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We've been researching DIY options for replacing our 'canvas' dodger and bimini with hard tops using the existing 1" stainless steel frames, and adding a rigid windshield to the dodger.
Sounds like a great spring
Following are the current finalists in my order of preference by method, then approach.
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Using polycarbonate [e.g., Lexan] sheets:
- Hard Dodger made with lexan sheets [polycarbonate] for top, windshield, and sides
- Translucent Polycarbonate [Lexan] reinforced panels [Hard to Top]
Fabrication from scratch:
- Carbon Fiber
- How to build a hard dodger in only 14 days
- New Hard Bimini
- Build a form for molding the top [SV Jackaranda]
Third Party Manufacturers: [A sampling; not a comprehensive list.]
- Excellent forum discussion with lots of examples and photos
- Excellent requirements list for soft dodger/bimini
- An inspirational photo album
- HDU [High Density Urethane] board instead of Starboard or as core with FRP skins
- FRP Skins [glued back-to-back either with or without foam core]
- Opaque polycarbonate sheet
- See above article Hard Dodger made with lexan sheets from Cruising World
I'll keep adding to this list as I find viable resources in an effort to narrow our focus, and as a source of ideas for a possible hybrid approach. [...And as a rational for procrastinating...]
|1/2" Starboard formed to match existing dodger frame.|
(Photo from Roger Dodger article linked above...)