How to Make a Dodger Video
Stay sheltered from rain or spray while underway and at the dock with a dodger. Sometimes called a spray hood, a dodger covers the companionway and acts like a windshield, offering protection to those in the cockpit. Custom dodgers can be expensive from a canvas shop, but you can get a custom fit for less by building your own using a dodger kit and Sailrite’s comprehensive video instructions.
These video instructions will walk you through the entire process of building a dodger including building the frame, patterning the fabric and sewing it all together. In the video we cover how to build a 2-bow frame, but there is a discussion on the necessary adjustments to make if you want to build a bigger, 3-bow dodger, instead. You’ll also learn how to install an optional roll-up window in the front of the dodger to allow for extra airflow.
At Sailrite, we offer complete dodger kits that contain everything you need to build your own dodger including: the framing, Sunbrella Marine Grade fabric, O’Sea window material, mounting hardware and supplies as well as a DVD of this video and PDF written instructions. Kits are available for the fabric only as well as 2- and 3-bow set ups.
Previously these How to Make a Dodger video instructions were only available as a DVD but now we’re sharing them in a free streaming format. You can now watch all of the over 4 hours How to Make a Dodger video content in the below playlist. There is a list of video segments included in the playlist so you can skip ahead to various steps in the process.
- Make Your Own Dodger - Intro
- Building the Frame & Creating a Pattern
- Patterning Fabric
- Installing Window & Forward Edge Facing
- Creating Tails & Aft Zipper Sleeve
- Sewing Center & Aft Sleeve & Tail
- Attaching Front & Top Panels & Finishing Sleeve, Tail & Window
- Installing Dodger
- Patterning & Sewing Side Curtain
- Installing a Roll-Up Window
- Discussion of 3-Bow Dodger
- Installing Rigid Support Struts