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The Dodger – Season 2, Episode 1…

September 27, 2016

I know I have been holding you all in suspense after the ‘Dodger’ cliff hanger posted last May.  I know, a long time for you to wait for season 2. I have received a lot of demands clamouring for the next Season so here goes:

Struggling down the dock to get on with the installation

Francois and ? struggling down the dock to get on with the installation

Whilst we were winging our way across the African desert on the way back to Canada Francois, the builder, was making moves to install the dodger. I am not sure how much the dodger weighs in total but I suspect about 35 kilo ( I will ask Francois)

Connie is happy

                                                             Connie is happy

From the outside it looks large but these things are always a bit of a compromise. One of the pluses is the handhold that surrounds the upper edge of the dodger. For us that’s a big plus as we don’t have an entrance to the cabin below from the cockpit. We must get out of the cockpit around the dodger and then enter from through the centre companionway. With the hand holds and a well secured dodger we have a solid handhold despite the weather.

A dry comfortable place to sit both at anchor and at sea

                      A dry comfortable place to sit both at anchor and at sea

The view from the cockpit is even better. The dodger provides a great place to sit out of the wind but in places where it’s quite hot the centre window is hinged inwards and is held to the top of the dodger allowing air to more freely through the cockpit for good ventilation. Of course, closed, it provides a dry place to sit and good visibility on all sides.

Lift up solar panel on the top of the dodger

                                Lift up solar panel on the top of the dodger

An added advantage is the housing for the dodger for the solar panel. It sits in a slight well in the roof of the dodger. The well also acts as a water collector with drainage through both the port and starboard side of the well. There’s not much rain here in South Africa but just recently we have had torrents of rain and I can verify the drains work well.

So, this is not the end. Everything works well so far but episode two of season 2 will be written after we once again set to sea.  Oh, I can hear the groans but too bad the story will end with another cliff hanger on episode 2.

 

13 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2016 14:49

    I’ve been searching Netflix trying to find season 2 of the Sage Saga of the Dodger!!!
    Now you need to get the fire hose out for some trials.
    Paul

    • September 27, 2016 17:01

      I guess going around the Cape of Good Hope in a few months should take of that.

  2. Sue Donaldson permalink
    September 27, 2016 16:32

    WOW–I would call that a wheelhouse rather than a dodger! Pretty skookum, want to see a pic of how it looks on Sage overall.

  3. Wayno permalink
    September 27, 2016 16:37

    I agree with Sue. Also, it was a rip snorting breath taking ….. fizzer. More suspense please!

  4. September 27, 2016 17:22

    A rare beauty! The dodger’s nice too. Fred

  5. Louise permalink
    September 27, 2016 18:52

    I can’t take the suspense! Don’t leave us hanging like that next time.

    Nice dodger.

  6. Annie Boldt permalink
    September 28, 2016 00:41

    If Connie is happy and you are happy I am happy too!
    Annie B.

  7. Donald Innes permalink
    September 30, 2016 03:18

    Boy the new Dogger looks great. That will be a great asset for your boat as stated and make the cockpit under more temp control eh. I see you built a passage way from the galley to the cockpit under cover. It was a hatch before the cockpit when you left Victoria was it not ??? Or is that my failing mind !!!

    • September 30, 2016 04:00

      There has never been an entrance from the cockpit to down below. There is a large hatch in the cockpit in which one can, in an emergency, squeeze through to get down. The main companionway has always been forward of the dodger.

      Tony GibbOnboard SageSimons Town0627920727

  8. Terry Johnson permalink
    October 13, 2016 02:41

    Hi. great so see your blog. I’m the new owner of the Vancouver 27 originally known as Hejira. She was languishing in a lake in Montana and I’ve brought here to Alaska so she can taste the saltwater again. I have plans to sail to the Aleutians, maybe the Bering Sea and beyond. I have many questions, of course, and observations that may amuse you. I couldn’t find a phone number but I guess that’s because you are cruising. Is there an email address where I could reach you?
    Terry Johnson

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