There are also ways to keep the costs of a dodger reasonable. The owners of some popular production boats can save money by ordering pre-cut dodger kits from outfits like Sailrite (sailrite.com). Sailors handy with sewing machines can buy the Make Your Own Dodger DVD from Sailrite and have a go at it themselves. We followed that path, and while the fabric on our dodger isn’t as drum-tight as on others built by professionals, it has stood up to some nasty weather for the last five years. We did have to restitch it, which we did with Tenara thread. To build up courage for a DIY dodger project, one can also turn to YouTube and learn the tricks of the trade from experts, as well as how to avoid various mistakes other amateurs have made. There are lots of little custom items you can add to personalize your dodger: a secret pocket for keys, for instance, or compartments for sunglasses, a flashlight or a sharp knife for emergencies.