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    Im looking for a bow dodger for a 76 mako 25. Does anyone have any ideas?
    76 mako 25[br]

  • #2
    Tman78,

    I just ordered a prefab dodger from marine canopy. I havent received it yet so dont know how good it is. Check their sites at:

    https://www.facebook.com/MarineCanopy/

    OR

    marinecanopy.com
    [br]Captain W[br]1970 Mako 19

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    • #3
      I made mine using Sunbrella and patterning material from Sailrite.com. They have some instructional videos as well.


      [br]Michael R. Delgado[br]1972 Mako 22[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15745[br]1976 Mako 25[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=18013&SearchTerms=mako,25[br]

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      • #4
        JONESWR I currently have that bow dodger and im not to fond of it. It sits up rather high and I amunable to leave it up when under way. I think having one on a rail system would be easier to put up and down.
        76 mako 25[br]

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        • #5
          MrDelgado do you have a thread with building yours?

          Thanks
          76 mako 25[br]

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          • #6
            quote:


            Originally posted by Tman78


            MrDelgado do you have a thread with building yours?

            Thanks



            Yeah, it starts half way down on page 18 of my thread in my signature []
            [br]Michael R. Delgado[br]1972 Mako 22[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15745[br]1976 Mako 25[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=18013&SearchTerms=mako,25[br]

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            • #7
              Hey Joneswr. Did you get your bow dodger? If so have you installed it? Im curious as to what you think.
              76 mako 25[br]

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              • #8
                Hello - For what it's worth, I have an original size dodger on my 231 - As someone else in this thread pointed out having it up underway isn't good. You can't really see over it. The only things I have found it useful for are, if you should happen to be caught in the rain at anchor it's something to sit under or I put it up to keep the sun off my bowc cushions etc when I have them on the boat..Only leave it and them on for those periods where I might be entertaining. Take everything off when I'm back in fishing mode. Could be a little privacy for a porta potti too but I got rid og that plus don't have the drop curtain..Just some thoughts

                Bob S.
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                • #9
                  Bob S thank you for your thoughts. It looks like your bow dodger is the traditional style. I think it would be easier to use. My wife boughtthe other bow dodger when we purchased our boat. It is definitely a nice design although I personaly dont care to take it all apart to store it and reassemble it when using. I think a traditional bow dodger would be more functional. I am just curious what others might think as well.
                  76 mako 25[br]

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                  • #10
                    I have the original dodger on my 261 and love it! I use it often at anchor to provide some sun and wind protection on the bow. Mine has the "walls" that completely enclose the front cushions and provide us a perfect area to sleep on our overnights.

                    As others said, it is too high of a profile to run with it up - but that said, I have done it and it is definitely sturdy enough to handle it.

                    I highly recommend it!

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                    • #11
                      one more note... I got mine from a fellow Classic Mako member. He wasn't using it and I was happy to purchase it.

                      You may want to try a "Wanted - Bow Dodger" type add on Classic Mako and The Hull Truth... You never know what you will come up with!

                      Good luck

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                      • #12
                        I agree on the height. My bows are OE from a 261. So I cut it down 12" and now I have no issues seeing over it when cruising. I'm not sure why some are so tall.

                        They definitely serve their purpose


                        [br]Michael R. Delgado[br]1972 Mako 22[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15745[br]1976 Mako 25[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=18013&SearchTerms=mako,25[br]

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                        • #13
                          I have a dodger from a 231 that I am not using. It measures 65.5" across where it bolts to gunwale. Tubing is in good shape, canvas in good shape. May need a zipper. Doesn't fit current boat or I would be using. Folds down. in Massachusetts. Can see over it when running, can sit under for shade/rain. I am 6'1".

                          Steve
                          Steve[br]1989 Mako 231(sold)[br]1999 Mako 221[br]Newbury, Ma

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                          • #14
                            Hi Parker what is the span?
                            76 mako 25[br]

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                            • #15
                              Tubing to tubing is 48-50" . Tough to measure when not fastened to boat, but canvas angles out from that span.
                              Steve[br]1989 Mako 231(sold)[br]1999 Mako 221[br]Newbury, Ma

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