This was being discussed in an earlier thread within the last week. The consensus seemed to be that stratoglass is best for not getting blue in humid weather
and for clear seeing through; but it cannot be rolled. So, you'd want somewhere to store each panel, probably in an enveloope you make from old sheets
, store them under a double berth, if they're really big.
If you want your panels to roll, you need something more flexible.
Since you're wanting to enclose around an existing hard dodger
, you might consider having the panels made with a bolt rope
that slides into bolt rope
channel, which you can mount on the dodger
You can buy any used decent commercial
grade sewing machine
for this job and canvas work. it doesn't have to be brand new. I bought a used SailRite
here in Oz, and Jim and I recently finished a boom bag with lazy jacks, and a bunch of other canvas work..
Money-wise, we're a long way ahead, if that's all you look at... But, we needed to go into a marina for a couple of weeks, and compared to living on the hook, let's just say it wasn't the bargain I expected it to be. However, it's all done, now, and I used Tenara thread, so it'll last as long as the fabric
. Here, you're paying about $100/hr. for tradespeople.
I must say, tradespeople might work faster and make less mistakes
than amateurs, but there is often a lot of waiting involved.