Originally Posted by and4ew
My Bayfield 29c has a dodger. My previous boat did not and although I got used to the visibility and the breeze, and the occasional splash I appreciate the protection a dodger provides. My question is: are some dodgers designed to fold forward and some not? In the enclosed pic you can see a piece that seems to prevent folding. If I made it removable (there is one on each side) I think I can just push the dodger forward on fairweather days and pop it up when needed. Do you see any issue with doing this?
Most people don't fold their dodgers even if it is designed to be folded. Fresh air and visibility are not high priority for them. The next step is a hard dodger.
However I don't usually trust a sailor who never needs fresh air in his(her) face.
For ten years we had no dodger, and that was sailing 90 times a year in the Pacific North West. We had good foulies though.
Then we made a dodger and made sure it was foldable. We fold it quite a lot.
It take 30 seconds to fold it. The windows are foldable material, you just have to know where to crease them so that they fold cleanly. No un-zipping required (zippers let water
in when they are doused, it doesn't seem like much but after 24 hours of it you are wet inside). So sealing it against the water
coming back from the bow is essential, and ours is well sealed.
But in Mexico
, during racing
season, the dodger comes off entirely and is in storage
. The air is warm and there isn't much wave action.
So, foldable dodger and even better, removable dodger, is best of all.