You may recall that earlier in the summer I lamented the passing of our old canvas dodger while promising to build a new one. Well, not wanting to spend another Pacific Northwest winter cruising without a dodger, my quest to fabricate a new one has finally come to a glorious end. And I couldn’t be happier.
After much thought and deliberation about the design and build, I quickly came to two conclusions: I didn’t want to build it from a kit and I didn’t want it to be canvas. So, using our existing frame, I followed a friend and fellow cruiser’s lead (thanks CB!) and decided to make the top out of King StarBoard® marine-grade lumber. From there, again trying to avoid the use of canvas, I decided to make the windshield out of durable UV and scratch resistant polycarbonate (Makrolon®). The dodger project quickly turned into the talk of the dock and with some help (thanks Mike!) and advice, it turned out far better than I ever anticipated. The new dodger is extremely solid (I can stand on it), looks good from the dock and while underway, provides an unparalleled amount of visibility, and based on the material I used, should last far longer than our old rag. Stay tuned to Blue Water Sailing magazine for a full write-up of the project.
Enjoy this week’s edition.
Two sailors are safe and receiving medical care after a late night injury off Kauai prompted a call for help to the Coast Guard Tuesday. At 8:06 p.m., ...On September 18, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
The new National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) in Hampshire, England has become operational for the very first time. Operations from Solent Coastguard, which looks after Hampshire, Isle of ...On September 17, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
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With or without electricity, as a navigator your job is to find your way safely to port. At times, ...On September 10, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
Learn how to take the drama out of your dream, from choosing the right boat to sailing away together in ...On September 17, 2014 / By Andrew Cross