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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
In many cases the hard vs soft dodger is a moot point... I think very few people ever fold/take down their 'soft' dodger anyhow, and as mentioned with good technique the weight is a non issue. Beyond that, as long as the dodger complements the boats' lines and doesn't become an unsightly block, the hard version will never fade, sag, leak or lose its stitching to UV....
The bigger questions may be why aren't there more of them. I do see more and more hybrids, hard top and canvas sides on a standard SS frame.
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