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Old 20-11-2015, 11:15   #1
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Sailrite Dodgers

Are they worth the time and money to DIY?
I have some experience sewing and I have access to an industrial sewing machine to sew the canvas together so I'm wondering if anyone has one on their boat and what they think of it.
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Old 20-11-2015, 12:26   #2
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Google search FTW! Don't know why I didn't think about it in the beginning.
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Re: Sailrite Dodgers

I tend to look at these things like: "how many extra hours would I have to work to just buy this done by someone who knows what they are doing?"
Often that's cheaper, easier and better.
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I've seen one that was very well done but the lady who made it is very talented. I am not, so it would be out of the question for me.
I've seen many which were made commercially and look like crap so you have to choose your source very carefully if you want a quality result.
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Re: Sailrite Dodgers

I made a dodger following the sailrite video. I think it came out pretty decent





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Old 22-11-2015, 20:29   #6
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Re: Sailrite Dodgers

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I made a dodger following the sailrite video. I think it came out pretty decent





I am looking for the Video DVD for sailrite How to make dodger. Any out there willing to give up or sell.
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Re: Sailrite Dodgers

The video is the best $20 you can spend. Very well done.

Make Your Own Dodger DVD

worth its weight in gold for sure..

the material to make my dodger was close to $1000. Was getting quotes for $4000 to reskin my frame. After 60 hours of work, I saved a lot of money, and had fun doing it.

The trick is to make very accurate patterns, and be accurate building the dodger.
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Re: Sailrite Dodgers

I mean no disrespect to those of you who have learned the mysteries of the how to adjust lower thread spool tension, but it takes a lot of time to learn your skills and secrets and vendors. Especially when I see something like this () and begin to consider the cost/benefit analysis. I'm more likely, as I age, to pay the extra $$$, if I can, and spend the time I gained by doing something else. Especially hassling with bobbin tension.
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Re: Sailrite Dodgers

I made one dodger for our first Insatiable, using the old one for a pattern.

chad, if you like making your own *stuff* for the boat, by all means learn to work with the PTFE thread, it will make your dodger last the life of the fabric. They tend to be very expensive to have a good one made. You might also consider making a hard dodger. There was a thread last year by a chap who submitted his design ideas to CF, modified the design a couple of times, and the finished product was excellent.

Either way, there's no real reason not to make it yourself. Then you'll know what you'll do differently, next time--which could be to have someone else make it, or not? unknowable, at this point. However, if you do make it yourself, and even if it is not in your opinion perfect, I'm sure you'll feel pleased with yourself that you did it.

I watched Jim build a spinnaker based on Sail Rite instructions a long time ago. A man with no sewing experience, mind you,building spinnaker and sock of his design; and it was good for 1/4 knot per mile, because his competitors thought he was magic. Sometimes you get to feel chuffed with yourself!

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Re: Sailrite Dodgers

For those of us who like DIY projects, it's a lot of fun to just do it. The Sailrite videos are very helpful and well worth the money IMO.
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Re: Sailrite Dodgers

Been sewing for years before attempting the dodger. I didnt use the old as a pattern, as stretched sunbrella makes a poor pattern. The new pattern allowed a good tight result, and can be reused for the next time I make one .

Yes, adjusting the machine is critical, and using the goretex/ptfe thread is difficult at best, but worth it once you get it right. The phone and email support from Sailrite through this project was outstanding as well ..

I would not attempt a dodger as a first project! You need a large area to do it in, infinite patience, and some decent skill doesn't hurt.

Saving over 75% over having a pro do it was great. Plus had fun doing it, and the pride of DIY'ing it as well.

Not a job for every DIYer for sure. It is really challenging.

with some forethought, I was able to incorporate a zipper on the back for for a 'flying awning' which I made after the boat was splashed. Get a lot of use out of the awning!

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Re: Sailrite Dodgers

Commercial made dodgers aren't cheap. Iversen (the one in the video) are the gold standard in the Pacific NW. Not that others don't make good dodgers but theirs are outstanding. I have seen them put several on boats, including brand new Benneteaus in our marina.

I may get the chance to try to replace ours in the future. I doubt I can get it that good but would probably be serviceable. If you do, good luck. It will pay to be extra anal about the templates. Sailrite is the gold standard in DIY canvas for sure.
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I have (almost, still have to put in side windows) finished a full cockpit enclosure for our Formosa 30, using materials from http://www.sailmakerssupply.com/ and a Chinese walkng foot machine. Custom design, side panels come off and such. Used glove buttons, zippers and lots of Velcro.
Probably cost less than 20% of what our Boxer is going to cost us at the Vet.
Go for it.
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