Oh, I was thinking you were talking about the stoutness and protection of the dodger. I can't tell the the exact configuration of that particular dodger from the picture. Some have stout handles on the sides, this appears not.

However, in the the review of the boat I read, it said:


"The side decks are wide, but there isn't much to hold onto once you leave the cockpit until you can grab the shrouds"

So, potentially, a dodger could give additional handholds (ie, safety), when one goes forward. Personally, I'd never go forward singlehanding without being clipped in, but even so, I hate being outside a cockpit without a solid handhold, and I'm never in the conditions they have to anticipate!