Yes, that's the way my boat is now. The bimini, which I just put on last year, actually overlaps the dodger a bit, leaving the small horizontal window. Ski goggles work well and have been right where I can grab them for years. This rain-in-the-face method may be the best that can be had although when the wind and rain are blowing right through, peeking up over the dodger to see is not a very comfortable situation. I just thought someone might have found a better way.
I think you may simply have to accept that there are times when a sailor might have to actually venture outdoors, although many these days appear to be in deep denial of that 'inconvenient truth'...
As Rich H noted, the ability to sight over the top of a dodger is absolutely essential, for me... Probably my most common gripe about many of the boats I run, how difficult visibility forward from the helm can be in snotty conditions, and how impossible many boats are to run at night (well, safely
, at least ;-))
I was aboard a big Beneteau at the Annapolis Show last fall, either a Sense or an Oceanis where the dodger and cockpit canvas was integrated to the arch... There was no alternative but to look thru the front of the dodger, even without the bimini it would have reguired a step ladder to sight over the dodger ;-)
I sat down at the helm, and was immediately struck by the incredible distance between my position, and the funhouse mirror eisenglass which served as the front panel of the dodger. It must have been easily 15 feet or more, and with a light drizzle falling that day, it was frightening how compromised and degraded the view forward was by those factors... Basically, you could not see sh_t...
How anyone runs such boats in snotty weather, or at night, is completely beyond me...