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Shop Talk Exterior
This California-style dodger has five
attachable panels that can be used
in any configuration. California-style
dodgers provide maximum flexibility
for different sailing conditions.
This traditional/modern dodger
combines elements from both a
traditional dodger and California
dodger. It is a one-piece traditional
dodger with the flatter frame of a
California dodger to complement
the lines of the later model boat.
Large windows were added to the
dodger wings to maximize visibility.
Dodger designs from
a sailor's perspective
by Keri Ames
I
have been a sailor longer than I
have been a marine fabricator. In
fact, being a sailor is how I got
into this business. I often hear from
fellow fabricators that the client is
not always right, but when it comes
to dodger design, it is important
to listen to the client's desires.
A dodger is an important feature
of a sailboat that can greatly enhance
the sailing experience. It is an
essential component in providing
protection from the elements for the
companionway and cockpit area. When
done correctly, it will complement the
overall look of the boat and function
well. When done poorly, it can be an
eyesore and a nuisance. According to
the sailors I spoke with, here are the
most important features of a dodger:
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* It provides protection
from the weather.
* It offers a good line of sight.
* It enables easy companionway access.
* It provides airflow.
* It does not interfere with sailing.
This article will help you understand
how to achieve a great dodger
design that your clients will love.
Dodger styles
There are two basic dodger types: a traditional
dodger and a California dodger.
A traditional dodger is fabricated
all in one piece that is seamed across
the front bow of the frame. It will
typically have a front center rollup
window and a more rounded
frame. I use a custom 18-inch radius
bender to achieve this look.

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