Here is a link to… Sun Cover for Dodger Windows – Part 1
Due to the irregular shape of the side windows and some challenging topography where the dodger meets the cockpit combing, I decided to start the install with the center panel. I’ve installed snaps on past projects, but for this project I had a new tool in the arsenal… the Snaprite by Sailrite.
inaugural use of the snaprite systemSpecialized dies transform a rivet gun into a tool for placing and installing snaps. The sailrite instructionalvideo explains this system far better than I could hope to do in text.
Front panel installed now onto the sidesAs with any tool there is a learning curve. I broke multiple mandrels attempting to set a single snap stud (base) and still was unable to achieve a proper roll over on the eyelet barrel. Achieving a secure set on the studs was so frustrating that I reverted to the old system of using a die and punch by the time I began work on the side panels . The Snaprite tool did shine when used for locating and setting the snap button & socket into the new sun covers. This tool really took the guess work out of locating the proper place to install the top portion of the snap.
Once both the center and side panels were installed, I realized that the long gap where the center panel met the side panes could catch enough air to generate noisy flapping.
the intersection of the two panels did not provide a suitable area to mount a snap studThe dodger did not have a site for attaching snaps in this area. I return home to the sewing machine with the covers in tow. If the site was unsuitable for a snap, perhaps a velco?
using webbing an velcro to secure the panels at the intersectionA few inches of of velcro and some 1” flat webbing saved the day.Not only to the cover’s protect the widows from UV damage, but they provide a nice bit of privacy when in a crowed anchorage or at the dock.
the view from the cockpit with the sun covers installedCreating the dodger sun covers is the first project fully completed on SV Pilgrim!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Last week, we followed Jeff and Anne as they created new a sun cover for the dodger on s/v Pilgrim, but the project was not complete. This is the rest of the story...