Originally Posted by daletournier
A good bimini dodger set up is an absolute must for me, just wouldn't cruise
without a good set up. I spend a majority of time in the cockpit. Ok it effects performance to a degree and some people prefer the clean streamline look of no bimini or dodger, for me this is a small price
to pay, give me the comfort that comes from being out of the sun and the rain anyday. They can be set up well as to limit interference
with watch keeping. I wouldnt have a boat with the traveller in the cockpit due to it getting in the way of a good binimi and my living space. I think you can make the set up look quite nice if the right person does the job.
My boat is a high freeboard, center cockpit
so I already have a strike against sleek lines and adding a dodger and bimini doesn't help. However as an engineer
I learned to relate to function as beauty. The shade and comfort underway from a bimini is worth it.
My dodger also has an opening center section so in fair weather
you can let the breeze blow through. Also, even with the bimini stowed the dodger covers the main companionway hatch
so you can keep it open even in the rain, another significant comfort issue.
At the end of the day, both dodger and bimini fold up and lay on deck
in front of the cockpit mostly out of the way so when you want you can go back to full, open air exposure or get that sleek look of the boat to impress your friends (or that extra 1/16 of of a knot
to win the race).