Not much to add to this thread other than that I agree with not removing the original windscreen but as a lurker in this thread i'd just like to thank you all and in particular Halekai. Fabulous input.
Off topic, in that its nothing to do with windscreen but any comments on this design ???
Could that track you were talking about Halekai, work with this dodger ? The main weakness's in it that I see are that I'm sure water could get in under those deck joins and I don't like those studs.
First that is a good looking dodger! It has great crown, fits the boat very well and is drum tight which is perhaps the single most important feature for longevity. We do things slightly different but that is a very good piece of work built by someone who knows their stuff. It looks like a Thurston, or well made JSI dodger but I see your not even in the US..
Some tricks we use which are slightly different:
Thread color always matches the canvas. It hides bar tacks and end stitches much better and makes for an aesthetically pleasing product. Most shops just use white because it's less costly than stocking 40+ thread colors and swapping out on your machines for every job.
Both angles of the stainless frame tubing showing through on the side windows would be covered with a 2" wide lapel in the same color Sunbrella. Many installers don't or won't do this because they are not precise enough when patterning to know that the dodger will fit exactly. If the lapels are off even slightly, and don't match the tubing angles exactly, it makes it look worse. We use two inch so that as the dodger stretches over time, and you tighten the support struts to compensate, you have a little "wiggle room" on tolerance.
We don't use suede. It tends to shrink at a different rate than Sunbrella it can also pucker and will harden over time. If we have a customer that insists on Suede we pre-treat the suede with two coats of 303 Fabric Guard. It also get dirty easily. We use Staimoid in place of the suede and it's bullet proof. My next dodger will be Stamoid..
Yes, and it would replace the buttons under the FRONT windows only. From the looks of it you would have a port, center and stbd pieces. the sides would stay snaps as there really is no need and your side windows are removable..
This can be added after the fact and the button holes can be easily hidden with a new pieces of Sunbrella when the luff tape is sewn on to fit into the track.
Do NOT use the "budget canvas guy" to do this job. FIT is everything and the measurements, placement & heat bending of the of the track are CRITICAL for the final fit!! Find the best DODGER guy, not necessarily canvas, but the best dodger guy, in the area and use him to do the job!!