I would say where I am, It would cost over 12 today. We have one of the best canvas makers in the country in Grand Rivers and his quality is outstanding (Creative Canvas). Carina is right about never removing the dodger. Mine has a front panel that zips up on both sides and in hot weather I keep it rolled up except when it is raining. The rear center panel stays rolled up except when it is really cold or I am running downwind with a high wind
and want to keep the wind
off my back. My side panels just to the rear of the dodger stay on all year and are rolled up most of the time in the summer.
Thompsonisland asked about jib
and main sheets
. On my hunter
356 all the sheets run to blocks on the deck
and into the cockpit. There are holes for the sheets through the bottom of the dodger. I put a small block on one of the vertical dodger supports and changed my furler
line so I could attach it to my winch
. It just runs under the side panels of the dodger. I have lines attached to the center of the vang and run through the center of the mid ship cleat and then back and under the side of each dodger panel. I use those two lines as preventers and attach them to a winch
on the preventer side. I can control the boom and the preventer easily with that arrangement when running.
Some people prefer dodgers that are lower and more aerodynamic, but I prefer to have the full headroom
my setup has. i don't have to duck to go down below. I have found my setup to be just about ideal for me. If I were doing it over, I would change very little.