Originally Posted by Stu Jackson
Yes, I got it in writing. And since I posted that, some more material has been found to be questionable, so he's going to keep the glazing, do away with the extra zippers and still come in below $1K.
I understand the definition of the differences, but there are two points of view about the reasons. Yes, the panels
don't need to be removed for sailing/weather conditions here where we sail. But the other advantage, as I mentioned in the post, is that if one section has something broken it can be removed and repaired for less cost.
Just be very careful Stu. Being in the business myself, It's very easy to use less than desireable parts
and material to cut the cost without the customer knowing any different..
The windows are a good example.. Strada-Glass makes a couple different degrees of the class of their product.
Crystle-Clear is one of the products, same as Strada-Glass but without the additional poly finish buffed into it and much cheeper.. Its a good product, and I've installed much of it but it takes a skill to see the diferance..
Its also hard to tell the difference between 20 , 30 , or 40 mill thickness once its installed..
They also make, different grades within the same product and its marked with an "X" on the top of the barrel..
In doing some research
a few years ago when we had our shop, I couldnt understand how some of the canvas
shops, mainly in Florida
could be building tops and inclosures for fishing
boat at the price
they were.. I found out that in the cheeper units, they were using the seconds and thirds of the product and cutting the window areas based on where the flaw was in the material.
Even in the material "SunBrella" if a 60 yard roll has more than 7 tags hanging off it, ( tags are little red tyes at the outside of the roll where the flaw is) the material is rejected and sent to companies outside the US but often come back in, labeled as a different product as "sumbrella-like-material" as its sold.. same material with more flaws and much cheeper..
I myself buy some of this when doing matress covers or to be used on the bottom of a cushion when a customer wants to cut costs..
I have even known scum of canvas
people who would go to Jo-ann fabrics and buy clear vinyl used for table covering, as picnic tables for parties, and install it and call it quality window material..
Cheep can even go to zippers,, the better quality are YKK, most others are junk..
Just be very carful....