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post #6 of Old 04-23-2004
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hard dodger vs. soft

I have a "Wavestopper" hard top dodger on my boat. While it is very sturdy and has great hand holds on it, I took a wave over the bow sailing in our blustery N. Pacific. The wave proceeded aft and to my great suprise, did not go over the dodger but went right through the lexan windows and down my wife''s back who was just coming up the companion way. The hard top never moved but the zippers holding the windows onto the dodger top just "unzipped". The zippers were forced apart by the force of the wave. We just zipped the windows back in and that was that. I wonder what would have happened to a soft dodger? That being said, I love the dodger because of the shelter it offers from the wind and spray, its secure handholds, and yes, I stand on top of it to put on my mains''l cover. The northern California climate makes the dodger a must have.
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