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Marlin posted 07-06-2005 12:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for Marlin   Send Email to Marlin  
About a year ago, I had some questions about a forward shelter for the 160 Dauntless. Mills doesn't make one, and my experience with some local shops wasn't very good (two extremely expensive quotes, and two "no thanks"). The previous discussions can be found here:

This past weekend Yiddil and I did a little experiment, and moved the Mills shelter from his Nantucket onto my Dauntless. It fits, and rather well at that! The front of the shelter must be at the very inside edge of the gunwale at the bow in order for the shelter bows to clear the bowrail when the shelter is collapsed, but it's very workable.

You can see photos of our test-fit at . Since we were just holding the shelter in place, it looks a bit baggy in these photos, but with regular mounting I think it would firm up quite nicely. Hopefully this will become a permanent addition to my boat later this year.

Thanks again, Henry, for allowing me to disassemble your lovely boat.


Yiddil posted 07-06-2005 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
HI Bob, Great Pics (not of my rear:)) Yep, that was interesting....Marlin came prepared to take "Das BOat apart...But I trusted him completely, and knew we would get it back on Das BOat with a gun in his back after we found that it fit beautifuly!It's always a great learning pleasure to play with you Marlin:)I always get so much from our get togethers, not to mention trying to steal your Golden and take her home:) hehe Wait...maybe we can make a deal for that Dodger yet...used Dodger, used Golden:)))) You will be missed at the JUly 10th get together...but I know we will do another one together when your free:)) If I come down to Das Boat, and the Dodger is gone, I now know who to call about it :)))

But I think that if it saved you thousand for a dodger, and is workable, then you will be very happy, and I was super glad I could do a little something for you as your always such a great educator about boating with me and Das Boat!

See you when you get back from your other adventures:)))

bspencer posted 07-07-2005 06:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for bspencer  Send Email to bspencer     
Great, thanks for posting this. I think I will need to add one to. My wife and I have been looking for a way to shade my 16 month daughter while she sleeps (other than holding her under the Bimini).

So I take it this was a stock Mills enclosure for a Nantuket then?


Marlin posted 07-07-2005 06:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Yes, it's the stock Nantucket item.
Yiddil posted 07-08-2005 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Bob, we need to get "Zesah" my golden with Dawn as soon after your return")))
cmarques posted 07-08-2005 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
Those pictures look like your on to something good. I've been thinking about the same thing lately. Since it looks about console high in the pictures is there a clear view across the front when standing at the console?


Marlin posted 07-09-2005 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Chris, the shelter is about the same height as the console rail, so there's no impact on visibility when standing. When seated at the pilot's seat, visibility is completely obscured (as you would expect), except for what you can see out of the relatively large front window of the shelter. I wouldn't want to run the boat that way!


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