View Full Version : Bow Bonnet/Hood

10-31-2012, 05:15 AM
On my Atkins Walter Piel which is soon to Swim I would like to have a old style Bow Bonnet/Hood to prevent splash over. I saw once a folding type canvas of sort with metal rod construction extended or down. Any Ideas on such? If I could see a dio of any bonnet/hood it could give me a head start for the completion of such ie,Bow Bonnet.

Wooden Boat Fittings
10-31-2012, 08:01 AM
If you mean something like this (with or without clear panels) --

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then you could consider using fittings like these at each side to support the whole apparatus --


These particular ones takes 1/2" ID tubing over which your canvas or whatever the spray dodger is made of is stretched. They allow the dodger to be folded down if not required, and are available for coaming or deck mounting. This sort of dodger is typically used here on putt-putts or runabouts to keep the occasional dollop of spray off the passengers.


Todd Bradshaw
10-31-2012, 12:07 PM
Those are some handsome little buggers!

10-31-2012, 01:05 PM
Those are some handsome little buggers!

Where can I find ready made Dodger's

David G
10-31-2012, 01:18 PM
There are stock biminis (and - to a lesser extent - dodgers) available. The odds of your finding a fit for your boat are not great... but you could give it a shot. They're available from places like West Marine, and from some local marine canvas fabricators. It's more likely that you'll need to have one custom made for yourself... or fabricate one with your own hands. If making your own, Sailrite is a good resource.

10-31-2012, 01:33 PM
SailRite (http://www.sailrite.com/Dodger-Kit-Complete-3-Bow-1-Stainless-Steel-Frame-Fittings-Sunbrella) has kits. The best results will come from a professional. You'll leave the boat at his shop so he can measure and fit it exactly.

10-31-2012, 08:51 PM
Those are some handsome little buggers!

I received a pair of the coaming mount style in the mail today from Mike. They are even more elegant in person!

10-31-2012, 09:30 PM
There are fittings of similar function that work wit stainless tubing. These are more common. Sailrite and your local canvas mechanic are resources.

10-31-2012, 11:39 PM
If you want the folding half-dome (with aftside drop curtain maybe) have a canvas guy do it. Really.