Project: Dodger Redesign
What were the results of the project?
A very unique dodger that totally astounded the owner, and was better than what he had visualised. He was so happy that he then asked for the bimini and link sheet to be replaced and add an aft shade enclosure.
A Spray Dodger in two halves with folding frames and removable middle window panel.
Purpose of this project? What did the client request?
The owner asked for a dodger that would leave the front clear/windscreen to remain in place when sailing/racing, while the two aft frames (inc. handles) would fold to be as level with top frame as possible. He wanted to have as much undisturbed vision as possible and to be able to talk to the crew over the top of the dodger.
What is unique or complex about the project?
We ended up with a large sweeping area of clear that followed the existing side window design. The frames being wider at the aft end than from the front caused folding design problems, as well as the mid and aft frames being a different bend radius. We overcame the problems of hinging by allowing the clamps/jaws and tube-ends to twist or pivot by approx. 35 deg. We slotted the tube and added longer screws to allow the fittings to twist without coming off. The front screen is in three pieces and snapped to the frame, then the roof in a different fabric and colour, zipped on.
Fabric 1 name: Sunbrella Plus
Fabric 1 producer: Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC
Fabric 1 supplier: Bainbridge Int.
Fabric 2 name: Stamoid Open
Fabric 2 producer: Ferrari S.A.
Fabric 3 name: Makrolon
Fabric 3 producer: Bayer
Fabric 3 supplier: Oceanclear
Design: David Elliott
Fabrication: David Elliott, Aaron Stumer and Kieran Jones