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Old 13-03-2015, 09:13   #1
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Cost of Re-canvassing a dodger...?

Does anyone have a ballpark figure for a small dodger?
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Re: Cost of Re-canvassing a dodger...?

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Does anyone have a ballpark figure for a small dodger?
Any local marine canvas shop will give you a quote. I'll make a guess - $1K.
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Old 13-03-2015, 10:06   #3
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Re: Cost of Re-canvassing a dodger...?

Thanks. Cost may vary from what I hear..state to state..or country..
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Re: Cost of Re-canvassing a dodger...?

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Does anyone have a ballpark figure for a small dodger?

Is your small dodger about this size?

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Or in that "ballpark"?
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Is your small dodger about this size?

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Or in that "ballpark"?
It's a good thing the OP's question was not about replacing a tranny....
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Re: Cost of Re-canvassing a dodger...?

A good one with clear panels and leather reinforcing may be up $6k for a 40ish' boat.

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Re: Cost of Re-canvassing a dodger...?

$1500 over this way with high quality vinyl windows.

Do you need to come over here or do I need to head for Pensacola. I get my sails from Pensacola (Schurr).

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$1500 over this way with high quality vinyl windows.

Do you need to come over here or do I need to head for Pensacola. I get my sails from Pensacola (Schurr).

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Do you do it yourself at this price or that's a quote from past experience?
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Thanks. Cost may vary from what I hear..state to state..or country..
It will vary with the quality of the materials as well. The stitching often fails before the canvas so paying extra for better thread is something I would recommend.
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Re: Cost of Re-canvassing a dodger...?

Just spent $4K on my dodger in Honolulu.
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It will vary with the quality of the materials as well. The stitching often fails before the canvas so paying extra for better thread is something I would recommend.
I was told by a sailmaker that awning thread as well as awning material work well and are sometimes cheaper than "marine" Sunbrella.

When I needed some small repairs on my old dodger I went to a local dry cleaner's seamstress. She used a yellow "jeans" thread which actually lasted 5 years and outlived the canvas. She was apologetic that they did not have a more robust "outdoor" thread as that would have lasted even longer but at the time I figured that the canvas was on it's last legs anyway and the repairs just bought me some more time before a total replacement.

BTW any local seamstress that has a jeans capable machine can also do basic canvas work as such machine is pretty powerful. Even better a local shoe repairman if you can find one nearby. His leather/shoe stitching machine can easily do 8 fold canvas or 8 fold sail cloth of pretty much up to storm sail thickness. Most of them would be happy for extra work and will do it at a fraction of the cost at the sail loft.
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Re: Cost of Re-canvassing a dodger...?

It varies widely and I do mean widely! I used to have an auto upholstery shop (did a little marine as well) and was astounded at what people up north were paying for headliners. Double...Triple.

If you know how to sew (and it's not that hard), for less than a grand you could buy a small walking foot sewing machine and then another $400 in materials, you could do it yourself and still come out ahead. The trick is labeling and carefully unstitching the old one to use as a template...easy peasey.
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Re: Cost of Re-canvassing a dodger...?

The $1500 is an actual contract (actually a little less but don't have the number in front of me at the present). My frame, Sunbrella fabric, the window material name escapes me at the moment but it is an upgrade (+$100). No Tenara (canvas maker will not suffer with that slick stuff). I have a spool and use it on my canvas work but it is a real PITA.

Not a complicated dodger but fits a 2 bow frame, across the dog house on the 32, single center zippered opening, with fixed side wings. Should be in place in early April and by late April or early May should be downing burger and beer at Pirates Cove if you would like to take a look.

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Re: Cost of Re-canvassing a dodger...?

This dodger is one I built on the existing frame,, the price was $2500.00 with an additional charge for the "tinted" strada-glass and the full cover on the dodger
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Re: Cost of Re-canvassing a dodger...?

From our experience, I will never ever have an anything sewn for me (exception: sails) without PTFE thread. Yes, lots of stitchers don't want to fuss with it to learn how to correctly tension it, but if you're already paying a thousand or more for a dodger, the sucker should bl--y well last more than 4 or 5 years, and it will, with PTFE thread, and otherwise, it won't.

Our boom bag, made back in 2003, the sunbrella is faded now, but all the Tenara stitching is fine! The sunbrella is wearing out in places, but the stitching is great, no obvious deterioration at all.

Next sail we have made, I'd gladly pay for one row of Tenara in amongst the regular stitching. Costs a lot (big sails), but boy, oh boy, does it ever last!

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