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Products incorporate resealable barrier joining strips

September 1, 2008

Compiled by Juli Case Question: We’re looking for the kind of closure that’s used in sandwich bags, only we need it bigger. Does anyone make anything like that? Answer: Yes, actually, someone does. ITW MaxiGrip makes a family of products under the name of MaxiGrip that incorporates resealable barrier joining strips. There are a couple …

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Synthetic suede fabric used for variety of applications

Compiled by Juli Case Question: We’re looking for a fabric called Clarino, what can you tell us? Answer: Clarino is the trade name of a synthetic suede fabric used in automotive interiors, equestrian products and sporting goods. Kuraray America manufactures Clarino. SOURCE Kuraray America Inc., Clarino Division Juli Case is IFAI’s information and technical services …

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Clarifying measurement terminology

Compiled by Juli Case Question: What’s the difference between a linear yard and a lineal yard? Answer: Our guess is that someone is using the word “lineal” when they really mean “linear.” “Lineal” is typically used in a genealogical context, meaning someone is descended in a direct line from a particular ancestor. “Linear” is a …

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Entering inventory into the books

Compiled by Juli Case Question: My accountant wants to know how I would like to enter my inventory into the books. How do other marine shops do this? Answer: We talked to our own accounting department and were told that there are four systems commonly used: FIFO, LIFO, Average Cost and Specific Identification Pricing. FIFO …

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Finding fabric for boat reupholstery

Compiled by Juli Case Question: I have a client who wants me to reupholster a 1998 Sea Ray. Do you have any idea what type of fabric was used in that model? Answer: Typically, the best option is to contact the boat manufacturer. We were directed to contact a local dealer, but the marine fabricator …

Writing off expenses

Write off trade show and convention expenses—as long as you know the laws. By Mark E. Battersby Imagine an enjoyable—and educational—vacation with Uncle Sam, in the form of our tax laws, picking up part of the tab. That’s right, every marine fabrication business, the owner and employees of that business can legitimately claim an income …

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Investing in equipment

Making a significant equipment purchase can be a daunting task, but many financing options exist to help improve operations, stay competitive and realize the return on your investment. By Holly O’Dell One look around the shop, and business owners are faced with constant reminders of necessary improvements, such as tools that need to be replaced …

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What to do when pollution lands on your work

Not long after she and her husband bought their Florida canvas business, a mystery confronted Rebecca Hillan of T&C Canvas Inc. in Fort Myers, Fla. One of her customers lugged his year-old boat cover into the shop. The fabric layers were delaminating, actually separating from one another. “It was coming apart in our hands,” Hillan …

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Adding a retail component to your marine fabrication business

Whether you are just starting out in the marine fabrication industry or are a longtime shop owner, there comes a time when the inevitable questions arise: How can I grow my business, and is there more I could be doing for my customers? Some owners respond by offering discount programs for loyal customers, relocating to …

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Up your profits during your downtime

The offseason is a good time to catch up with any marine fabrication projects unapproachable during the hectic boating season. But, as companies scramble to remain competitive, the current changing business climate may alter the way craftsmen find clients, no matter what the season. Fabricators from around the country talk about how they’re handling those …