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Replacement Dodger window

Has anyone replaced the Vinel /Plastic window in there Dodger by themselves. I can by 20 gauge plastic from a fabric shop but I am wondering if it will hold up to the weather? Any suggestions?
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I wouldn't use inferior (read cheap) plastic - it simply won't last. There are products like strataglass and lexan etc that do excellently duty as windows.

One other point: any plastic/acrylic/whatever you use that will stand up to the service will be tough to sew through, you'll need access to a heavy duty upholsterer's (or sailmaker's) type sewing machine - and the skills to use it.
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Give it a shot. Remember not to remove the old plastic until the new stuff is sewn in. We did it and it worked fine. Especially when you see what the canvas guys want to do it.
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I have not done the window, but I have worked on covers and my next project is the bimini. I get my supplies from www.sailnet.com.
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There have been a few good articles in the sailing press about how to do a window replacement for dodgers in the last six months or so. Be worth taking a look at them to get some ideas.
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There's a very good article in Good Old Boat (March/Apr 07) that describes three methods of replacing dodger windows. The writer uses 30 mil plastic. I haven't tried to do that yet, but that article and Sailrite.com are good sources of information.
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"Remember, don't remove the old plastic until you have the new one sewn in".

Why? I unfortunately put my hand through my dodger window the beginning of this year and we plan to attempt to repair it ourselves. I would have thought you would take the old out, use it as a template when you cut the new piece and then sew it in. Since your advice is contrary to my intuition, I thought I'd ask for the rationale behind it so I can learn.
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Thanks for the replies. I got some UV thread today and plan on picking up the window on my way home. This is tomorrow's project!

Not sure how I would leave the old window on and put the new one on at the same time. But I will use it as a pattern to cut the new plastic.
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The reason you want to leave the old plastic in until you sew in the replacement is the cloth won't hold its shape or position very well without the rigidity of the plastic in place, and will make it really difficult to sew in the replacement accurately.
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"Remember, don't remove the old plastic until you have the new one sewn in".

Why? I unfortunately put my hand through my dodger window the beginning of this year and we plan to attempt to repair it ourselves. I would have thought you would take the old out, use it as a template when you cut the new piece and then sew it in. Since your advice is contrary to my intuition, I thought I'd ask for the rationale behind it so I can learn.
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Ok. I'll see what I can do. I just think it’s going to be very difficult to get the old one off with the new one in place. Thanks for the tips.
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