Dodger Rebuild Part Deaux
After flipping the dodger and rounding off the roof joint, a couple of batches of juice later, we're ready to start the long, laborious process of prepping for painting... sigh. I hate this painting prep part...
Painting Begins. The outer layers, after 2 coats.
Painting Continues. The outer layers, after 5 coats.
Prepping the boat for install.
Bryan Twigg and I did a test install of the dodger. Very pleased with the results. The new dodger is lighter, stiffer and better looking than the one it replaced. I'm going to cut and re-attach the right lower to get a better angle, but other than that, everything was superb. Bryan and I were both very impressed with how much stiffer this one is than the last. Plus, it is more narrow and doesn't come back as far into the cockpit. This will allow an easier entry and exit from the cockpit. These pics under sail, courtesy of Paul West.
The only thing is, I've now lost enough coverage that I will have to do the "canvas wings" I'd thought about on the last one to get a nice wind break for someone sitting in the cockpit by the bulkhead. This item is crucial to comfort when it's blowing and rainy.
I had the right side lower arm coming off the corner post at the wrong angle, so there was a lot of bend to the right side. After cutting it off, and clamping it to a piece of maple for a few days, I re-attached the arm at what hopefully is a better angle. We'll see this weekend.
After way too long, I refinished the companionway hatch trim. The inside ceiling is shaping up with only two coats of Varnish. While I was at it, I brought home the door and door frame to refinish.
Today, I built the front windows. On the last version, I really liked the flexibility of the soft, removeable windows. But, they seemed a bit fragile when removing. This time around, I encased the windows in sail cloth (white) so they would come off in one piece. Also, when I build the side curtains, they will be sail cloth and large enough to come down and provide some of the side protection we so enjoyed on the original canvas dodger. The side curtains will stay off most of the time, except in extreme spring and fall weather. The front windows stay on most of the time, for rain protection over the companionway. They only come off when it's really hot or I know it won't rain.
On Wednesday, we re-installed the dodger, following the shaping tweak. I went up to the boat today to work on the side curtains, but ended up spending the day working on the mounting screws, cleaning the bilge and a few other chores. Hoping to make a pattern for the side curtains Wednesday.
Well... that, and playing with the boy...