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Convertable window for dodger

Brainstorming here... I have a 30ft sailboat which has a hybrid dodger. The top and structure are solid and fixed to the boat, but the front and side windows are canvas & vinyl snapped into place. I have never liked clear vinyl, you cant see through the stuff.
So here is my idea, on the front panel, replace the vinyl with a solid sleet of Plexiglas or lexan, kind of like a slid rear window in a convertible top. Not sure how to go about doing this. Can I glue a sew-able strip of some sort of fabric or plastic to Plexiglas?
I also though about simply making the front 'hard' but the geometry would require major changes and not look good.
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Why not make a pocket that the plexiglas slides into?

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You'd need to use fairly light plexiglass or lexan for it to bend to the shape of the existing patterns. No reason that you can't glue a strip of fabric to the plexiglass. However, doing two or three panels might be easier.
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My wife could not see through our dodger. We purchased a dodger with "EZZCY" I hope that is correct...glass. It is great does bend a bit so we were able to use it in all the dodger panels. We have a zipper in the front panel which we raise and zip to the inside tip of the dodger to get it out of the way. Don't want to take it off and put below which you could but would not want it to scratch or break. My wife loves it, she can not see through the dodger clear as glass...

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I have polycarbonate windows in my dodger. They are glass clear, don't fog or ripple like plexy. My side window is bent around a 90 degree curve but the material cannot be sharpely creased. The disadvantages of polycarbonate are 2- cost, and yellowing after years in Ultraviolet. New formulations are supposed to be less UV sensative. I keep covers on mine when not in use as we spend 6-7 months in Caribbean each year.
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Just to cover the base, in case you haven't tried advanced cleaning of the existing plactic, you might look over the advice from these guys http://www.boatdocs1.com/Clear-Vinyl-Windows.html. My canvas guy sold me some other vinyl cleaner which has always done wonders on our dodger, but the stuff is lost in the bottom of the boat maintenance stuff.
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