Originally Posted by Ocean Girl
Wow, w marine canvas
, I just took a look at your website you do beautiful work. Can you describe the features you think are best in a cruising dodger
. I see your dodgers are designed very stout, frankly, havent seen such a good design before, do you work with boats that are out of state?
Well, thank you so much for your flattering comments!
It's difficult to just generally say which features are important for all cruising dodgers as I feel that the ocean-going passage-maker obviously has different needs than the weekend lake sailor. For an offshore
dodger I try to keep it as "sleek" or low-profile as possible, but not at the expense of comfort. For a lot of boats the ideal dodger is one that provides nice headroom
for working with lines on the cabin-top as well as keeping the rain out of the companionway
on a wet day. I try to discuss with customers what their ideal uses for the boat will be and we start from there.
As far as working with boats that are out of state, unfortunately I am not equipped to do this quite yet. As I am able to incorporate a bit more technology into my processes this may yet become a possibility although I think the ultimate goal would be to limit the number of trips to the boat but not eliminate them completely. I would not feel comfortable shipping
a frame and completed dodger off to a customer without any follow-up guidance, an incorrectly installed dodger or other piece of canvas can end up not only becoming an eye-sore but at worst can be a safety
Thanks again for your kind comments!