Frequently Ask Questions

FAQ2018-06-20T19:28:40+00:00
What’s a “Universal” item?2020-10-01T17:19:29+00:00

The term “universal” is used when a part is not boat/vehicle-specific. This means it was not designed to fit one or a select few boats.

Universal does NOT mean the part/bow dodger cabin will fit any boat. In most cases, one or more of the following will be required:

  • Sufficient surface on the gunwale to lay the mounting track and rest the legs of the frames ( 2″ minimum for both items combined if the Weather-tight cabin is chosen) 
  • Sufficient gunwale height
  • The boat’s bow dimension should be within the advised dimension brackets of each size and model cabin 
  • Sufficient length on the bow to accommodate the cabin’s length 
  • If you have a bow railing; please let us know about its type and location
  • If your boat’s bow has an unusual shape or uneven gunwale; please consult with us 

Example; As shown on our Photo Gallery;

The Weather-tight model, 17ft to 25ft size cabin will – universal- fit ; 

Angler 204 CC

AquaSport 21′ Osprey

AquaSport 222 Osprey

Boston Whaler 270 Vantage DC

Century 2100 CC

Century 2200 CC

Grady-White 230 Fisherman CC

Janmor WA 580 Sun deck

Key West 239 FS

Mako 19′ CC

and so on… 

Link to cabin; https://www.marinecanopy.com/product/boat-shade-small-bow-dodger/

How should I perform dry fit?2020-08-03T21:40:09+00:00

How should I perform dry fit?

It is very simple, yet one of the most important steps of the cabin installation.

  1.  Remove Frame A and C from the cabins canvas, set the rest of the cabin, and insect screen aside.
  2. Find your reference line on the bow – where you will like your cabin to start – and measure back 21″, mark this point with blue tape.
  3. Using the same reference line; measure back 71″ ( or for a larger cabin 81″ ) and again mark that point with blue tape.
  4.  Position Frame A ( the smallest/ most forward frame ) horizontally on the 21″ mark, then mark the points on the gunwale with blue tape where the legs of the frames are resting.
  5.  Position Frame C horizontally at the 71″ ( or 81″ for the larger cabins ) and again mark with blue tape the points where the legs of the frames are resting on the gunwale.

These marked ( blue tape ) points on your gunwale are your guidelines/ parameter for laying down the mounting track.

You may find Frame A or C a bit wider or narrower than the desired width that suits your gunwale dimensions. Remember the aluminum frames of the cabin are flex outward and inward, as listed on the product description Shop pages.

Dry fit instructions
Bow Dodger Dry Fit Instructions
Dry fit instruction guide Marine Canopy Dodger
Marine Canopy Bow Dodger Dry Fit instructions
Can I run with the Bow WOW Trackless ?2019-04-04T16:44:52+00:00

Bow WOW Trackless models are function as a tent, will withstand light wind, yet not designed to be deployed while vessel is underway.

Work perfect for anchorage and sandbar hangouts, afternoon siesta, overnight camping, etc. It will provide a fantastic shelter from sun, rain and wind.

How the instant cabin will fit my boat?2018-12-24T16:24:43+00:00

The Element is a universal fit instant cabin; it is available in five sizes. There is nothing like our item on the market. What make our product special and unique are our proprietary design and the product ability to form its shape for each and every boat.
The boat owner will decide the desired shape of the canopy that suite his boat’s bow. Our instant cabin, THE ELEMENT comes with pre-cut, high finished pvc track; you will shape the track according to your boat’s bow shape and dimension. As long the track will be installed correctly, – which is a very simple and easy installation – it is 100% guarantee that the canopy will be a perfect fit.

https://www.marinecanopy.com/measurement-instructions/

Do you offer Warranty?2019-11-19T15:15:21+00:00

Yes.

Each cabin going through an inspection before packaging, cabins were installed on inspection bench, tested for fabric defect, and potential sawing error, as well as stress testing. We are confident that you will receive a high-quality product.

2-year warranty; Cabin’s canvas, aluminum frames, mounting track and zipper
1-year warranty; Storage sleeve, straps, and curtain & screen

Please read Care Instructions in the next tab.

NOTE: Company/manufacturer reserves the right to deny warranty in case of foul play or misuse of the product.

What if The ELEMENT does not fit my vessel?2017-04-02T09:01:04+00:00

The ELEMENT is designed to fit almost any size of vessel, and we do provide sizing guides for you to use pre-order. However, if the canopy fails to fit, our company offers 30-day Money Back guarantee (as long the product is returned in unused condition and in its original box.)

Is the bow dodger custom – made ?2017-12-16T15:10:12+00:00

No. The Element is an innovated bow dodger / instant cabin. It is a manufactured item and does NOT build to individual specifications.

The Element has two registered U.S. Patents and six individual claims regarding its functionality and design. Our unique and proprietary design features a free standing support frame. The Element’s frame is designed to flex and accommodate a wide range of boats and bow shapes.

What size of The ELEMENT should I purchase – I have a 26’ Mako 261 center console?2017-04-02T08:57:27+00:00

We recommend the medium size canopy.

How long does it take to install The ELEMENT?2017-04-02T08:55:53+00:00

The installation of The ELEMENT will only take few minutes, and you can start enjoying your prefab instant cabin immediately!

How much room will there be inside The ELEMENT once installed?2017-04-02T08:55:11+00:00

In general, The ELEMENT can accommodate 2 adults and 2 small children; however, it depends on your vessel’s bow area setup.  As a day shelter, there is about 4’ to 5’ of space between seats and The ELEMENT, so even a tall person can comfortably be seated below the canopy.

Are the entrance privacy curtain and the insect screen removable?2017-04-02T08:52:30+00:00

Yes, both are easily removable with a set of zippers.

How many pieces of the canopy will I have to assemble before installation?2017-04-02T08:51:38+00:00