A hard dodger/pilot house is definitely on my list of improvements to my new center cockpit ketch
. I've suffered without them on two sloops wanting them and plan to suffer no longer. I still haven't decided on the aesthetics, a few preliminary drawings have been made but the time to start construction is fast approaching. I've got a few other projects slightly higher or at least equal priority.
Concerning why the boats aren't built with them in the first place: Most boats are designed to make a name for themselves in racing
. A dodger
doesn't fit the classic lines of a sailboat. They cost money
. Size, hard vs soft, bimini
vs hard top, vs pilot house, these are all personal preferences, how can a designer
decide, best to let the owner decide and add it later. IMHO, Jon