My boat (Moody M46 Center Cockpit) has a hard dodger
made of fiberglass
. IT also had a bimini with isinglass all around to make a complete cockpit
enclosure. The canvas finally wore out (I was putting sail tape on sail tape and patches on patches), so this summer we had it replaced with a hard bimini made of starboard sitting atop stainless steel
bows. We have both isinglass side-back panels
for winter or rain and full screen panels
for summer. I think the arrangement could survive a good blow, so I really have no plans to take it down. I'd probably remove the sides during a hurricane
. Was out the other day in 25 steady to 35 gusting with the screens in--no issues at all. There is a rectangular hole cut in the bimini with a clear plexiglas plate to view the sail trim.
I sail on the Chesapeake, so the screening is important at anchor
in the evenings and often while sailing owing to flies. The starboard bimini (white, but you can gets other colors) seems to reflect the heat better than the old canvas did--it is definitely cooler inside the cockpit than previously, but I raised the height a few inches. Was done by Creative Canvas in Annapolis
, MD. They have a web site.
So far the only negative is cost-- more than a new traditional set up. But it will last twice as long if not longer.
If you contact me via pm, I can send some pictures. I cannot figure out how to add an attachment photo--this system wants a url which of course my computer does not have.