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Old 26-03-2020, 00:59   #1
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Another Dodger Project

There were a number of things that annoyed me about the dodger which came with my latest boat.

I wasn't to keen on the appearance, it looked sway backed and a bit vertically aggressive on the front end, the flexible clear view stuff had stains which I could not remove, I like to sit in the companionway whilst underway and the side panels were not transparent, there was nothing to grab onto whilst accessing the for deck or returning to the cockpit, and I wanted to mount some more solar panels somewhere and it's top was the only practicable real estate but it was not suitable for mounting them for a number of reasons.

There were a number of options materials wise but I don't like working with sticky and spiky, hairy stuff and had rebuilt the bimini in aluminium and like working with it so alloy it was.

I now have available a SS hooped dodger and the second image illustrates the progress to date.

I got a bit ambitious with the panels so the alloy frame ended up a bit bigger than originally planned but I now have 300 Watts which is 60 more than than the original plan. Also the 2 X 150,s were on sale and ended up being cheaper.
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That's areally nice design, Raymond. Thanks for posting it; it gives me ideas for a flybridge.
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Looks good so far and well thought out for hand holds on the dodger.

A couple of quick questions:
How are you going to cover the dodger to make it water/drip proof?
How will you attach the surround on the dodger and to the deck?

Please continue to post progress pics as you go.
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Looks good so far and well thought out for hand holds on the dodger.

A couple of quick questions:
How are you going to cover the dodger to make it water/drip proof?
How will you attach the surround on the dodger and to the deck?

Please continue to post progress pics as you go.
I will not be using any fabric at all in the new dodger and am at present working on extending the alloy covering over the areas to either side of the solar panels. I will post images when done.

The hand holds were a very significant factor in the decision to rebuild in alloy. I was nervous every time I went forward even when the seas were calm and there was no way to fix any sort of secure rail to the fabric covered dodger. My old boat had high hand rails with the top wire of 1/4" stainless but this one has the more prevalent yachty style low rails with only thin wire and I have no confidence in them. There is a grab rail all along the coach roof but then a big gap where the fabric covered dodger was. No longer a problem.
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I installed the first of the transitions from the panel mounting rail to the side perspex window today. As can be seen from the attached image the alloy plate has a twist in it.

I did this so that the side profile line tends to more horizontal so that it appears wedge shaped when viewed from the beam. Since I angled the top of the dodger up towards the stern I think it gives a better, rwo part transition to the fairly horizontal line of the top of the coach roof.

The addition of these pieces is also giving a nice cambered appearance to the overall look from forward.

The top of the perspex side window will fasten along the bottom edge of the alloy.

It turned out to be a tricky bit of metal work but I.m glad I went slowly and got it the way I want it.
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When I started this solar panel business decades ago I purchased two 80 Watt panels at $750 each. Whilst fitting them one of them shattered because the frame was twisted. Whilst panels have become a lot cheaper my paranoia has not at all decreased hence I always protect them from impact damage from below.

I contemplated using a light weight sheet material underneath the panels to protect them including styrofoam with a light FG woven cloth epoxied on to harden it and provide a surface for paint until I realized that all these materials are thermal insulators to some extent and would trap heat between the underside of the panel and the sheeting, hence the alloy sheeting.

This image illustrates the fitting of aluminium sheeting underneath the support frames.
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