In the dead of the winter, I came across this 3-bow complete with all hardware in the local Craigslist. The owner of a new 4-Winns was putting on a wake tower and took this off. Yes, it was brand new!
He hesitated a bit at my low-ball offer but eventually accepted it. When I took it to the boat this spring and made a quick, eyeball fit up, it looked like it would work well.
I installed it the other day and its location and function is nearly perfect. It came with mostly everything I needed including the high-dollar “ball mount” fittings which make for lots of installation flexibility and ease of folding up into the boot when needed.
The next step will be to make a connector with zip-out window for mainsheet which will tie the Dodger to the Bimini. At the time I make this, I’ll also pattern for the rest of a complete cockpit enclosure.
If the windows in the Dodger look particularly clean and clear, it is only because they are new. I sewed in new StrataGlass this winter to replace the old cracked and yellowed windows. While the old Dodger has lots of miles on it, restitching, repairing and re-waterproofing will get me many more years of use.
Note the beautiful Rocna on the bow.