm? Congratulations.
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Old 17-07-2007, 00:46   #24
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Thanks Maddog. Front and side snap in windows are the order. If big water comes on board, it would be able to blow the windows out rather than rip the Dodger off. The helm is a 7 ft tiller connected directly to the outboard rudder. I like to call it "tiller the hun" . So, no the helm is exposed to a degree but... A Bimini is over top and there will be lee-cloths to add protection as well as a Monitor vane.
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Hard Dodgers for cruising sailboats.

Hi All Im kind of into hard dodgers having built several from glass and core
I built my first two in Honolulu Harbour while on my way cruising from Aus to Alaska (It was damn good having one there I can tell you)
Any how I got a lot of interest and built a few more along the way and developed a method that has worked well and lets you build almost anywhere (try under a tree in the bush so the boat yard that knew everthing about any thing wouldnt get pissed off ) (they were the only ones allowed to do the work)
Iv put up a blog site recently with a selection of dodgers Iv designed and built and also a bunch of other pictures of dodgers to get ideas from
Ill post my blog site here for anyone interested and will add more here if needed
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Steve:
Those (Marshall Design) are some seriously nice dodgers.
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Old 17-07-2007, 12:24   #27
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Wow Steve...I hope you do this for a living. They are really works of art. Wish you had been on the docks when I needed you...he he he. I had to do most of the work on mine with one good arm...Martin
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Hi Gord and Martin
I guess Im some what wrapped in hard dodgers they make such a real differance to liofe on board. One interseting side benifit if you like good sound in your cockpit is that a fiberglass dodger works Like a sound shell and amplifies and focus sound from you speakers( if they are mounted within dodger
Im also working with one arm now I seem to have pulled a muscle off my right sholder and I can only move to table height
Makes a heck of a differance when your part way through building a boat.
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Old 18-10-2007, 17:54   #29
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Well...I was back in Ca. to do more work on Faiaoahe for the July/08 crossing to Hawaii (home) and gel-coated and permenantly fastened the dodger done. Also added the custom Garhauer mainsheet side brackets.
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Hi Guys...Back in Ca. again and working on the dodger. Here are the solar panel mounts using SS strap hinges with butt hinges to articulate the panels.
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