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Old 26-07-2016, 05:39   #61
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Re: Dodger? Yes or No

Fitted a new dodger and bimini last weekend. Sailing without for 2 months and started feeling like a twice baked potato. Now with them I can relax in the shade, take cover in the rain and more dully enjoy the boat. Both are mission critical. Custom made canvas to your way of sailing is so nice. No tubes in my back or near my head, windows exactly where I need them, styling to match the lines in the boat, folding bimini to remove the ceiling if I desire, removable glass for the wind factor - all fantastic. Make sailing that much better.

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Old 26-07-2016, 05:50   #62
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Re: Dodger? Yes or No

I've sailed many years without a dodger. for a long time I never thought anything of it. As I got older and comfort in the elements got higher on the scale, a dodger became something to think about. I built a hard one on one boat, as I didn't have the money to hire someone to build one. I built it our of glass and wood with plexiglass windows. I made it removable to cut windage in case of hurricanes, altho i never needed to do so. I got another boat without one and missed it immensely. Not long after that I got a sewing machine and a tubing bender and built one. Ahhh.

I noticed that the extra added windage gave me a little more weather helm, but that was negligible, as I wasn't racing. and I can fold it down if need be. Yes it does cut down on visibility fwd and I do have to be a little flexible when transiting the companionway. I have to be a little more active,,,ie...stepping to the side for a view fwd to see the headsail trim or see my path immediately fwd of the boat, in close quarters or stretch a little to see over top. My body thanks me by being a little less stiff. I've had 14 broken bones through my life and the less active I am, the more they let me know which ones were broken.

all the things mentioned above, in previous posts are why I prefer one, also, when at anchor I can leave the companionway open in the rain. With the durrades it helps the air flow to keep the cabin fresher.

It's your choice and I can only give you my experience. But if you have a partner/crew. they may thank you when they are sitting on watch on a wet night and that would make them more companionable. ;-) A happy crew is a well functioning ship.


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