Originally Posted by Bluemansailor
Hi sded -
love your dodger. One of my winter projects is to replace the existing- a poorly made dodger with a hard top- soft side and windows dodger. Could you post more photos of yours- or any more info
I used a CAD program to develop the pattern for the sides and top.
It is basically a zip tie stitch and polyester glue construction, tough I did use screws to hold the temporary horizontal bracing.
I used strips of fiberglass
cloth to seal the seam before the princess and I took the dodger to the boat for a "dry fit".
Satisfied with the fit, I removed the the stitching, then filled and fared as needed, before adding a layer of 1 1/2 oz. mat on both the inside and outside.
Next the windows were laid out and cutout. The most difficult part of the project
was cutting out the windows. It was slow and I know I went through at least a half dozen saw blades, because they dulled so quickly.
Some more sanding
, then a second layer of mat goes on the outside. Still more sanding
then all of the edges were sealed with resin.
I still have to do the painting and install the screens and clear vinyl windows before installing the dodger aboard BELIEVE.
Here are some of the pictures we took as the project