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A California dodger will have a
fabric top with anywhere from two to five
removable panels. It will feature a flatter
frame and will typically provide better allaround
visibility. It very much resembles a
small bimini with an enclosure. California
dodgers are increasing in popularity;
however, traditional dodgers are still
commonly found on classic boats.
Determine the right style
Determining the right dodger style for
your clients depends on a variety of
factors. Asking the following questions
can help you assess the pros and
cons of both dodger styles and guide
your clients to the right decision.
* How do the clients use their boat?
For example, clients who use the
boat for both cruising and racing may
want to fold down and/or remove the
dodger during races. A traditional
dodger can be designed to fold
down, although folding clear vinyl
repeatedly will damage it well before
the end of its life. In this scenario, a
California dodger with removable
panels might be a better option.
* What type of climate are they
sailing in? If your client sails in an
area with significant temperature
changes, having the ability to remove
some or all of the panels to increase
airflow provides maximum flexibility
unlike a traditional dodger with only
a single center panel to roll up.
* What is most aesthetically
pleasing to both the client and
the boat? Classic boats, which
typically have a narrower beam,
look better with a traditional
dodger. Newer boats with wider
beams look better with a California
dodger, which has a flatter frame.
* How wide is the cabin top? Can your
client easily see around the sides? If
not, a traditional dodger may impede
visibility too much, and a Californiastyle
dodger might be the better option.
This California-style dodger has three removable panels and was designed to
accommodate a taller captain. Additional crown was added, and the shoulder width
was narrowed to lower the overall appearance. This dodger also has an example of a
single hole accommodation for a traveler line leading to a fairlead and block.
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The top frame in this photo was bent using a 10-inch radius block producing
a flatter top frame used for most California-style dodgers. The bottom bow was
bent using a custom 18-inch radius block giving it a much more rounded frame
and more appealing look for traditional-style dodgers on classic boats.
Yachtsman's Canvas and Marine Training utilizes a custom 18-inch radius bender to
achieve a smooth rounded top when making traditional dodgers for classic sailboats.
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