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Dodger (sprayhood) design..

I'm making a new dodger. The majority of dodgers I see out there tend to have multiple panels. I also see a type that has only one large clear panel in the front.

If I don't have a roll up panel for the front middle panel, is there any advantage to having multiple panels? What are the pros and cons? If you have the one large clear panel kind, how is it?
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Re: Dodger (sprayhood) design..

Unless you live in a really cold climate 52 weeks of the year, you want the roll up centre panel.
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Re: Dodger (sprayhood) design..

I agree with TDW, the roll up center on mine is mostly rolled up and only lowered to keep during rain or when I'm taking a lot of spray. I have lowered it a couple of times for warmth but it is open 90% of the time or more.

I know that doesn't exactly address your question, but I can't see an advantage of multiple panels over a larger single center one when using isenglass. I can see the multiple panels being advantages if constructing a solid dodger as some may find it easier to construct the multiple panels to allow building flat panels to go around a curved surface.
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Re: Dodger (sprayhood) design..

I'm not sure I completely understand the question.

I had to replace my old dodger that had removable side panels with clear ports sewn in the sides and a roll up clear front " window".

When I replaced it I had the dodger made as a one piece with clear triangular side ports sewn in and the roll up window.

By removing the extra zippers and stitching that the side panels created, I think it's a cleaner and lower maintanence design. It's the zippers and the stitching that seems to go first.. ( Teeth breaking, etc) I also had a connector made between the dodger and the bimini..which provides good shade to the cockpit in summer and rain protection.

In reality, I rarely roll up the front panel, If I do, it's usually when motoring on a windless day.
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Re: Dodger (sprayhood) design..

At anchor, on anything other than in cold weather we always had the front panel open. Under motor in calm water usually open, not often when sailing.

Our previous boat had a fixed non opening dodger when we bought her. That was just awful on warm days. Transformed her, comfort wise when we had the thing renewed with opening.
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Re: Dodger (sprayhood) design..

seems like if you want ventilation just fold down the dodger.
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