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Based on my experience (2 boats) if you don't use a track, when the canvas shrinks...

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Use thickened epoxy, not plain epoxy, a plain epoxy is awfully brittle. Drill the holes in the thickened epoxy and drive the screws in without coating them. If you coat them with epoxy, you probably won't ever be able to remove them.

BTW, the best dodger connection system is using a track and bolt rope IMHO. The studs are a PITA and don't hold the dodger in place uniformly.
the screws will pull out of the deck or break. The snaps will never line up again when you take the canvas off, anyway.

There should, depending on the design, be a way to adjust the tension from the rear. Not always.

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