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Re: Sailboat performance change
Bimini-Dodger combos can make it really hard to see out of the cockpit and to see sail shape. I like the shade that the bimini provides for a couple of weeks a year, but hate it most of the time. However you are in FL and they might be a fact of life there.
Are either of them designed for quick folding? In FL I'd think that you'd want to be able to fold the dodger down quickly so that you could get a breeze through the cockpit anyway. On some dodger designs this is as simple as unhooking two straps (one on each side) and pushing it forward against the cabin top, it really only takes a few seconds.
If that is the case you could just fold the dodger down before docking.
Otherwise I agree with others that the best plan is to lower the dodger, not raise it.
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