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Old 18-11-2013, 14:23   #1
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Dodger prices

I got a shock today. I need a new dodger and bimini. When I received the quote I sat down. Over 2300.00 for the two with dodger costing double the bimini. No frames as mine are stainless. It has been years since I have had to purchase these items and I need reassurance that these prices are in the ball park. I really don't want to shop as these folks have done work for me for 30 years and are top quality.
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Re: Dodger prices

actually sounds like a pretty good deal to me, but I havent bought one in years... and it depends on the details of what you are getting. Got a sample pic? Leathered? pockets? Removeable "glass"? Sissy bars on the outside?
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Old 18-11-2013, 15:00   #3
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Re: Dodger prices

That's about what I paid, although I did work trade for mine (I built their website, they gave me a dodger).

Go with isinglass if you can. Crystal clear, lasts longer than the canvas.
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Rebel... you went with Isenglass for the whole dodger?
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Old 18-11-2013, 16:51   #5
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I stitched a new Bimini. Well almost still needs some work. Much bigger job then I thought. Enough so I patched the old one and it will be the cold weather enclosed Bimini. I think it was wirth paying a tad more for stamoid and that long life thread I still need to fit the clear panels and zippers. I am charging my self $2590 dollars and adding a frustration fee. The owner keeps trying to sail while I am sewing.
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Re: Dodger prices

That sounds like a good price. I found that prices varied by a factor of 2-3 based on attention to detail, personalized fit, zippers, leather, etc. I was also lead to believe (though I'm not sure this is true), that lower-priced work uses remnants or seconds. I did see different quality of fittings, grommets,....I ended up going with one of the higher-end quotes based on the quality of the work. When measuring for our new bimini, we found the original frame was off-center by close to 2". The canvas guy and I spent a lot of time squaring up the frame and making sure support arms were the same length, etc. At end of this, we have a perfectly fit bimini that fits the boat. Also ended up having to refit the center piece between the dodger and bimini, and finding the perfect location for a top window to check wind and sail-trim.

Keep in mind that you'll average the price over 5-10 years before you'll need a replacement. $200/year for dodger and bimini is money well spent!
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Old 18-11-2013, 18:08   #7
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Re: Dodger prices

$4,000 seven years ago just for the sunbrella dodger and stainless frame. 37 foot cutter. San Francisco Bay area. Dodger still in extremely good condition.

Extra stainless handholds on the sides and back and the best uv resistant plastic for windows being used at that time. Windows are removable with zippers and can be easily replaced. Also came with sunbrella window covers.

Not cheap but the guy came highly recommended and did excellent work. And yes I did gag a little when I was quoted the price.

Plan on using it as a template and sewing my own when it wears out.
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Re: Dodger prices

I had a dodger custom made to my design out of 1/4" marine grade aluminum.

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.

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Rebel... you went with Isenglass for the whole dodger?
Nope, nearly all the vertical (or slanted vertical I should say) is isenglass but the top is canvas as is anything with a zipper, button, etc.
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I had a dodger custom made to my design out of 1/4" marine grade aluminum.

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.

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Hi Doug,

Any pictures? Your project might be another option for me when my current soft shell wears out.

Thanks.

Ken
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Re: Dodger prices

I gotta get the Phaff tuned up.
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Hi Doug,

Any pictures? Your project might be another option for me when my current soft shell wears out.

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Yeah I'm interested in that too. I've thought about a hard dodger since spending ~2K every few years to replace canvas and isenglass seems a little stupid.
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Re: Dodger prices

I've got some 40 mil isenglass for sale if anyone's making their own.
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Re: Dodger prices

I've done some sewing repairs and projects around the boat. Replacing zippers on the vinyl/canvas frames of my isenglass was the most difficult project yet... sewing through 5 layers of very heavy material. The UV shield on my genny was a POC by comparison.
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Old 19-11-2013, 17:47   #15
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Thank you all for the replies. My knee jerk was somewhat due to the other 4K being spent on cushions. New Dodger now being built.
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