Island time, if you're going for a hard top, do consider installing an opening hatch
in the top, for ventilation into the cockpit. If you can keep the Strata-glass in flat panels, that you can zip in and out (flaps for the zips, to protect the plastic teeth), Tenara thread for everything sewn, try and keep the height down, it will help with aesthetics, and you can have a great dodger
. I would keep the bimini
separate. I'm not a big fan of whole enclosures, partly because of the additional windage, but your dodger
will want a clear flap with zips, for a downwind rain protector. It will keep waves and rain from going below.
A feature we installed on the aft edge of our dodger is two zips, with flaps. They are for zippping in the downwind rain protector, and for the cockpit awning. In addition, we made a 1/2 awning for underway, 'cause I really want shade.
Ours attaches to the cockpit coaming with a combination of hardware
, some "Common Sense", some plain snaps (not Lift-the-Dot), and aft lashing. The parts
that are made from marine
hooding will eventually shrink as the plasticizers leach out. Imnsho, turnbuckles would be overkill, neither necessary nor desirable.