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Three ways to fix dodger windows

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Three ways to fix dodger windows
Once again you can see the way ahead
by Barry Hammerberg

You don't have to be a seamstress to replace a dodger's window plastic. With a little work, the typical sailor can add years of life to a boat's dodger and improve the looks of the boat as part of the bargain.

Method 2: A Dremel tool with a wire brush cuts the stitching holding the panes in place, at left. Use masking tape to lay out the shape of the opening on the replacement pane to avoid distorting the dodger when the panel is sewn in place, at right.
Cut away the corners of the old pane to make it easier to remove the old pane once the new pane has been sewn in, at left. Sew the new pane in place. Note the double-sided tape to the left of the sewing machine head, at right.
Quick and dirty method

Method 3: Use a thread-stripper to cut the threads holding the old pane in place, at left. Apply double-sided basting tape to the dodger to anchor the new pane in place for sewing, center. A vacuum cleaner with a narrow nozzle works well for removing the old threads from the dodger, at right.
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In high school, Barry Hammerberg rebuilt a Snipe and learned to sail. Before too long, he was building fiberglass canoes and kayaks. Midwesterners, he and his wife, Ruth, owned a charter boat in the Florida Keys and have sailed the BVIs and Leeward Islands.

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This is a great article! I don't need to replace my dodger windows yet, but when I do I'll have the info that I need. Thanks for providing a valuable service.  

Very helpful Thanks! Verrrrrrrry helpful  

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Dodger repair

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  • Start date Feb 22, 2022
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Does anyone have a picture of a Wave Stopper hard dodger with the windows intact? I need to replace mine but do not have the old parts and/or measurements to make a new one. Any info would help or links to someone who still makes them  

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Welcome to the forum!! My Hunter 386 had a wave stopper hard dodger, I recall. I sold the sailboat. A good dodger canvas guy should be able to sort it for you.  

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    From experience with several dodgers, I believe there is no one best way to replace damaged plastic windowpanes. You need to fit the repair to the situation. I've used three methods successfully. All require basting tape, window material, and a few other items.

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