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The Many Things We Install On Hardtops

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Among the many things we install on tartarooga hardtops, solar panels are by far the most popular. Over the years we have acquired enough experience with both, hard- and soft panels to call ourselves conversant in solar energy for boats.

tartarooga hard dodgers are so strong that many customers have suggested the installation of travellers atop them. This has a number of advantages, not the least of which is to get the boom control lines out of the cockpit..

Over the last few years we have acquired some experience with twin sheet arrangements and travellers atop our hard dodgers. Please ask us if this is advisable considering the intended use of the boat.
Here is a hybrid bimini. The after part is made of fiberglass, intended to support solar panels. Forward it sports a soft connection piece with a large window. This element can be removed when the weather allows. Note the traveller installation on the dodger.

What tartarooga owners say

Jacques,
I have thought of you on many occasions since I got my dodger and thought I ought to write and tell you how much I appreciate the nice work that you did. I notice it every day. And every time I notice it I think of who I should thank. So out the blue, I'm actually doing it.

Larry and Karen
Panta Rhei

The noted yacht designer Grahame Shannon reports:

I do indeed race with my Tartarooga dodger in place. Not only that, but we WIN with it in place. During the spring series at FCYC we placed second overall. In the Fall series we were third, due to missed race, but placed first overall in 2 races. When racing around buoys in good weather, we take off all the windows. This is not for windage but it improves communication between cockpit and foredeck.

Among the boats we have beaten boat for boat on occasion are a C&C 36R which rates 76, about the same as a J-35. We rate 128, about the same as a J-29. A J-29 can beat us in less than 5 knots of wind, but in anything stronger, we are much faster upwind. I might add that we have 2 solar panels on the dodger, which Jacques mounted for us. We also race with a Bruce anchor on the bow roller, so we look pretty cruisey. Our sails are not high tech, just white Dacron. We have an outboard motor in the cockpit locker along with a 10' Achilles air floor dinghy, and a hundred or so books on board, so I guess we could lighten ship if we wanted to.

If the dodger makes any difference to upwind performance, I can't discern it. We still point as high as any boat, higher than most. My guess is the contribution it makes to keeping you fresh is of greater value than any possible performance loss. I have a bigger than average dodger, which comes back well over the front of the cockpit, and we have a back curtain which transforms it into a "wheelhouse" although the wheel is outside it. We use the remote on the autopilot. Since I got the Tartarooga I have not used my foul weather gear once. Thanks Jacques!


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