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    Posted: 10 September 2013 at 7:54am
Good Morning,
 
1. Any recommendations on Crystal Clear vs. Regalite 40 guage glass for a dodger?  Both are the same price / size and seem very similar.  Any advantages over one vs. the other?  Only looking for the glass to get through 1 year of cruising in the Carribean.  After that, the dodger will be replaced with a hard dodger.
 
2. I am looking for a suggestion for a light weight material to be used for shade and minor rain/dew protection (phifertex will not provide the light rain/dew protection.  This too will be exposed to the Carribean marine environmnet.  I am looking for something that will have a decent life span in this environment.
 
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1. Both are excellent clear vinyl products. The Regalite is a little softer which some sewers prefer (others like working with the stiffer Crystal Clear). I have used both extensively and really like both. But don't mix the two products on the same job as the Regalite has just a bit more blue tint.
 
2. What about using Sunbrella "Canvas" line. This is about a 5 oz Sunbrella but without all the waterproof treatment. Yet the fiber is highly water resistant and UV resistant. It is soft and light and will certainly provide shade. This is the material often used for collapsing table umbrellas (the high quality ones).
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Matt,
 
Thanks as always for the quick response and excellent advice.
 
With regards to the Sunbrella Canvas, I did a search on your website and could only find a 6.5oz canvas Sunbrella fabric that was available in only 4 colors: Maize, Dusk, Granite and Flax.  Unfortunately those colors will not work.
 
Could you point in the right direction for the 5oz you menitoned? 
 
 
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Sorry. Here is the link (tons of colors):
 
 
I think you are right that it is more like 6 instead of 5 oz. Sunbrella really does not publish a weight so our number is somewhat arbitrary for Sunbrella brand products. It is still the right product to use in this case.
 
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Matt,
As always, a wealth of information.  Thank you!
 
Keri
 
 
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