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We use 1inch sumbrella binding tape to make the “ glass panel”. Fold the binding in half around the glass edge and Sew the glass directly to it with 1/2 inch on either side.
I like this idea. So you end up with 1/2" to work with. I'm trying to imagine it: I guess you end up with a thread about 3/8" in from the edge that attaches the tape to the glass, i.e. one stitch goes through tape outside fold-> glass -> tape inside fold -back up through glass and tape outside? And then another thread about 1/8" in from the edge that attaches that "panel" to the dodger, i.e. tape-glass-tape-dodger canvas-tape-glass-tape?

There are a couple Iverson dodgers on my dock, which are pretty dang spiffy. I'll be studying those carefully this weekend.
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I like this idea. So you end up with 1/2" to work with. I'm trying to imagine it: I guess you end up with a thread about 3/8" in from the edge that attaches the tape to the glass, i.e. one stitch goes through tape outside fold-> glass -> tape inside fold -back up through glass and tape outside? And then another thread about 1/8" in from the edge that attaches that "panel" to the dodger, i.e. tape-glass-tape-dodger canvas-tape-glass-tape?

There are a couple Iverson dodgers on my dock, which are pretty dang spiffy. I'll be studying those carefully this weekend.
Exactly , then you are sewing the glass piece in fabric to fabric.


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I was debating Strata vs ordinary 40 gauge vinyl, but now leaning toward trying Strata. I did a Sailrite dodger kit > 10 years ago (back when the skin + stainless frame were one package at <$700!), and while I was pretty proud of how the canvas turned out, the thin gauge vinyl windows gave it a flimsy finish. When I see a dodger that I'm impressed with it's usually because the windows look almost like real glass. I assume that's Strataglass.
We had a new dodger made last year with Macrolon for the window material. I believe it is a polycarbonate—not vinyl—and is sewable (obviously!). It is by far the clearest material I’ve seen and looks virtually like new after a year (first thumbnail). By comparison, the second thumbnail shows the previous dodger window using a higher grade vinyl (don’t know the name of the material) after 12 years. With a background in optics, I’ve been very careful to clean the “windows” so as to avoid abrasion and using polishes specifically for this use.
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We had a new dodger made last year with Macrolon for the window material. I believe it is a polycarbonate—not vinyl—and is sewable (obviously!). It is by far the clearest material I’ve seen and looks virtually like new after a year (first thumbnail). By comparison, the second thumbnail shows the previous dodger window using a higher grade vinyl (don’t know the name of the material) after 12 years. With a background in optics, I’ve been very careful to clean the “windows” so as to avoid abrasion and using polishes specifically for this use.
Looks good

Best to clean with IMAR products. Expensive but really works. We redo polish every 2 months. Takes 5 minutes. Only use water and correct applicators.

https://www.nationalsupplydirect.com..._BwE:svoilier:

https://www.nationalsupplydirect.com...CABEgLBy_D_BwE


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Looks good

Best to clean with IMAR products. Expensive but really works. We redo polish every 2 months. Takes 5 minutes. Only use water and correct applicators.

https://www.nationalsupplydirect.com..._BwE:svoilier:

https://www.nationalsupplydirect.com...CABEgLBy_D_BwE
I’ve used other products, but also settled in on IMAR. Likewise, prior to polishing, the windows are lightly wiped down with plain water to remove salt and surface dirt. The cleaning/polishing cloths are microfiber.
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