What's up with Dodgers Anyway? - Page 3 - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 24 Old 06-07-2009
Senior Member
nk235's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Long Island
Posts: 404
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 11
3 years ago my first boat did not have a dodger and it was all I knew so to me it wasn't something I would have added...on my new to me boat it came with a very good quality custom dodger and OH MY GOD I would never own a boat without it!!! I mostly cruise on my boat - not race so my girl friend and I love the dodger and this is why:

Like everyone else said to be able to keep the companion way open when it rains.

However the #1 reason is not even for wind and wave protection. Forget beating into wind and waves...but just sitting on the mooring in the evening when the temp drops. The boat is always pointed into the wind and it is heavnely being able to sit in the cockpit and be out of the wind. Just this weekend I did a short little cruise and rafted up to my buddies two parker fishing boats. 3 guys and 3 ladies. At night the wind piped up and the temp dropped and all 3 girls were sitting in the cockpit with a lantern and candle sipping on their cocktails and so happy they were out of the wind.

I agree with Cam and others that a dodger will not stop you from getting wet but on anchor or a mooring or beating into wind / waves it makes a world of difference as you are totally wind free and comfortable in the cockpit. I dont want to make any assumptions on the original post but it almost sounds as if you havn't experienced how a quality made dodger works. Since getting mine I have been on other's boats where to put it frankly the dodgers were pieces of crap and they really didn't do anything. A good dodger is amazing in my opinion.

Morgan 323
nk235 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #22 of 24 Old 06-07-2009
1977 Morgan OI 30
Joesaila's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 438
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 11
Best seat in the house

Sitting under the dodger, underway, feet up resting on the cushions....best seat there is. Penumbra of relaxation. Nice wind break at anchor too. And as also has been said you can get a break from the weather on auto pilot. Put me on the must have list.

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
Cary Grant
Joesaila is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #23 of 24 Old 06-07-2009
Special Delivery
speciald's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: live on boat
Posts: 661
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 11
Send a message via Skype™ to speciald
Its called a dodger because you dodge under it when green water boards the boat. Don't go off-shore without one.
speciald is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #24 of 24 Old 06-07-2009
Sea Slacker
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,789
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 11
I just sailed about 400 nm across Caribbean sea in some pretty nasty conditions. It was blowing up to 30kts sustained with 10 ft. waves according to NWS forecast (and when NWS says "some waves may be more than twice that height" they are *NOT* kidding, apparently). His boat has a dodger and it's been absolutely lifesaving. If not for that - every single wave that came overboard would end up right on you. As it stands, sitting in the corner behind the dodger or standing under it kept you relatively dry most of the time.

My boat has a windshield, a hard top and a pretty full enclosure btw
brak is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dodgers and biminis... groundhog Gear & Maintenance 23 02-16-2008 11:50 PM
Hard dodgers tomaz_423 Sailboat Design and Construction 28 10-28-2007 01:21 PM
Hard Dodgers Mysun Gear & Maintenance 2 11-29-2004 08:24 PM
Hard dodgers ktuthill Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 03-14-2004 09:55 PM
Installing Dodgers Mark Matthews Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 02-10-2001 07:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome