Saturday, November 15, 2014

Helm Visability

I'm told hard dodgers really restrict visibility and make judging sail trim difficult.


I was bored and the wind went light. The day before I had done hours blasting into 20 knots with 45F air temperatures; a hard dodger is the difference between a pleasant day in a sun room and frostbite on the nose. Oh, it's still plenty cold on deck!

(Fall is wonderfull on the Bay; wind, empty waters, and quiet coves. But it can put a premium on warm clothes, dodgers, and cabin heaters. But a cozy night with a movie, hot tea, and lots of blankets beats sweating it out.)


  1. Did you build it, or did it come with the boat?

    1. It is stock on the PDQ 32. Unlike the photo in the header, most, including mine, have Strataglass on the front and sides, with the front zipping out on hot days. Nice in the sun and very nice in the rain; I hardly ever wear rain gear, and never at the helm.

      The PDQ 36 did not originally have a hard top, but later models did. Nice in the sun and very nice in the rain.

  2. There is something special about sailing in late winter or very early spring when most other boats are tucked up and you have the seas to yourself.

  3. ^^ So true. It was just a trip across the bay and night spent in Dunn Cove, but very relaxing. The only boat I saw on the crossing was a crew boat from the Poplar Island project. Ordinarily, Dunn Cove is too crowded--I never go there in the summer.