Flak? It's your boat! Doesn't matter what you do, it only matters to you, nobody else, you don't need anybody's permission, although it would help if you knew something about rigging and handling
Loose the dodger. What you're feeling is the pain of having a smaller boat because you once had a larger boat it's even more "painful" and unlikely you'll ever stop tripping over the traveler
Your problem really is the Dodger, it's nice but on a tiller boat, it doesn't really keep the sun away very much.
A Bimini top is better because it would clear the main sheet coming up off the traveler. Whoever made the dodger should be getting the flak lol
The only time I ever used the Dodger on my boat was when it was cold out and when wind was driving into our face which was almost never, so I took it off.
A properly made Bimini top will keep the sun off you and yours. The drawback on a smaller boat like yours, you may not be able to stand up, but it looks like the boom is already too low for that anyhow. The bim will need thru holes for the back stay which are easy to do, I had them on my boat.
It's pretty much as the only option other than where it's at now,. putting it on top of the cabin is just as bad, instead of as tripping you have to duck under.
Go with the end boom sheeting/ Crosby rig, if you have problems with the boom lifting while under way you may need a boom Vang.
Homework assignment; learn about rigging,
Keywords to look up Crosby rig, end boom sheeting, boom Vang.