How to Make an Extension Panel Between a Dodger & Bimini

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Adding a connector or extension panel between your dodger and bimini is a great way to give your crew some protection from the elements while on the water. Although this might seem like a big sewing project, we'll guide you every step of the way in our easy-to-follow video tutorial. We'll cover everything from initial patterning to sewing up your extension panel using Sunbrella® Marine Grade Fabric and YKK® zippers.


With Sailrite instructions, tools and supplies, it has never been easier to create a custom extension panel between your dodger and bimini. The foundation of our project is Sunbrella Marine Grade Fabric. This durable, solution-dyed acrylic fabric is a leader in the marine industry because of its great resistance to water, mold, mildew, stains and fading. It's the best choice for a long-lasting extension panel!

When you're ready to sew for your boat, you don't need to feel overwhelmed! If you don't have a dodger or bimini yet, you can visit and select the "Kits" category at the top of the website. There you'll find our extensive selection of bimini and dodger frame and skin kits. These comprehensive kits provide you with all the fabric and supplies needed to sew your own bimini or dodger top or build the frame from the ground up.

Sailrite has everything you need to create high-quality projects for your boat that will hold up season after season! And our free step-by-step videos make assembly and sewing more approachable for professionals and beginners alike. If you need assistance with any step of your project, we have an entire team of customer support representatives that are only a phone call or email away!