Our boat has a hard dodger. We love it. Keep the boat in the Chesapeake so having the dodger extends the season, and on cold mornings when there is a breeze, it is a godsend. Takes the bite from the wind
. The front has two clear glass panels
, and while a third opening one in the center would be ideal, it did not come with one. A hatch
(Lewmar 30) on top that opens helps circulate air. There are ceiling lights in the dodger (as well as stereo speakers), so I can read and listen to music
in the evening at anchor.
As you can see, we have a Bimini and full enclosure as well. All the sides on the enclosure zip out for removal
when underway in good weather
, and the side and aft curtains roll up as well if you do not want to unzip everything. We added screen sections to the two aft panels
, and we can roll up the clear glass sections in those panels to expose the screens, providing ventilation. Such an arrangement allows us to use the cockpit as a room (primarily dining and reading) in the evening at anchor on the Bay when the bugs come.