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Shop Talk Exterior
This traditional dodger, fabricated by Mark Hood of Hood Marine Canvas Consulting
(previously Hood Canvas), complements this classic boat with an 18-inch radius rounded
frame. It has a center roll-up window to provide airflow on hotter days. Photo: Mark Hood,
Hood Marine Camvas Consulting
removable handle. It is very important to
ensure a 360-degree rotational clearance
for the handle. A second consideration
is the clearance between a winch and/
or cleats mounted on the combing and
dodger wings for entering and exiting
the cockpit area. Although not always
possible, try to design with ample distance
between them to avoid a tripping hazard.
In both scenarios, a scalloped wing may
be the way to go to provide clearance
while still maintaining a good design.
The traveler line will run from forward
of the dodger windshield into the cockpit
on each side and, in some cases (not all),
may require an upward lift motion of
several inches. When it does, clearance can
be provided by aligning with the vertical
zipper connection of two panels or by
creating a vertical slit directly into the clear
vinyl. A cleaner installation is running the
line through a fairlead on the cabin top
and through the dodger windshield using
a small circular entry point, such as a large
grommet. This avoids the need for a large
slit in the windshield.
A close-up view of the outside
fabrication method by Dave Elliot,
David's Custom Trimmers, that
accommodates a traveler line
and the slotted clearance needed
in the dodger windshield.
An inside view of the traveler line installation
by Dave Elliot, David's Custom Trimmers.
The outside leather has a slight overlap
to seal the opening of the traveler line.
* Will they be storing the dodger
during the off-season? If so, a onepiece
traditional dodger might be a
lot for some to wrestle on and off the
boat. California-style dodgers not only
offer easier handling but also store flat.
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36 Marine Fabricator | Sept/Oct 2023
Design for functionality
Clearance, clearance, clearance. This
cannot be stressed enough. Your
clearance design can create a great
sailing experience or an unpleasant one.
Two very important aspects of sailing
are the winches and traveler line.
Winches are often mounted on the
combing in the cockpit or on the cabin
top and often have an 8-to-10-inch
Height considerations
The last thing you want is for your
clients to be hitting their heads
every time they get in and out of
the companionway or having the
dodger frame land at exactly eye level.
Most often, I find clients want to see
through the dodger rather than over
the dodger, which allows them to
sail with a connector for additional
shade. With taller clients, it can be
a challenge to balance this without
making the dodger appear boxy or
more like a tugboat than a sailboat.
To counter this, consider these
design moves:
* Maximize the forward and aft
length of the dodger top. The
longer this length, the shorter
the dodger will appear. It is good
practice to extend the aft edge of
the dodger a few inches past the
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