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Might anyone recommend a Canvas shop in the New England Area that does reasonable work at a reasonable price? Looking for a quote for a new dodger.

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A small, but very competent canvas shop in my area, is Pelican Canvas in Newport, RI. They do great work at affordable prices.

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Thsnks guys for the tips!

The Canvas Store was on my list, and in fact, I wrote them asking for a quote with some hesitation as I would like to try to keep my business here in New England. Having said that;however, GENCO (our neighbors to the North) in Canada has very competitive prices and their product looks top notch. If I have no luck in New England, I may send some business their way.

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That thread on The Canvas Store, kind of makes a guy think.
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It sure does, and is proof why word of mouth is so important to a business. I am sure that they do some good work, and that there are some people out there that were and are satisfied with the product, but why take a chance? Especially with a Company that doesn't stand by its product or warrenty?


Customer service, and a good return policy (as well as a good product) will gain return customers and garantee new ones. Can't help but think how much potential business this particular business lost due to bad Press on this site alone!?!
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Everyone makes mistakes! What counts toward your character and reputation is how you handle those mistakes. I recommend or not companies strictly on their follow-up or customer service.
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S & S Fabrics, Portsmouth, RI. Highest quality work. Cannot speak to price. Expect to get what you pay for...
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We went with Hathaway, Reiser & Raymond in Stamford CT. Excellent material and expert, custom fit. In any case, make sure that the rearmost hoop or bow has a separate handle-bar added. People are going to grab the back end of the dodger for support, and unless there's a handle there, they grab the back end of the dodger, making it dirty, greasy and wearing it out.
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Thsnks guys for the tips!

The Canvas Store was on my list, and in fact, I wrote them asking for a quote with some hesitation as I would like to try to keep my business here in New England. Having said that;however, GENCO (our neighbors to the North) in Canada has very competitive prices and their product looks top notch. If I have no luck in New England, I may send some business their way.

Chris
We purchsed both a Natty dodger and a sailcover from Genco and felt we got a lot of quality and service for a very reasonable price. These items were for a CS 36T, so Genco knew the fit perfectly, no measuring necessary. I certainly recommend them.
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