Sunday, May 11, 2008

New dodger completed

When we purchased Aeolus almost all her equipment was original to her commissioning in 1988 or so. The original owner had outfitted her quite nicely for cruising but then never taken her to sea. That is how she ended up with the great windlass, radar and other nice upgrades. Among the original components was a dodger that I have written about previously.

I had sewn the old dodger back together in a few places to get another year out of it last year, but knew her days were done. This winter I scheduled to have it replaced by San Juan Canvas here locally and they have just finished their work. We are thrilled.

We more or less used the existing frame, which I quite like for its design and strength. The new dodger has waterproof fabric on top, and is reinforced with Top Gun at all stress areas. The color is Captain's Navy sunbrella.

The great people at San Juan Canvas are wonderful to work with and do a solid job for an affordable price. I highly recommend them to anyone in the market for custom canvas work.

Here are a few pictures of our new dodger.

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