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Old 05-11-2009, 08:00 AM
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My wife has "requested" that I look into having a bow dodger installed on my boat. We have a one year old son and she would like a shaded area for naps, etc. I like the idea of putting anything on the boat that buys me a few more hours on the water, but I hate the idea of creating a fishing obstacle and eye sore in the bow area. In reality, my wife and son (at least for the next few years) will only be on the boat 20% of the time its being used so I would rather not have any permanently fixed poles or canvas in the bow getting in the way. My boat is a 26' Regulator (forward seating model) with no bow rail. I'd appreciate any ideas or alternatives that would provide protection from the sun but can also be easily be removed and stored out of the way.
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I'd love to see other ideas too... I'm in a similar situation.
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I found a place that makes a variation of a dodger that uses fiberglass battens instead of stainless steel rods/frame. It doesn't provide as much head room (especially if you have forward seating), but looks like it would provide sufficient shelter for a napping child and I like the idea that it can be completely removed and stored out of the way. Attached are a couple of pictures of a finished product. I'd be interested in people's thoughts and any other alternatives. Thanks
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I'll be in the market for a dodger/forward bimini soon too. The one in that pic looks way too low. In the FL summer it would be a cooker under there.
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I know you said you didn't have a bow rail, but here's something.
http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...ID=1009&r=view
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I just bought one of the t top shades from Boater's World for $45. I just couldn't pass it up at that price. Maybe there is a way to rig it up with some extensions for the straps and run them through cleats, hawse pipes, etc?
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I just installed a regular bimini top forward of the T-top. I just use three straps through grommets to attach the bimini to the T-top, regular mounts on the gunnels, and the two forward straps to eyes I mounted. Since it came out of the trash, all I initially needed was one deck mount -- I widened the frame bows since they were 64" and I needed 87". If you need even quicker removal, use quick connects instead of the two bolts.

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I see that you are from Hyannis, and I really like your dodger. Where did you get it?
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Thanks for all the suggestions - I'll check everything out.

BBaychop - I'm not from Hyannis. I keep my boat in Edgartown. I copied those pictures from Cape Canvas' website where they display examples of their work. I believe their shop is next to Hyannis Marine in Yarmouth.
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here is one on a 27 Albury

http://alburybrothers.shutterfly.com/27
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I just installed a regular bimini top forward of the T-top. I just use three straps through grommets to attach the bimini to the T-top, regular mounts on the gunnels, and the two forward straps to eyes I mounted. Since it came out of the trash, all I initially needed was one deck mount -- I widened the frame bows since they were 64" and I needed 87". If you need even quicker removal, use quick connects instead of the two bolts.

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I'm doing the same with mine!!!!!
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I'm doing the same with mine!!!!!
I'd like to see some pictures of a bimini mounted on the front of a cc.
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me too. I have thought about doing it but neber tried. pics please
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not ready yet, but the guy doing my canvas work promise me to have it done before June 4th... will see
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15 Years ago I had one made for my 20' center console for the same reasons I wanted a place for the kids to lay down and get out of the sun. I had one made with a stainless steel frame, sumbrella material and front access window which cost $1,000 back then. It was great the minimal amount of time we used it and folded up neatly to get out of the way of fishing. The problem was it was made like most dodges tall enough so you could sit under it and it obstructed my vision while under way. It was a pain trying to see over it every time we took off and under way.
If I were to make another one it would be a lower profile like the one you show.

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Can't do pictures until next Tuesday since I dropped off the boat to be serviced yesterday and I'll be out of town until then. An off-the-shelf Bimini setup will work for a lot of boats - depends on the dimensions like gunnel-to-T-top height and T-top-to-boat-bow length, plus where the bow begins to curve in. Other decisions are whether to have it self-supporting [like normally mounted] or attached to the T-top on one end like I did.

My gunnel-to-T-top was about 47", so the trash-picked one I had [a standard 46". they also available in 36", 54", and 60"] was close enough. Even with a 6' length and slight drop towards the bow, I can see fine with the bimini up [doesn't affect my sight lines any more than the electronics box]. To stow it, I just fold it back and wrap the two tie-down straps around the canvas, plus one more strap in the middle with a buckle on it [to keep the canvas from flapping]. Many boats down here have an extra bimini top front or back because of the strong sun.

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