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TheWiskey posted 11-12-2001 04:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for TheWiskey   Send Email to TheWiskey  
I have purchased a Dauntless 22 2001. I have small children of the ages 1,
3, 5, and I need a forward shelter for those times that they need a little
more protection from the elements.

My boat is in Caracas Venezuela. I would like to find someone who could build these canvas (red) and send it to me so I can have it install. I contacted Mills Canvas but they do not build a forward shelter for this boat. I am looking for someone that would provide the same quality as the originals from Mills and also a good design, that could be folded out of the way in a practical manner.

This forum has helped me before and I am very grateful. I hope you can help me again

lhg posted 11-12-2001 05:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
If I remember correctly, the 22 Dauntless does not have a proper bow gunwale design to accomodate a forward shelter properly. The Outrage hulls have a raised curb on the inside gunwale edge, which allows the shelter to be snapped over this, giving complete water infiltration protection. This is missing on the Dauntless designs. A shelter can still work for you, but it may not be water tight at the gunwale. I would think it would still be a valuable addition to the boat, however. You can see some good pictures of the Mills designs in the Rendezvous and Cetacea sections, that maybe your fabricator could work from. They all have two SS bows, have a two piece window in front, and pretty much come back to the console front rail. Your design should be done so that you can also add a flying top, and connect the two with a windshield.
hauptjm posted 11-12-2001 05:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
An idea may be to contact a reputable sail maker in your area. North Sails or someone of that quality could design and manufacture what you're looking for. They make bimini tops for boats (both sail & power).

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