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aft opening of the companionway,
particularly for boats without a
connector. It will help prevent
rainwater from dripping directly on
top of or into the companionway.
* Increase the amount of crown. In
most cases, for aesthetic reasons, I
look to match the crown of the frame
with the " crown " of the cabin top. To
accommodate a taller dodger, adding
more crown allows maximum height
in the center while decreasing the
height moving toward the sides, which
also makes it appear slightly shorter.
* Avoid a boxy or straight upand-down
look. This can be done
by increasing the rake of the front
windshield and/or decreasing the
shoulder width of the frame from the
mounting point. When decreasing
the shoulder width, be careful to still
allow proper clearance for any cabin
top winches and handles. You will also
need to ensure the dodger will both
fit under the boom and have proper
clearance for the mainsheet, which
often runs close to parallel with the
windshield, possibly extending over the
top of the dodger. It is very important
to have your client set the boom in
" sailing position. " Many clients will
raise the boom height when in port.
My last piece of advice is to be creative!
A dodger is an excellent project for
letting your creativity shine. A dodger
should look like it was an original part of
the boat design and not an add-on. Features
like scalloped wings, rounded window
corners mimicking the shape of the
port windows and details created with
stitching and fabrics are all great ways
to set your dodger apart from others.
Keri Ames is the owner, fabricator and instructor at
Yachtsman's Canvas and Marine Canvas Training.
She has trained extensively with Mark and Deb
Hood of Hood Marine Canvas Consulting in
Rhode Island and Dave Elliot of David's Custom
Trimmers, Brisbane, Australia. She has received
multiple MFA Excellence Awards for her dodgers.
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