Re: New Dodger
I also wish our dodger was a little lower. It is setup right now so that the top rail is right at my eye line. As a result I often end up standing on the rear bench when motoring to clearly see over the dodger. The big dodger is nice when sailing in crappy weather though, it is a lot warmer sitting near it than elsewhere in the cockpit. When we've been sailing in big winds and cold weather everyone's favorite job is to work the traveler and mainsheet, because then they can hide behind the dodger.
Our dodger was made by Iverson in Olympia, WA (already mentioned). It seems very nicely made. I had nothing to do with the business end of it, the dodger was already installed when we bought the boat. When the fabric fails I'll probably have them make the replacement.
I agree that side grab rails are essential.
boats that I sail on regularly: Pearson 28-2, Rondar 505, Yankee 30, Blanchard Junior