Who was laughing harder? You or the one quoting the price?
Actually, depending upon options, that's in the ball park. Our dodger and a recovered existing bimini frame and connector piece was $6800.00 and they had over 100 hours in the project plus materials.....
Custom canvas work is very expensive because it is very time consuming...... Good canvas can be very expensive bad canvas can, well, look like crap.....
Here's how ours went:
Visit boat and discuss options, height, shape, type of dodger
Remove old dodger and measure for new frame
Go back to shop and manufacturer frame
Go back to boat and fit & mount frame then pattern the frame & bimini frame with special patterning material.
Go back to shop and manufacture dodger & bimini
Go back to boat and install and fit dodger
Pattern for connector piece
Install and test fit connector.
Go back to boat and remove dodger
Correct minor errors in fit
The options we included:
Gore Tenara Thread
Makrolon AR Polycarbonate Windows
Drop Top Feature With Extra Struts
California Style Side Curtains (removable)
Fully Articulated Opening Center Window
+ more I can't remember.....