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  1. This dodger may be the first for a CS20.3. Perhaps Dough or Jay has one for their boats, but I haven't heard of it. I've admired Graham's dodger installed on Carlita, his CS17.3. To me, it seems an essential item for a cruising boat. Here I'll record the details of the modifications required and its installation. Here are a couple of pixs of Carlita's dodger. Graham provided dimensional drawings for a dodger to fit B & B's CS20.3 design. He also sent full-scale drawings (on Mylar) of the coaming pieces and location on the cabin roof and sliding hatch garage. I marked the outlines on 4mm marine ply with carbon paper. Once cut out, they fitted very nicely to the cabin roof. Notice the second laminate is made up of multiple scrap pieces. The position on the cabin roof was marked with an awl through the Mylar pattern. The B & B drawings also specified the angles (130 degrees over the garage and 8 degrees from plumb at the cabin bulkhead (Blk 3). Using these angles, blocking was cut against which the coaming pieces could be held while the thickened epoxy cured. The coaming was held in place near the front with "#6 washer-hex-head 3/4" screws and clamps on the straighter part near Blk 3. The coaming was first "tac-welded" in place. Then the second laminate of 4mm ply was cut and fitted up against the aft side of the first laminate. I didn't have enough large pieces of 4mm, so the second laminate was made up of several scrap pieces, 3 on the port side, and 5 on starboard. After the first laminate was completely glued up and filleted (epoxy cured) -- the second laminate was glued with generous application of thickened epoxy and held in place with all the spring clamps that I had in the shop. The above pix was taken just after the tac-welding had cured. Before applying two coats of neat epoxy I cut the holes for the mast lines coming aft. Three are needed on starboard and two at port. The larger one on the port side is for two reefing downhauls. They share the same deck pulley and cleat because only one line is used at a time. Here are photos of the coaming ready for installation of the dodger. Chessie will be trailered to the canvas shop tomorrow morning. It's my plan to discuss the following features with Dave, the canvas guy. 1. It should be easily folded down to the cabin roof while under sail with some means to keep it from popping up in a gust and/or wave action. 2.. It will need a cover of some sort (in its folded position) in order to (a) keep the sun off it while boat is trailered & stowed in the driveway, and (b) also to secure it [the folded dodger] to the cabin roof while at highway speeds & headwinds. 3. It should not be necessary to disassemble [the whole dodger] for road transport. 4. For off-season boat maintenance purposes, the leading and side ages of the canvas should be attached to the coaming so as to make its removal fairly easy. Maybe attached with "button snaps" or "turn buttons". And the canvas top should be attached to the two SS tubes by means of zippers. I'll post photos of the finished product. And make a report of its usefulness on my scheduled cruise with the Shallow Water Sailors on May 4-6 (their 39th annual cruise on the Chesapeake).
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