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.