Mikes Marine Custom Canvas, Virginia Beach, Va.
This project, which won an Award of Excellence in the dodger category of the 2009 MFA Awards, involved a new dodger with extra large removable windows, including a swing-up center window that snaps to the reinforced aft pocket. The client had Mikes remove an existing 10-foot-long bimini with enclosure to build the new dodger, but, for his comfort, wanted to keep the old canvas in place while the company constructed the new one. The windows attach to the fiberglass with track, zippers and Velcro. The frame is supported by forward stanchions and side grab rails, eliminating the need for aft tensioning straps. The client later added a bimini and connector to fully cover his cockpit.