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And then drilling a whole bunch of holes in a most likely good condition boat correctly
This spring I completely removed and rebedded all the fittings for my dodger. None had been bedded correctly, many were installed with pop riviets (!), and the screws from a previous dodger were just screwed back into the cabintop with a little dab of caulk. Lots of drilling and injecting of epoxy to fix this sloppy installation.
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There is a good breakdown of the costs of installing a brand new Dodger and Bimini on a Catalina 30 in 2005 at the Mobile Canvas Home Page website.

Briefly it breaks down as follows;
1" Stainless Steel Frame
grab bar
Strataglass windows
Sunbrella Acrylic Canvas
Slot Track for Dodger
Stamoid reinforced stress areas
Removable Center Front Window
Support Struts
Bimini
Pedestal Cover
Winch covers
BBQ Cover
Total Price = $5875.00 (in 2004/5)
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Last summer we paid $5100. for completely new canvas on our Bristol 35.5 in Annapolis. We got five estimates which were very different. We think CanvasCreations in Annapolis is the best! CC was not the lowest estimate but the most honest. This price included: 2 opening hatch covers, mainsail cover zipper fitted for our jacklines, pedestal cover, hatchboards cover, dink engine cover, bimini, dodger and most importantly a connector between the bimini and dodger. We love the canvas, shade and especially the entire staff at CC!
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Wow, those prices are shocking. I think a hard dodger is a cheaper solution and you don't have to replace it every few years, restitch it or waterproof the fabric with 303 every year or so.

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i want a doger or bimini which i know i will i'm just going to make it myself. get some fabaric and some pics and peace it together. i you guys have the money for all that i don't so i just look around on cl and see if theres some ones left over izoglass and find some canvas and put it together. If you guys don't wanna pay do it your self. save money and say wow i did that. even if it doens't look like a pro if it works thats just as good.
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Last summer we paid $5100. for completely new canvas on our Bristol 35.5 in Annapolis. We got five estimates which were very different. We think CanvasCreations in Annapolis is the best! CC was not the lowest estimate but the most honest. This price included: 2 opening hatch covers, mainsail cover zipper fitted for our jacklines, pedestal cover, hatchboards cover, dink engine cover, bimini, dodger and most importantly a connector between the bimini and dodger. We love the canvas, shade and especially the entire staff at CC!
Was this replacement canvas on existing stainless tubing...or an entirely new installation including canvas and stainless?

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Mred we just spent $3400.00 on a bimini and a windsheld that attaches to our dodger.
Our Dodger was installed last year for around $5200.00 not cheap but it makes things more comfortable. This was on a new beneteau 34, looks great we sail out of PNW so it is a good investment.
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By the way here is the quote for the canvas work.


Please let me know ASAP if you would like to proceed.


Bimini with 3 Bars $2400
- in Sunbrella fabric

Bimini Sky window w/ cover $250

Bridge Panel with windows $700
- in Sunbrella fabric
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So here is a picture of the work in question.
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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

Manufacturer connector

Install and test fit connector.

Go back to boat and remove dodger

Correct minor errors in fit

Re-install dodger

The options we included:

Gore Tenara Thread
Makrolon AR Polycarbonate Windows
Drop Top Feature With Extra Struts
Bracing Struts
Grab Bar
California Style Side Curtains (removable)
Fully Articulated Opening Center Window

+ more I can't remember.....

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