Enclosure maximizes forward visibility

March 1, 2008

Cape Canvas & Rigging, West Yarmouth, Mass. In November 2006, Alex Bell of Mariner Canvas Co., New Bern, N.C., a beloved member of MFA, passed away unexpectedly. The MFA board of directors voted to rename the New Member Award in his memory. This project, which won the Alex Bell New Member Award in the 2008 …

Moveable frames allow captain to watch angler

Canvas Designers Inc., Riviera Beach, Fla. This project, which won an Award of Excellence in the unique and different category of the 2008 MFA Awards, was coordinated by the boat builder and the canvas shop. It consisted of a traditional aft frame, but with moveable frames so the captain could pull on a cord and …

Winter coat protects new sailboat

Al’s Auto Trim & Upholstery, Erie, Pa. This project, which won an Award of Excellence in the miscellaneous marine canvas category of the 2008 MFA Awards, included the fabrication of a winter cover that would properly protect this new sailboat and its beautiful teak deck from the elements. The client requested easy access into the …

Aft screening incorporates unorthodox orientation

Seafarer Canvas, Norwalk, Conn. This project, which won an Award of Excellence in the full exterior canvas powerboat under 27’ category of the 2008 MFA Awards, involved the recanvas of both sections, and redesign aft section to include screens. The client wanted to replace the old canvas and change the color. The client also wanted …

Enclosure designed to prevent leakage

Mike’s Marine Custom Canvas, Virginia Beach, Va. This project, which won an Award of Excellence in the full exterior canvas powerboat 27’ and up category of the 2008 MFA Awards, involved a redesign and fabrication of a factory bimini/camper and enclosure. The client wanted a more functional enclosure, as well as a more watertight connection …

Travel cover fits like a glove

Banner Canvas, Ham Lake, Minn. This project, which won an Award of Excellence in the full covers under 27’ category of the 2008 MFA Awards, called for a travel cover to protect the entire top half of the boat. The cover was reinforced for road travel, and vented for breathability. This cover is able to …

Bimini fits egg shape of cockpit

Mike’s Marine Custom Canvas, Virginia Beach, Va. This project, which won an Award of Excellence in the tops 27’ and up category of the 2008 MFA Awards, included an aft cockpit bimini. The cockpit on this boat got wider as it went forward from the back, but it curved back in toward the front, creating …

Boat top matches spider theme of boat

Custom Covers, Salt Lake City, Utah This project, which won an Award of Excellence in the tops under 27’ category of the 2008 MFA Awards, features the Custom Covers Folding Canopy Top (FCT) that is directly mounted to the tower. It has a unique design as requested by the customer. The purpose of the FCT …

Functional dodger features strong self-supporting frame

Mariner Canvas Company, New Bern, N.C. The customer for this project, which won an Award of Excellence in the dodger category of the 2008 MFA Awards, consists of a rigid, is a cruiser and wanted a sturdy, safe and functional dodger with features that include a strong, self-supporting frame made of heavy-gauge 1-inch stainless steel, …

Cockpit enclosure offers sturdiness, safety and function

Mariner Canvas Company, New Bern, N.C. This project, which won an Award of Excellence in the soft enclosures category of the 2008 MFA Awards, consists of a rigid, included a deluxe hard dodger, connector, bimini top, and full enclosure. The customer wanted a full cockpit enclosure that was sturdy, safe and functional at anchor, as …