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Chris, you don't need to get uptight- we're just trying to help.
Having a dodger and a similar hatch, I didn't understand the clearnace issue, now I do- you want the leading edge of the dodger to be ahead of the slider when it is closed. so the slider would have to slide over any fasteners there. Got it. . I just looked at the pictures of the mock-up on your blog, and I get that you want to get a nice tight seal at the leading edge of the vent flap, where it meets your hatch. Why not just install lead chain or sinkers in the hem of the flap, like is done with mosquito screens, and forgo fasteners entirely. that way you also get a tight seal when the hatch is open, in any position, and no hardware to bed in the deck.
My dodger is a little different than yours- the leading edge of ours is just aft of the leading edge of the hatch, allowing turn buttons to be installed in the hatch itself.
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Last edited by bljones; 02-21-2012 at 01:40 AM.
Reason: deleted big picture.