MFA announces scholarship

March 29, 2011

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) announced the 2011 Membership Scholarship award in the amount of $2,000. This scholarship provides tuition expenses at an accredited college, university or technical school. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, community service, financial need and interest in a future career in the specialty fabrics industry. To …

Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs announced

March 23, 2011

Representatives Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) will serve as co-chairs for the Congressional Boating Caucus in the 112th Congress. The Congressional Boating Caucus is an informal, bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives formed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in 1989 to advocate for the interests of the recreational boating industry. …

Top Value Fabrics new distribution center

March 16, 2011

Top Value Fabrics, a supplier of industrial and recreational fabrics, has achieved full operational status for its new distribution center in Indianapolis, Ind. “The 45,000 square-foot facility provides the needed space to continue to stock the fabrics we need to meet the growing demand from our customers in areas such as print media, CPSIA compliant …

New Tri Vantage catalog

March 9, 2011

From performance fabrics to stainless steel fittings, and from awning components to complete shade systems, the new catalog from Tri Vantage® offers everything needed for awning, marine and furniture applications. Within its 500 pages, the new catalog from the nation’s largest awning, marine and furniture fabrics distributor contains more than 12,500 different items. The new …

January boat sales continue gradual improvement

March 2, 2011

Continuing a trend from the previous two months, January saw slightly improved sales for the boat segments tracked by Info-Link Technologies Inc.’s Bellwether Report, though on the whole sales are still down. Losses tracked by the group hit their worst point of the recession in the summer of 2009, rallied to a high point last …

Dual-pocket part pouch

March 1, 2011

Organize snaps on a tool belt with custom pouches. Problem Carrying a number of boxes of snaps to the installation site can be cumbersome and take up space in the vehicle. Solution Make special pouches that hang on a tool belt to hold snaps of different sizes and types to minimize the number of tools …

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The 3 Ps to small-business success

By Dave Sanders Small-business owners wear many hats. The demands of day-to-day business activities leave little time for planning or thinking about ways to improve your business. The past few years have been tough on all businesses, but especially on small business. Smaller operations have fewer employees and generally have a good understanding of their …

Cabin cushion re-cover

Project: Fabric re-cover of cabin V-berth. The customer wanted some color in the small cabin. I used a sunburst pattern to give the appearance of the space being larger than it really is. The bolsters had sew foam applied to the fabric, and were top-stitched to create a quilted look. The plastic pattern has arrows …

Make inside corners look good

The inside of a corner is one of the most difficult areas to get looking good. Here are a few tips for good-looking corners. To start, you must have a good foam base. Because of all the pulling and stretching required, soft foam will compress too much and not hold its shape. Old skins are …

Fabricating a California dodger

In the last article (Jan/Feb issue), we covered patterning a California dodger on the boat. Then we went back to the shop and developed the raw pattern into a workable version for cutting out the dodger pieces and parts. (Refer to our “Fabricating an enclosure” article from the Jan/Feb 2010 issue for instruction on how …