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Yiddil posted 06-22-2004 11:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for Yiddil   Send Email to Yiddil  
Hi ALL:)Whaler dealer has the dodger Ive been waiting on for the Bow...but...I cant bring the boat to them 200 miles round trip with this back so Im going to pick up the dodger tomorrow, and try and install with my Marina people instead....

Anyone got experience in installation on the nantucket or know how it attaches? Picks of inside? Ive seen the picks of the outside...

How does the dodger interfer with the Ank Lines??? if at all???? Does the Plastic front unzip???

Will be a Mills Bow dodger...any help or picks greatly appreciated:) Thanks in advance, Henry AKA THE YIDDIL

Sal A posted 06-23-2004 05:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Yiddil,

http://www.msnusers.com/BOWDODGER

Let's hope this works; I created this mini website on MSN with a few pictures of my bow dodger when they were installing it. Some of the pictures are dark, but I hope they will do. I will also invite you to call Mark Daffner and Peter at Ocean Beach Marina in Lanoka Harbor, NJ. I am pretty sure they will be happy to talk to you about how they did my install (Peter is a member of this site; captreils i believe).

I'd love to tell you about the install myself, but that would presume that I am handy.

Sal A posted 06-23-2004 05:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Or try this link instead... I "shortcutted" it:

http://www.msnusers.com/BOWDODGER/shoebox.msnw?albumlist=2

Yiddil posted 06-23-2004 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Hi Sal, thanks, I looked at the prints, made a few B@W copies just to keep....BOY! yours looks great!!!!I picked mine up today from BW Dealer here....Was glad to get it nd Ill have the Marina guys do it at St. Clements, but I wanted to give them an idea as to what there lookin at...

I was suprized to see dock line in the pics...havnt unwraped mine...theres a seperate bag of hardware and a Diagram from MIlls...Im sure its all there somewere:))

Things I didnt see...How do you get the anchor our under the Bow Doger???? or do you??? Is it a pain????

Does the Plastic window unzip from the inside???? or does it at all?

BW tells me that they didnt follow Mills Direction as it complecated the install on another Nantucket????Need a blow by blow if it can be had???? Lining it up etc....

Thanks so much for all your help....choppin to get it on....its all your fault...yours looked so good, I had to have one!!!!...tired of havin my A-- hangin out there in the breeze heheheh, now Ill have serious zzzzzzz's under that thing!!! in the shade!!!!cause the bow cusion is the most comfortable Ive ever been on.........

thanks again, Henry AKA THE YIDDIL

Sal A posted 06-25-2004 06:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Hey Yiddil,

The window does unzip from the inside. However, to be honest, it is a pain to take off the bow cushion, unzip the front window and feed the anchor out through there. I did it once. What I have done since that first time is bring the anchor, chain, and line out of the locker in a fishing bucket, and anchor out my stern. This is probably not too orthodox, but it works so far in the sandy bottom 5ft-deep bay that I boat in.

Re blow by blow... call 609 693 2347, ask for Mark Daffner; I am sure he would be happy to help.

Sal

Yiddil posted 06-25-2004 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Sal, Thanks for the info...brought it down to the Marina, and they can install it when they find the time along with the Icom 502 I got for fathers day:)) The bays off the Potomac are also muddy bottomed, I usually throw a hook in off a sand bar at maybe 15 feet or beach it(havn't done that with the Nantucket....hehe but eventually I will..in about 3 feet of water and throw in another hook at the stern so the waves dont wash me ashore:) I hope that dodger isnt more of a pain than its worth...but I really want the shelter ...question...when it folds down does it coem witha boot or you just tie her up...didnt see a boot in the sealed package...seeems it sits on top of the gunnals so its not in the way of the Bow cusion and rest are I plan to sleep on:)))) Thanks for all your good advice:)) Henry AKA THE YIDDIL
Yiddil posted 06-26-2004 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Sal HIYas:)
Well that was quick....went down to the Marina today and WHAM!They installed the Forward Dodger and the Icom 502 and she was ready to go...

Couple of different install solutions though...the entena is mounted on braket to the left of the CC but on the front of the CC so it dosn't hinder use of the rails and folds down nice without putting an extra hole in the side of the CC...came out under the plex..shield. I was suprized but like the idea after I had a chance to run with it:)

The Dodger...It looks great...very snug fit...they didn't use the two extra loops on either side, they said it wasnt nessessary...and its not....they told me to be carefull of that little plastic dohickie center bow...not even sure what thats for???

Tying up and getting out of the slip was a bit different as was throwing a hook in but got the hang of it after a bit...set the anchor up prior to dropping it...on a square cusion, so that was no biggie.......

Question ...what to do with that plastic window that dosnt zip out completly??????? Roll it up and vencrow it???? what a bad design!

Boat ran very nice with it on(dodger)it was nice for sleeping out of the sun too:)and Im sure it will be one of my favorite attachements........

Im not sure how or even if they attached the Garmin 188C to the ICOM 502 for emergency coordinate sending...need to ask how thats done and if they did...

Ill send you pics when I bring a camera down...tomorrow, what else...I go on that Nantucket a often as I can:))) hehe
Best Regards, Henry AKA THE YIDDIL

Sal A posted 06-27-2004 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Yiddil,

Perhaps they can alter the design for improvement, but I am generally very pleased with mine. The forward shelter is so rugged and solid, I feel I can sit on her top.

Had the Mary Alice on the water this glorious morning, with my two younger children, Billy and the boat's namesake, Mary Alice. They hung out underneath the shelter to stay out of any spray, as well as a hot sun. I think this is the best addition one can get for the boat.

I will snap some more pics and I hope you do the same buddy.

Yiddil posted 06-27-2004 11:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Sal,
Thanks, didnt get the pics done today, mostly boaing in the POr right, the top and fram are very sturdy, and after running with it, I may ask the marina guys to install those extra hooks just to keep her from flapping as it did a bit, but really not much. with them not there there is an inch of space the last 12-16 inches, which in a way I like cause it give the heat a place to disapate...will see.....I guess thats the choice, snug all the way around or not....The window like I said should have zipped all the way out but what the heck....I have a zipper on the end and what looks like male gromets on the side, but the Bimini dosnt have a zipper on it and Im wondering how that would all tie in or if it could from mills??? do you know???? Ill get the pics up soon:)))

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