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I have a 30 ft sailboat with a dodger, and have it set up to be low enough to see over the top while standing. Sitting I look through the dodger's plastic windows. This is an advantage since as the windows age, or durring spray and rain, they are not as clear. I can improve my vision by just standing up and looking over the top. I do not think adding a step or fender to step on is a good long term solution, it would be one more thing to trip over and slide around.
It is low enough that we have to duck when entering the cabin, and I have hit my head on it more than once, but for me the compromise has been worth it.
I would second the recomendation for pockets in the dodger, handy for GPS, phones and other small items to have close at hand. I also added grab bars on the outside of the dodger which was a great saftey plus while boarding or going forward. A removable center panel is good to increase ventilation to the cockpit on hot days, so we never fold it down.