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Old 22-03-2015, 11:05   #31
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Re: Cost of Re-canvassing a dodger...?

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I had a dodger recanvased last fall by a couple I found on Craigslist, they did a wonderful job and could' be happier $800 for a Watkins 29
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Not that I'm statting it cant be done on a small dodger
But the material alone will cost you around 4 to 6 hundred depending on quality used.
It is possable, and we have done somewhat the same as we've traveled being we are working on the boat and have basicly no overhead. and we can afford to work for three or four days building something when we would otherwise be setting, fishing or just goofing off.
But you'll find that there are few doing as we do and provide the quality in a good product.. It can be done but its rare...
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Old 22-03-2015, 11:18   #32
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so what you are saying is that he is going to replace your one piece dodger with a multi pannel dodger,(keeping the frame) the top and 5 zip in pannels , three across the front and both sides for 695.........If so, I'd surely get that in writing.. The material alone should be about that........
By the way, your one piece dodger is not an OLD style.. Its called a "California Style" due to the fog on the west coast, the pannels never needed to be removed and the dodger can be built in one piece.. In areas where you experance more heat, removeable pannels are more sought after for ventalation. The multi pannel dodger has the design where it can be turned into a mini-bimini in hot conditions.......
picture of ours with pannels removed..........
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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.
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Old 22-03-2015, 13:07   #33
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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....
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Thanks for the warning, much appreciated. We are using our existing glazing. Hope you enjoy Clipper Cove.
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