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Re: Narrow Dodger

Postby kurz » Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:38 pm

Well I use a bimini made of Sunbrella. When raining I first was happy to use it for some protection. But after some minutes water came through the sunbrella so it was worse than without the bimini open.
Becouce of this I have the idea of waterproof...
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Re: Narrow Dodger

Postby NiceAft » Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:03 pm

Interesting.

I wonder if others have experienced your problem.

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Re: Narrow Dodger

Postby Highlander » Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:27 pm

My Sumbrella enclosure lasted approx 32 months over an 9 yr period summer use only before it started leaking then gave it a good wash let it dry & spray it with a sumbrella water proof coating I bought from W/M been good now for a 1 1/2 yrs on the water exclusive

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Re: Narrow Dodger

Postby nedmiller » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:57 pm

Sunbrella doesn’t retain its water repellency forever. When you notice it no longer repels water properly, Sunbrella recommends you restore it’s water repellent properties by using 303 Fabric Guard, Upholstery Protector, Water and Stain Repellent.
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Re: Narrow Dodger

Postby rsvpasap » Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:56 pm

Some folks here in the PNW use Stamoid or a similar product rather than Sunbrella. I assume this maximizes protection from the rain/snow.

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Good summary and comparison of options: http://www.canvas-fabrics.com/Stamoid-Vinyl/index.htm

Considering Stamoid rather than a hard dodger and companionway doors. Also considering replicating my existing Sunbrella dodger as a hard dodger and covering it with Sunbrella or Stamoid as camouflage so it matches the existing enclosure.

My dodger and bimini have been up continuously for a year and a half (every moment except I drop the bimini when sailing). I apply a coat of 303 Fabric Guard every few weeks and its holding up ok.

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Re: Narrow Dodger

Postby 1st Sail » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:15 pm

With all line led aft we seldom go top side from the cockpit. When we do we often go thru the forward hatch. Dowsar makes a wide dodger for the M. I wish BWY did as well. I would prefer a wide dodger for additional wind and spray protection.
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Re: Narrow Dodger

Postby nedmiller » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:25 am

BWY just calls their large dodger a Canvas Dodger for the M.
http://shop.bwyachts.com/category-s/136.htm
I think it is similar in size to Dowser, but has fewer features.
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Re: Narrow Dodger

Postby Bobby T.-26X #4767 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:11 pm

Here's my BWY wide Dodger
Works great in the Pacific to keep crew warm while cruising at 18 knots

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Re: Narrow Dodger

Postby Chinook » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:00 pm

Regarding comment from the original post about having to go with the narrow dodger because of previous owner mods, I do recall seeing an X with a narrow dodger, where the owner had a pair of deflector wings sewn onto each side of the dodger. He was looking for a bit more protection from spray when underway, and he said it worked great.
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Re: Narrow Dodger

Postby Highlander » Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:29 pm

Chinook wrote:Regarding comment from the original post about having to go with the narrow dodger because of previous owner mods, I do recall seeing an X with a narrow dodger, where the owner had a pair of deflector wings sewn onto each side of the dodger. He was looking for a bit more protection from spray when underway, and he said it worked great.


Now that sounds like an interesting solution for the guy,s who already have the small dodger & want a little more protection when needed . On my Dowsar Dodger because the rear frame is mounted inside of the winches the wings on each end can b folded inside to make it a narrow dodger when required that,s a nice feature gives u the best of both worlds while out here on the NWP it was 18C the last two days & 20C today :)
Doe,s any one have pic,s of this Mod I,m sure a lot of guy,s would like to see them !

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