Bob: I saw the pict of Java you posted. I too would love to have a hard dodger and was thinking about a design like this but a little longer forward to include the entire hatch. I didn't expect to be able to stand under the dodger, but that it would protect against the cold ocean winds. Nice design, but how does it work for the companionway hatch? Also, I'm thinking about using a core material called Enrgy3 by Johns Mandville. It's used here ( Newfoundland) a lot by commercial fishermen to stiffen their boats and as a core for fibreglass fish pounds etc. They use 1" and it comes in 4x8 sheets at $34/sheet. Very strong and no weight at all! I may have to put up some kind of frame..not sure about whether it would be ss, plastic or wood. I have a feeling that the weight must be kept down at all costs because when she's heeled over on a close hauled tack I have enough trouble keeping her headed in that I have to take in the jib even now. Bill
--- In BaylinerBuccaneerGroup@yahoogroups.com, Bob Ingman <thingman2000@...> wrote:
> There was recent topic asking for input in regard to a 240 dodger. I was thinking about this yesterday as I worked on my 240. What I noriced was that headroom would be limited due to a high cockpit deck ( sole). If getting behind a shield is all that is desired it will be no problem but if you want to get under it be aware that space is very limited. My height is only five feet nine and one half inches and it would be difficult for me to get "covered up" without running afoul of the boom. Not impossible but difficult. One would have to wish to be seated against the aft cabin bulkhead to find proper shelter. Just a heads up to anyone considering this innovation. I am determined to do it myself and will be willing to find a way to pull it off due to the SE Ak weather conditions if I am to use this boat.
> Here is a sample of what might work well:
> Though this is not a Buc and though i prefere the Motor/Sailer enclosed wheelhouse look.
> Take care Bob in Thorne Bay Alaska
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