Dodgers are the cloth banners lashed to the cockpit guardrails, usually with the boat’s name on them in large letters. It is “customary” to have these but though its not a legal requirement to have your boat name displayed this way, it really helps to;
- Keep younger children and nervous adults feeling safer.
- Protects the occupants from flying spray.
- Provides space on the inside for extra stowage pockets, if desired.
Standard Dodgers run from the front end of the Pushpit steelwork to the first guardrail stanchion, normally about 2m. They are made to fit allowing a small gap at the bottom of the cloth and the deck to allow the free running of sea water. They are normally lashed tightly to the wire rail on top and stretched out between stanchions at either end. There are usually only 3 eyelets on the bottom edge; 2 at the corners and 1 in the middle. If you are unlucky enough to catch a heavy wave whilst heeling, this allows the water to drain quickly away so as to not damage the stanchions. Its a lot easier to patch a dodger than to repair stanchions.
Extended Dodgers can extend forward to the next stanchion along or in between, though this is not recommended. They can also be made to wrap right round the back of the pushpit, and be made with full eyelet runs top and bottom to lash to a toe-rail, though again, for the reasons stated above, this is not usually recommended for dodger on the sides of a yacht.
Guardrail bags can be made either as part of the inside of the dodger for smaller stowed items, or separate bags lashed to guardrails which are more practical for larger stowage capacity.
Our Dodger Letters are cut from PVC and sewn on, we do this rather than screen printing them on because it is far superior under UV light and against the elements. PVC lettering unlike printed letters, will not break up under uv light, fade or start to crack & crumble with age.