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Old 11-11-2014, 07:59   #91
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Re: Suggestions for Hard Dodger Construction Please

It's Done!
It's been a long, hot summer. The weather's finally cooled and it's time to go sailing. I look forward to sitting behind the new dodger at anchor and sipping something to warm my heart. I especially will enjoy the slogs to windward in a drier cockpit.

It's not really completely done. I would like to add corner handles like Zack has in his advice post and a drip rail on the top aft edge and a hand hold for going in and out of the companionway. I have and unintended pooling of water on the bottom sill of the windows. I'll need to figure out a drain that doesn't disfigure the finish. I sanded so long I hate to mar the awlgrip. (Came out nice I think).

Thank you all so much for your help. This is a direct result of your input, advice, suggestions and encouragement.
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:15   #92
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Re: Suggestions for Hard Dodger Construction Please

It really came out very well. Beautiful job.

One thing I would have done is bevel the tops of the bottom window frames so they would shed water on either tack.
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:45   #93
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Beautiful job Really fits well with the lines of the boat.
No resemblance to any phone booth I've ever seen.
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Old 11-11-2014, 13:39   #94
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Re: Suggestions for Hard Dodger Construction Please

Nice job, good proportions. Mounting the windows from the inside as you did doesn't offer anywhere near the same impact resistance, but it is easier to achieve a nicely finished look this way and if a wave ever blows one out, you have built it - you can fix it.
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Old 11-11-2014, 17:22   #95
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Re: Suggestions for Hard Dodger Construction Please

Dennis,

Maybe you could glue on wicks to lead the water out of the pools.

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Re: Suggestions for Hard Dodger Construction Please

You can find the low corner and carve a small drainage channel pitching down.
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Old 12-11-2014, 10:17   #97
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The hard part is design. We took pictures of the boat from various angles and photoshopped various constructions, varying angles, lengths, heights, etc. Our builder (in Cartagena Colombia) made a cardboard mock-up and each day, we would take picture again and again and decide whether we had the right look. Same thing for windows. Consider water-catching; don't forget cockpit reading lights. Will you want to be able to look over it? Duck under it? Get past it to go on deck? Etc.
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