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opinion: do i really need a dodger?
I''m going through the same consideration myself for a Morgan 38 I just purchased. I sail the Chesapeake Bay, where it can be raw in the Spring and is often brutal in the summer.
Prior to this boat, I owned a 28-footer for nearly 13 years and it didn''t have a dodger. I was primarily a weekend sailor.
For my new boat, I''ve pretty much decided that I''ll make a decision on adding a dodger in a year. A dodger can always be added later. The PO''s had a dodger, but the canvas has rotted away and the framing is so awkwardly styled that it needs to be replaced, if I decide to add one.
What is critical, I believe, is a bimini to keep the sun off during the oppressively hot summers. I''m in the midst of replacing that now.