Building a dream shop

January 1, 1970

Your new, ‘ideal’ shop should not fit your needs like a glove. By Gary Legwold Your shop is a tool, the biggest tool you have to get a job done. So it makes sense to find the best tool for optimum efficiency and to keep that tool sharp. In your quest for the ideal shop, …

Restoring and Repairing Vintage Vessels

Imagine a new customer bringing in a crusty, old vintage boat that has been stored for decades in his or her grandfather’s garage. They want an estimate on how much it would cost to bring this old gem back to life. Steve Shoop, president of the Land O’Lakes chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat …

Risk exposures are many and varied

Business operations within the marine industry can face numerous risk exposures including, but not limited to: Property exposure from flammable paints, lubricants, oils, degreasers and solvents used in service and repair operations and the combustibility of watercraft. The risk increases if flammables are not properly stored. Welding exposures are often a part of the repair …

Range of on-water projects

By Dara Syrkin Fabricators are mobilizing their know-how and dreaming up options for the future. “We will soon be installing a sewing machine on our work barge,” says Justin Jones. “It currently serves us by being able to get all our tools and product right to the boat for fitting or installation. At some point …

Laura Rendell, Coastal Marine Care and Coastal Upholstery

By Dara Syrkin Laura Rendell, owner of Coastal Marine Care (Portland, Maine), uses whatever mode of transportation is necessary to get the job done. “I do lots of work at our local Centerboard Yacht Club, and they gladly shuttle me in their runabout to any mooring. I travel, on average, a 15-mile radius and up …

Graphics Help Create Patterns

by Dara Syrkin The America’s Cup organizers approached Liz Diaz because they needed race-course marker buoys. “We have CAD software, which includes an application called Revolver that allows us to tackle 3-D projects like cones. So we came up with a design that met all of the race’s requirements and included symbols for where the …

Managing Customers’ Expectations

Managing the customers’ expectations of longevity is key. by Thad Bowes, marine division director, Rainier Industries Ltd. Printing on fabrics is fairly nuanced, and there are a number of factors that affect the final results, such as the materials used and whether the boat is exposed to the elements year-round or is covered when not …

Plotting business strategy

Darren Arthur’s business strategy is to be a custom shop with a standardized process. In short, mass customization. He hopes his new plotter-cutter will help. “We want to have a standardized method so we don’t have to rethink the process every time,” says Arthur, owner and president of Nautilux Custom Canvas LLC in Hazlet, N.J. …

Check it out

More information about some of the products mentioned in the “Going hi-tech” story and others related to the same tasks. Proliner by Prodim USA www.prodim-systems.com Prodim International is the maker of the Proliner 3-D/2-D measuring device. The mechanical wire measuring mechanism, which is attached to a pen, allows the user to capture both 2-D and …

Depreciation’s “bonus” write-off

By Mark E. Battersby So-called “bonus” depreciation has long been used by lawmakers as an economic stimulus. The tax law currently allows 50 percent bonus depreciation write-off for equipment and property placed in service through the 2013 tax year. Some transportation and longer-lived property is even eligible for bonus depreciation through 2014. With bonus depreciation, …