Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sinbad's Dodger & Bimini

Sinbad's look has changed a little since we left Lake Huron last August. In this picture you can see the wifi antenna and Kiss wind generator that we added to the mizzen mast. As you look down from there you will see a new Wave Stopper hard dodger, a new bimini and a fly that  we attach to the bimini for shade and rain protection. You might even see our new solar panel.

People have been asking about these changes, how we did them and how we like them . Plus they wanted pictures. So this blog story is all about the dodger, bimini and solar panel.

This view typical of how we are at anchor; center windshield open and the clear plastic spray shield between the dodger and bimini part way unzipped.


Inside view of the bimini. Towards the front (right hand side of photo) it is laced on, in the back it is zipped on. We have added a zipper on the bottom edge for later use when we decide to add sides.

In these pictures you can see the side supports. It is rock solid. In the top photo you can see we added a cross brace to the hard dodger, a vertical support in the front and two in the back.

The next set of pictures will show how we rerouted our main sheet.

In these two pictures you can see we added a swivel to the block on the boom, a pad eye to the mizzen mast and a block by the winch.  The swivel block at the end of the boom helps the sheet to align more directly with the original blocks , since we were experiencing a lot of line chafe with the original setup.

A couple of benefits that we discovered with our new dodger and bimini are that we can stand on the dodger to work on our main and we now have very secure, convenient hand holds for moving forward or aft on Sinbad, and also an additional handhold within the cockpit, above the main companionway.  The visibility through  the windshield of the hard dodger is far superior to that of new conventional, flexible clear windshield material. All the clear windshield material can be removed from the hard dodger in preparation for a big blow, if necessary.  However, with the windshield material in, it has withstood >40kt winds rock-solid.  We designed the hard dodger to have a low profile to reduce windage, but it is still spacious enough for all our cockpit use.

In order to install solar panels we needed to extend the aft port and starboard rails 53 inches.

You can see we have the starboard side panel and intend to install the second one this summer. Once we purchase  it and get it installed we feel our power needs should be complete. Currently we have gone has long as 3 weeks and as little as 5 days before we fire up our Honda generator.


1 comment:

  1. WOW!! Love the new add-ons to Sinbad! Ya'll be styling. The new dodger should help keep all that pesky salt water out of the galley, but where do ya hang the shower bag now? Miss you two. Stay safe & dry,keep the people in the boat, & don't hit nothing!