rigid dodger plans

  • November 08, 2013 4:06 PM
    Message # 1431063
    Deleted user

    Hi sailors! do you know someone that will be glad to send me the plans of is own rigid dodger. I have finished to refurbishing my westsail 32, but i have no dodger and a rigid one seems to be a good choice. What do you think about it?regards Jean

     www.paxdeiwestsail32.blogspot.com

  • November 08, 2013 7:38 PM
    Reply # 1431148 on 1431063
    Deleted user

    Last year we built a hard dodger by wrapping core cell around the existing dodger frame.  Then we took it home to finish.  If you don't have a frame then you could just as easily make it free hand using core cell.  It has a slot on top to attach a bimini, speakers and red/green lights.  It was one project that exceeded our expectations.  Here is a link showing the construction photos.

     https://picasaweb.google.com/111834525627890796788/Dodger?authuser=0&feat=directlink

    Jim

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • November 09, 2013 6:20 AM
    Reply # 1431277 on 1431063
    Thats a nice dodger! Can you provide any links for this material you spoke of? 

    Did you paint it or is that gel-coat or something else? 
  • November 09, 2013 7:12 AM
    Reply # 1431289 on 1431063
    Deleted user

    Thanks Michael, it actually looks better than the pictures show.  I used 1/4" Core Cell, a closed boat building foam. There are other materials that would also work and I should have used 3/8". The 1/4" required me to use several more layers of glass then I should have to get the appearance or thickness that looked right.  I think I had five or maybe six layers when two would have been enough if I had used thicker Core Cell.  The glass was mostly purchased at Tap plastics,  although some heavy glass I found at the Club.  Paint is two part Detco by Sterling which I believe to be the best marine paint there is.

     

    Jim

  • November 09, 2013 6:46 PM
    Reply # 1431558 on 1431063
    Deleted user
    Wow.  Nice job.
  • November 10, 2013 4:47 AM
    Reply # 1431658 on 1431148
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    Jim Focha wrote:

    Last year we built a hard dodger by wrapping core cell around the existing dodger frame.  Then we took it home to finish.  If you don't have a frame then you could just as easily make it free hand using core cell.  It has a slot on top to attach a bimini, speakers and red/green lights.  It was one project that exceeded our expectations.  Here is a link showing the construction photos.

     https://picasaweb.google.com/111834525627890796788/Dodger?authuser=0&feat=directlink

    Jim

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Thank you very much for your link. You did a beautiful job. Regards Jean
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