What's up with Dodgers Anyway? - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 06-06-2009
MedSailor's Avatar
Closet Powerboater
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Anacortes PNW
Posts: 2,544
Thanks: 81
Thanked 53 Times in 45 Posts
Rep Power: 7
MedSailor is on a distinguished road
What's up with Dodgers Anyway?

I confess. I don't get it. I don't see why nearly every cruising boat has a dodger. What exactly do they do? My first boat had one, which was the most amazing abomination of car windows, plywood, driftwood and 2x4s which an engineer friend affectionately called "the shed". A master woodworker came to admire my boat and after asking politely if I had built the dodger myself, (to which I said no) he spat out that it was an "abortion!".

Anyway, I digress. I sailed a few voyages with "the shed" and then ripped it off. I've sailed on boats with dodgers and without. I can't really see the point. If it's windy and rainy, you're going to get wet unless you have the right clothes. It's all about the foul weather gear. Even going to windward, you usually sand far enough behind the dodger that you still get full wind and rain on you. They provide a horribly distorted window to try and see though.

So, what am I missing. I mean, "everybody's doing it" so it must be good right?

MedSailor
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


I have a sauna on my boat, therefore I win.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 06-06-2009
tager's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 991
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
tager is on a distinguished road
I dunno. I haven't really sailed at all in bad conditions. It seems like a lot of windage to me, though.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 06-06-2009
rikhall's Avatar
old guy :)
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Fredericton, NB, Canada
Posts: 1,028
Thanks: 12
Thanked 13 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 7
rikhall will become famous soon enough
We would not be without one. Come sail for a week with us up the coast of Maine - the Grand Manan channel can get pretty cold and wet - also a nice place to duck behind when the waves come over the bow.


Rik and Linda
Mystery
Irwin Citation 34
trip blog at: Mystery - the Trip Home
__________________
Irwin Citation 34
Mystery
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 06-06-2009
josrulz's Avatar
Unpaid Intern
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 989
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 8
josrulz is on a distinguished road
Two things:

- Companionway hatch stays open while it's raining or it's wet on deck. Much nicer down below keeping air flowing, underway or at anchor

- Even underway in the rain, and even if you have to hand-steer instead of using an autopilot, the crew who isn't steering gets a much-needed break from the wind and rain tucked under the dodger.

For these two reasons, the dodger is worth its weight in gold. I wouldn't have a boat without one. I've been in conditions many times where the dodger paid for itself over and over simply by keeping me dry or warm or both.

Of course, this is just me, and that's why everyone can set up their boat however works best for them.
-J
__________________
1984 Sabre 34 Mk I
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 06-06-2009
kd3pc's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Callao, VA
Posts: 1,339
Thanks: 0
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 8
kd3pc is on a distinguished road
Where we are in VA, the dodger adds several months (to year round sailing) for me and the Mrs. Dry and warmer is always better than wet and cold.

PLus as Josh says, you can leave the companionway open, which we do when aboard, without too much risk of washing her down.

But it is your boat, and how you use it and set it up, depends on what works for you.

dave
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 06-06-2009
sailak's Avatar
Crealock 37
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Alaska
Posts: 488
Thanks: 13
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 8
sailak is on a distinguished road
With my limited experience I didn't think much of a dodger....until I spent 4 days motoring right into 20-30 knots and 8-10 footers crossing the Gulf of Alaska. Several hours spent huddling behind the dodger.

On my boat I put it down as much as the Wx allows.
__________________
Dale

S/V Elnora
Pacific Seacraft "Crealock" 37 #312

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 06-06-2009
Fstbttms's Avatar
I don't discuss my member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Under a boat, in a marina, in the San Francisco Bay
Posts: 2,062
Thanks: 3
Thanked 18 Times in 18 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Fstbttms will become famous soon enough
I thought this was gonna be a thread about the bums from Chavez Ravine.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 06-06-2009
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
I'm with Rik and Joz... dodgers are very good...and in New England, they definitely extend your sailing season.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 06-06-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: West Michigan
Posts: 515
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 11
merc2dogs is on a distinguished road
I've always considered them very usefull, mine in fact has been in use every day since I bought the boat five years ago and it's extremely handy.

It's laying accross the rafters in the garage and I keep the basket balls, volley balls, and kick balls in it.

Ken.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 06-06-2009
MedSailor's Avatar
Closet Powerboater
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Anacortes PNW
Posts: 2,544
Thanks: 81
Thanked 53 Times in 45 Posts
Rep Power: 7
MedSailor is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
I'm with Rik and Joz... dodgers are very good...and in New England, they definitely extend your sailing season.
So how exactly does it do that? Keeping the companionway open I can see. But keeping the helmsman, winchman, or anyone dry I can't. Most dodgers I see don't extend much past the coachroof so unless you're standing right up against it, leaning forward, AND going to windward, it won't help much. I can see that if you're on a passage and sailing under autopilot/windvane you could sit in the companionway and look out the dodger, but under coastal sailing I haven't been able to use them to stay all that dry. User error perhaps?

MedSailor
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


I have a sauna on my boat, therefore I win.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


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


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:10 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.