For some time I have been thinking about installing a hard top on Solitude II down here in Lyttelton. I wanted to retain the lines of the cabin etc to keep the side profile which I thought was not the case in some other examples reported.
The attached photos show what I have come up with. It took a lot of time in pattern making, construction, trial fitting, modification and finally the finished product. (There is still more sanding and painting at the join to be completed)
Constructed out of ply, then fibreglassed and lined inside ( Solitude is completely lined inside with Frontrunner) to retain the interior theme. The roof is four layers of ply over two main bearers to achieve the curve of the roof and the windows are 6mm Perspex for strength.
Compared with the previous canvas dodger, the instant impression is far better vision in all directions and a vast improvement in shelter and warmth in the cabin. I made the roof longer compared to some I have seen and it is very comfortable sitting under the shelter of the hardtop while letting the autopilot do it's thing. (Our weather down here is somewhat cooler than Auckland)
It should really prove it's worth when Sandy and I sail Solitude II from Lyttelton back to Picton.
Hoping this may be of interest,
Regards Arthur and Sandy Inns