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Old 06-11-2015, 15:12   #1
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Can I see your dodger?

...and sea hood? Especially for a boat like a Columbia 29, or Triton, or Bristol or Cape Dory or others in the 27'-32' area. I am trying to conjure up a good dodger for mine and would love to see how others have done it. My boom is fairly low so I am curious what kinds of creations others have come up with. Thanks!
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Re: Can I see your dodger?

One of my favorite questions:

Dodger Height with Flix

Note the way the frame is built: simple, functional and allows useful side windows. We rarely remove the covers when sailing, but at anchor it's nice to sit back and see out to the side.

also this:


Dodgers & Canvas 101 thanks to Maine Sail

sticker shock for dodger/bimini
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Old 06-11-2015, 15:25   #3
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Re: Can I see your dodger?

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One of my favorite questions:

Dodger Height with Flix

Note the way the frame is built: simple, functional and allows useful side windows. We rarely remove the covers when sailing, but at anchor it's nice to sit back and see out to the side.

also this:


Dodgers & Canvas 101 thanks to Maine Sail

sticker shock for dodger/bimini
Thanks. I did see one posted by Jon Eisberg a while back that looked intriguing too. I will be ducking pretty low for one on my boat. I was wondering if someone did something especially creative for a high house, low boom combo. ...and yes, then there is the price!
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Old 06-11-2015, 15:38   #4
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Re: Can I see your dodger?

Here's ours. we do need to stoop to get into the companionway, but it's low enough for the boom and solar panels.

this is on an allied seawind II.
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Re: Can I see your dodger?

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Thanks. I did see one posted by Jon Eisberg a while back that looked intriguing too. I will be ducking pretty low for one on my boat. I was wondering if someone did something especially creative for a high house, low boom combo. ...and yes, then there is the price!
The good news may be that you can see over the dodger when standing... If doing a Bimini also, with the Bimini high enough to stand at the wheel while looking over the dodger is great. a zip together is nice for at anchor especially when it pours! Of course it depends on where your boom ends.
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Re: Can I see your dodger?

it's older now. Center window is completely removable.
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Clearances under my dodger are ....
Height of dodger above cockpit gratings .. 1350mm
Height of dodger above cockpit seat .. 940mm
Overlap ( distance centre of dodger extends aft of frd cockpit bulkhead) 200mm
Short overlap means you don't have to be double jointed getting in and out of cabin.
Heoghts give good vis over the top when standing and just clear my head when sitting

Photos of my dodger can be seen here Dodger advice please.... posts #19 and #47
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Re: Can I see your dodger?

Our's is 1/4" aluminum, solid as can be, lots of 1/4" glass windows and tall enough so that I can sit upright under it (I'm 6-ft) while on watch, has an opening front window (ex-Lewmar hatch) for ventilation at anchor and all the major nav instruments mounted under it.

We have a Swan type "drop down the hole" entry hatch, so have to crawl in and out under the dodger.

Enough clearance for the boom, even when it sags a bit from a wet sail. Also protects you from the boom smacking your skull.

DeLuxe. Costly $$$$ (about $5,000). Heavy (195-lbs). Bullet proof.

If doing it again, I would go with 1/8" aluminum and 1/8" glass - at least on the front. Maybe eisenglass (sp?) on the sides?

You could lay it up out of fiberglass, or thin plywood, but it too should be thin (1/8") or less. Major project there, but something to do over the winter.

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Re: Can I see your dodger?

Imo, tall dodgers are ugly. You need to be able to get into the boat, but you really only need enough shelter under the dodger for one person on each side. If you keep the lines lower, it will improve the appearance of your boat.

We used to shower in the cockpit all the time. I had a sheet I draped over the windows in the dodger for privacy.

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The very best- Custom Dodgers Built by Iverson's Designs

Look in the gallery for ideas. Makrolon (sp?) for windows.

Iverson's has an office in Laguna and services your area.
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If you really want protection from the elements don't muck about with canvas... get something like this....
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Bristol 27
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Re: Can I see your dodger?

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If you really want protection from the elements don't muck about with canvas... get something like this....
Hmmmmm... not exactly what I was thinking of, but looks good for cold rainy weather!
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Imo, tall dodgers are ugly. You need to be able to get into the boat, but you really only need enough shelter under the dodger for one person on each side. If you keep the lines lower, it will improve the appearance of your boat.

We used to shower in the cockpit all the time. I had a sheet I draped over the windows in the dodger for privacy.

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Sailors can and do destroy the aesthetics of a sailboat with canvas work. My dodger is low and I refuse to have a bimini - too ugly.. PERIOD.
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https://youtu.be/Gt-g7mAQFM8

Dodger on a Pearson Triton at 4:15 ... interesting idea to include a "gallows" that acts as a sort of bimini. Also like that this setup is easy to collapse and remove when sailing (you can see this later in the video).
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