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The dodger cost ~$5k, However, I am very tempted to buy a SailRite machine, and start my new career...
Looks very nice but 5K is what I paid for my whole boat.
Seems to me if one has the skill, buying a Sailrite machine is the way to go.

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Guess I aint getting one. I thought $375 for my bimini was bad. I figured a dodger would run about 3-5 hundred. Damn.
Hence, the title of this thread...

The bimini was about another $2K


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Looks very nice but 5K is what I paid for my whole boat.
Seems to me if one has the skill, buying a Sailrite machine is the way to go.
$5K for a 1980 Sabre 28 - you may have got a good deal! - especially if that MD7 has been replaced.

Buying the machine, for those with the skill, and a place to use it, is the more cost effective way to go.
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Been waiting for this update. Looks fantastic! Not a slight on anyone's abilities here, but this thread has a few good examples of the difference between a DIY canvas job vs. professional work. You can clearly see the difference in fit and finish.

A bit surprised about how the rope rail was secured and the manner in which the previous dodger snaps were dealt with. Looks like it won't be visible though w/o looking pretty hard.

Certainly a pricey project, but it looks like it turned out great.
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Been waiting for this update. Looks fantastic! Not a slight on anyone's abilities here, but this thread has a few good examples of the difference between a DIY canvas job vs. professional work. You can clearly see the difference in fit and finish.
Certainly a pricey project, but it looks like it turned out great.
It's an absolute awesome job. Looking at just the detail that when it to producing the dodger frame alone, the guy's a craftsman.

My comment about spending 5K for my boat wasn't meant to nix you for spending your money on something you wanted. Please accept my apology.

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It's an absolute awesome job. Looking at just the detail that when it to producing the dodger frame alone, the guy's a craftsman.

My comment about spending 5K for my boat wasn't meant to nix you for spending your money on something you wanted. Please accept my apology.
No offense taken! and no apology needed

Seriously, I know the Sabre 28. A friend of mine has an '81 vintage, and I love it - except the Volvo engine...
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That is really sharp! I like the use of the track all the way around; that gives a really nice fit, and may actually be a way for me to solve my fit problems. For the center window, how do you remove it? Do you have to remove the entire dodger? I see the zipper, but what about the track slide?

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To remove the window, I fully unzip the window on the port and starboard side and then slide the window to the port side, where there is a spot where the track has been widened to allow easy ingress/egress.

Another neat feature is that I can partially unzip the window, and snap the window into two fasteners on the sea hood, and keep the window ½ open, and completely out of the way.


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To remove the window, I fully unzip the window on the port and starboard side and then slide the window to the port side, where there is a spot where the track has been widened to allow easy ingress/egress.

Another neat feature is that I can partially unzip the window, and snap the window into two fasteners on the sea hood, and keep the window ½ open, and completely out of the way.
Classy job. My wife made ours 6 years ago with the SR machine. You have some nice features I'd like to incorporate in our next one in a few years.

So you use the struts to tighten he fabric vrs web straps?


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Re: Dodger Sticker Shock!

I also really like the solution for the traveler lines. I may have to incorporate that into my dodger this winter.

Yeah, it was $7K, and my bimini, dodger, lifeline pads, and sail cover only cost me about $1000, including the cost of a sewing machine (obviously not a Sailrite), but I'll be the first to admit that yours looks a heck of a lot better than mine. I put a LOT of hours into my canvas, probably on the order of 4-6 hours a night for easily 4-5 weeks. In hindsight, if you have the money, it seems like a good way to have gone.

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