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: 34 Marine Fabricator | Sept/Oct 2023 * 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.