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Since your title is requesting opinions and not fact, I have one. I got a chuckle out of that by the way. You can get opinions by posting one word here, if you want something factual, you have to provide engineering drawings and require resumes from the responders, or we just eat each other alive debating our opinions.

In any event, my opinion is, if your instincts are to question this, it must be a bad idea. I'm not so sure about the center of gravity on a 35ft boat for lifting the dodger. Windage would be affected somewhat. Most important to me would be the probability that you devalue your boat. Temporary dodger/biminis can be change easily, even when new buyers don't get around to it. Hard dodgers say, permanent, even if they aren't.

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Will the dodger still look great when its three feet taller?

Not a flippant question - I have an enclosure made up of a bimini and clears all round and I want to put a hard dodger on. The current enclosure looks OK because it is so obviously "temporary".

But I have spent a considerable amount of time modelling hard dodgers on a 3D software package and I can't get to anything that will give me the free access I want without looking really ugly.
Not trying a thread hijack,

but I did this early this year.

I put a new SS frame and a 'hard' lid made of 2mm GRP sheet. Front has a polycarb windscreen, sides and back are vinyl with clears. All can be rolled up or rolled down.
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Best of dodger type soft and hard!
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StAnna....thought this made it a tad easier to see your pics. Hope you don't mind. If you do tell me and I'll remove them.


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I've wondered about this before but isn't there some way to install a (sliding ??) hatch in a fixed dodger ? It would seem to solve most problems of access without the need for some ugly great thing yet I've not seen it done. Guess there is a reason for that but not one I can see.
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Thanks for you opinions.

Decided to leave well enough alone and invest in a big sign that says"DUCK". No recent pictures (wrapped in tarps for winter, UGH!) but I included a early picture taken after sandblasting. Thanks Thom.
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I don't see why you couldn't install a sliding hatch or opening hatch in a hard dodger... in a soft dodger, it'd be a lot tougher to do.
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Decided to leave well enough alone and invest in a big sign that says"DUCK". No recent pictures (wrapped in tarps for winter, UGH!) but I included a early picture taken after sandblasting. Thanks Thom.
Looks like a hard dodger from the pic..you could easily install a sliding hatch typical of any companionway to facilitate entry to the actual companionway.. and be able to close it for shelter when seated or below...
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Looks like a hard dodger from the pic..you could easily install a sliding hatch typical of any companionway to facilitate entry to the actual companionway.. and be able to close it for shelter when seated or below...
Seems to be a why not to me ?

Hey Thom.....in the pic you posted of her in the other thread...



...it seems to show an opening in the dodger as if for a hatch of some kind....

ps - I didn't see your earlier posts but this is a great looking boat...what about those twin rudders ? Fabulous !! Good on you for bringing her back to life.
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The dodger you have looks good, but I can see that it would be difficult to move around under it. Wouldn't you run into interference with the boom if you raised it 3'?
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i wish I had a hard dodger!
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