I had a dodger custom made to my design out of 1/4" marine
The basic dodger with no windows but with fittings for mounting the fatho and VHF radio
and the rubber for mounting the windows was $2700.
With 1/4" safety
glass windows cut to size and fitted add $300.
With a used Lewmar
27" x 27" hatched modified to be an opening front window, add $250.
For $3250 I got a dodger that will never need replacing, that I will always be able to see thru and won't rot
or deteriorate - and it is basically bomb proof.
There was a lot of aluminum
left over (from the window cut-outs and the roof cut off) and with it I was able to make several other projects for the boat (new rear seat, fill in cockpit
piece, re-inforce rear hatch
board, re-inforce the engine
box cover, etc).
All of these projects were on the list of things to do, so they basically ended up being "freebies" since I had the material "on hand".
My only regret is that I should have made the dodger out of 3/16" aluminum to make it lighter, but the extra strength makes you really sleep better at night!
Overall, it looks nice, I get tons of compliments and my wife and I are extremely happy with the finished results.