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The i-Top dodger design is an innovative modular soft top design with many beneficial features.  The i-Top's proprietary frame design is built to counterbalance forces inflicted on it through its unique geometry and utilization of compression and tension to enhance its structural integrity.  The hinge points connecting the frame to the deck are pivoting points that absorb any flex or shock inflicted on the canvas dodger and reduce sheer on these connecting points.  The tensioned canvas skin on the i-Top is an integral component of the structure and its flexibility is quintessential in reducing or cushioning the initial impact of a force such as a wave or wind.  To learn more, please visit our "Product Testing" videos. 


Whether your looking to add a canvas dodger to a more classic design
sailboat or a sleek racy sailboat, the i-top is a perfect fit.
Scroll through our photo gallery to see more...

  • Provides the skipper and crew with ultimate protection from the elements and increases safety in the cockpit.
  • Enables the use of a 60 mil. high quality aircraft grade UV/scratch resistant polycarbonate window material that has the clarity of glass. The rigid nature of the polycarbonate gives windows a solid, distortion-free, wrinkle-free appearance.  Windows will remain dimensionally stable with exposure to solar heat unlike clear vinyl windows.
  • Incorporates (optional) grab rail sets: side grabs, welded on back grab, aft compression strut grabs, forward compression strut grabs.  These grab rail sets significantly increase safety aboard your sailboat.
  • The i-tops modular design enables complete removal of window panels to increases airflow through the canvas dodger on hot days. Also, complete removal of window panels makes future maintenance on damaged windows much easier and avoids the need to remove the whole canvas dodger.  This saves time, hassle, and costs.
  • The i-Top's proprietary window configuration gives a greater wrap-around view from the helm. A greater window area that is unobstructed from unnecessary zipper seams.
  • Aesthetically pleasing design maintains an attractive appearance on your sailboat.
  • The i-Top is capable of being outfitted with optional sunshade mesh panels  in addition to the solid polycarbonate window panels, allowing you to have a breeze, and keep the sun out.


The following are a series of images
showing the details of Iverson's canvas dodgers.
Click on any image below to enlarge it.

Side Storage Pockets

There is never enough storage on a boat. These storage pockets, located on port and starboard sides of canvas dodger, are great for storing light weight objects such as: cell phones, handheld GPS, sunscreen, etc.
(Comes standard on every Iverson's base model dodger)
Overhead Flashlight

For those times when you need to see the combination lock or key slot on your companionway slider. Located overhead on the aft edge of the canvas dodger, this pocket holds a Mini-Maglite (included).
(Comes standard on every Iverson's base model dodger)

Forward and Aft Chafe Guards

To help ensure a longer life on our dodgers, we have identified areas of high-wear and incorporated chafe guards. The chafe guards not only make the canvas dodger more durable but also add to the styling. The chafe guard and reinforcing material is a long lasting, high wear synthetic composition that comes in a variety of colors. You can choose to color coordinate with your dodger's canvas for a softer monochromatic appearance or choose a complementary contrasting color for a more dynamic and defined look. The choice is yours. Frequently, we will use a color that is close to the gel-coat color of your boat. This helps to integrate the canvas dodger form into your boats appearance. To help you match your new canvas dodger to your boat's existing color scheme, you can Build-A-Dodger online.

(Comes standard on every Iverson's base model dodger)

Forward Compression Struts

With these compression struts, located on either side of the companionway, the structural integrity of an Iverson's canvas dodger is significantly increased.

To help you decided which of the following frame upgrades to choose, you can Build-A-Dodger Frame online.

(Comes standard on every Iverson's base model dodger)
Forward Compression Struts with Grab Rails

Increase safety aboard your boat with forward strut grabs. These grab rails are welded-on to the forward struts of your canvas dodger frame which are located on the sides of your companion way entrance. They provide a stable and secure place to grab when entering the companion way during rough waters. These grab sets are available for custom installation with your Iverson's canvas dodger order or can be custom made to your measurements and shipped directly to you. Please call or email for more information.
(Optional add-on to an Iverson's base model dodger)
Aft Grab Rail

Increase safety aboard your boat with a welded-on back grab rail. This grab rail is welded on to the aft edge of your canvas dodger frame and spans the width of your cockpit. It provides a secure and stable place to grab in the cockpit when in rough waters. Also, the back grab rail protects the aft edge of your canvas dodger from deterioration. When people enter or exit the cockpit they tend to always grab the aft edge of the canvas dodger even if there isn't a grab rail. The problem with this is that over time the repetition of constantly grabbing this edge deteriorates it because of the natural oils of your hands, from the sunscreen, the potato chips, the pressure of someone's weight pushing against the canvas, etc.. If you take a walk down the docks and look at older dodgers with no back grab you will see that this area tends to deteriorate the quickest. Also, from a safety standpoint, being able to wrap your hand around a back grab rail is a more secure grip than clamping your hand onto the aft edge of a canvas dodger.
(Optional add-on to an Iverson's base model dodger)
Bolted-On Side Grab Rails

Increase safety aboard your boat with a set of side grab rails bolted on to your canvas dodger. These grab rails are located on both sides of the canvas dodger and are ideally positioned at a height for grabbing when going forward on the deck. They provide a secure and stable place to grab in rough waters or when boarding your boat. These grab sets are available for custom installation with your Iverson's canvas dodger order or can be custom made to your measurements and shipped directly to you. Please call or email for more information.
(Optional add-on to an Iverson's base model dodger)
Aft Compression Strut

With these compression struts, located on either side of the cockpit, the structural integrity of an Iverson's Dodger is significantly increased.
(Comes standard on every Iverson's base model dodger)
Aft Compression Strut
with Grab Rails


Increase safety aboard your boat with aft strut grab rails. These grab rails are welded-on to the aft struts of your canvas dodger frame and are located on both sides of the cockpit. They provide a stable and secure place to grab in rough waters when entering or exiting the cockpit. These grab sets are available for custom installation with your Iverson's canvas dodger order or can be custom made to your measurements and shipped directly to you. Please call or email for more information.
(Optional add-on to an Iverson's base model dodger)
Photo of High-Quality Welding
High-Quality Welding

Our welders are highly skilled in the art of stainless steel welding. Rather then erasing a weld, we prefer letting the weld bead show off our attention to quality and detail. From welding to stitching, every aspect of our canvas dodger design is meticulously crafted.
(Comes standard on every Iverson's base model dodger)
Reinforcement
(clew of dodger)

In reference to the three points of a sail (clew, tack and head) the clew being the lower aft edge of a sail, Iverson's dodgers are constructed to reflect the styling of a sail.
The unique pattern design of the Iverson's dodger is protected by law.
(Comes standard on every
Iverson's base model dodger)
Intricate Stitching

Iverson's production team meticulously sew our canvas dodgers together using our protected* stitch pattern design and technique. It's through the intricate stitching that the unique quality of Iverson's distinct canvas dodger design has become well respected in the marine industry. Our philosophy is that the stitching should accentuate the design both functionally and aesthetically, as it is a representation of the integrity behind the Iverson's canvas dodger design.
*The unique ornamental stitch pattern design of the Iverson's dodger is protected by law.
(Comes standard on every Iverson's base model dodger)
Following Lines Of Boat

Whether your boat is a sleek racing sloop or a traditional cutter rig, our focus is on blending a canvas dodger with the lines of your boat.

Each boat has it’s own unique set of obstacles for a canvas dodger design. At Iverson’s, we acknowledge these challenges and creatively find ways to enhance the design with them.


By comparison, the new I-top frame design enables an increased window area from that of the traditional Iverson's canvas dodger design. As demonstrated in this diagram the shaded blue area depicts the window area of the I-top as it's overlayed on the window area of the traditional design. The end result is more of a wrap around window with 25% more viewing area.


TRY OUR
INTERACTIVE
BUILD-A-FRAME

Check out our interactive Build-A-Dodger Frame!
A tool that helps you conceptualize how you can equip your new dodger frame. We offer many options to help equip your canvas dodger for offshore use. With a few simple measurements we can fabricate a quality Iverson's dodger frame equipped with our optional grab rail sets and ship it directly to you. A great option for those of you located outside of our coverage area.

TRY OUR
INTERACTIVE
BUILD-A-DODGER

Check out our interactive Build-A-Dodger Canvas color combinations tool!
A tool that helps you conceptualize a color scheme for your new canvas dodger. We offer a large variety of color choices in acrylic canvas, binding, and chafe gear. Have fun! For a complete list of colors take a look at the canvas color chart.


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