Cockpit enclosures

I’m seeing more permanent cockpit enclosures these days. The soft fabric and clear plastic ‘tents’ have always been around, particularly in sunnier climes, but there seems to be a trend towards rigid structures.

I remember many an amicable discussion on the subject of these hard dodgers, whenever cruisers congregated, but few actually went ahead and constructed something. Lately, it seems, more boat owners are realising their ideas. 

Rigid cockpit enclosures are usually based around a fixed windscreen, seen for years on Hallberg Rasseys, and a hard top of the type seen on Amels. The sides are most often canvas with plastic windows. 

Some are elegant solutions, some less so.