Yes, I have a fiberglass (hard) dodger. Installed on the boat when new in 2006. Purchased it from a local canvas guy (Bellingham WA) who had it made according to his pattern and design. No problems with the hardware. The five canvas "panels" have worn as expected - I replaced the plexiglass inserts which had degenerated into a cloudy "orange" colour and new plexi was sown into the existing canvas surrounds. I went with a plexi alternative product called "Starbright" ( not sure of the name) which cost a lot more than the usual plexi and is claimed to be thicker and more scratch resistant- it is a disaster and has clouded up in 3 years to a near white opacity. The vendor refused a warranty claim as they said it must have been cleaned by a different plexiglass cleaner than their own. I was never told of any such limitation and used the usual Westmarine product once or twice a year.
As the canvas surrounds are now old and tired, I will be replacing the whole panels shortly and will use ordinary plexi inserts and not the fancy stuff.
Hope this helps,
Geoff. C350 #392, Taeko 1V, Blaine WA.
Further to my earlier reply, I just called the canvas guy and the name of the product which has failed quickly is "Stratoglass". Please note it was not called Starbright. My memory is not what It once was!
Just a bit more background if of interest. The hard dodger must have been a factory option or purpose designed "after market" because mine came delivered with the hard dodger and bonded windows by Barrett Enclosures of Seattle. I was told they were strataglass and they crazed after about 7 years in the full sun. By then Barrett had closed and sold the rights to Rainier Industries, also in Seattle, and when I replaced mine in 2013/14 I purchased a new set from Rainier.
Strataglass do make a big deal about "only" use their specified cleaner (IMAR strataglass protective polish) and while I generally only use water and a soft cloth on Lexan windows, if I get a mark on them I use the IMAR to polish it off.
I had a choice of coated polycarbonate (Lexan branded) or acrylic and they suggested the Lexan would be more durable. Bonding means they are glued between two sheets of vinyl rather than stitched, so no thread to rot, no stitch holes to go mouldy. This time around I am making them last, had a cover made for the dodger, so the windows only see sun (UV) when we are on board and I am hoping for 20 years this time.
Rainier have the pattern to fit the original hard top.
Hull #388 (2006)
Bob, Did you ever have a hard Dodger made? I will likely be looking to redo my canvas soon and I'm very interested in a hard dodger. I'm in DC so I may be looking at the same possible shop to have mine done.
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