Alan J. Freedman Award nominations

July 27, 2011

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is accepting entries for the 2011 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award, one of the industry’s most prestigious honors given to an individual in the marine accessory sector. The award will be presented on Monday, Oct. 17 at the 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) in Louisville, Ky., …

Outdura earns Oeko-Tex certification

July 20, 2011

C.P. Davis, CEO of Outdura Corp., announced that Outdura has been granted authorization to use the Oeko-Tex mark, according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 has become the best-known and most successful label for textiles tested for harmful substances. “The Oeko-Tex label is a recognized benchmark for the consumer and also serves as …

IBEX 2011 announces Innovation Awards call for entries

July 13, 2011

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced that entries are being accepted for the 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards, one of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors. The Awards presentation takes place during the show’s annual Industry Breakfast on Monday, Oct. 17 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. IBEX Innovation Awards are judged by …

Life jacket reform

July 6, 2011

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has removed exclusivity for Underwriters Laboratories (UL) as the only USCG-approved lab to test inflatable life jackets, opening up the possibility for new life jacket innovations and cost-effective options for consumers. “The rulemaking signals that the USCG is seriously considering approving an inflatable life jacket standard that will remove …

Zipper organizer

July 1, 2011

Organize zippers on a Lazy Susan for easy access. Problem Zippers are cumbersome to organize and store, and are hard to access easily. Solution Organize and store zippers of various lengths on a hanging Lazy Susan, allowing easy access to sizes and colors. Process andwich a bearing assembly between a round piece of plywood (approximately …

Deter employee theft

By William J. Lynott Employers place a great deal of trust in their employees, but it’s important to keep your guard up. The unfortunate fact is that employee theft is the fastest growing crime in America, according to FBI statistics. To an employer, employee theft occurs when a worker steals merchandise, money, property or even …

Self-pleated bench seats from scratch

If you do any upholstery in the marine industry you will use a pleated vinyl at some point. Customers often request that I not use pleated because they want something that is easier to wipe clean and doesn’t have all the grooves in it. But the pleated vinyl provides visual interest as opposed to flat, …

Patterning a Navy top with side curtains

We made a trip to my brother Chris Hood’s business, CW Hood Yachts, in Marblehead, Mass. Chris was refitting an older Wasque 32 and needed a frame, Navy top and side curtains made up. We took some photos and thought it might make a good article to show Marine Fabricator readers how we pattern a …

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The facts on foam

Since the mid-20th century, foam has been used in marine applications to stiffen, strengthen and soften everything from seat cushions to headliners to beds. Knowing foam options, properties and applications of each type ensures marine fabricators are incorporating the best foam products into every project. Foam is the inherent “undercover” element that makes boats, yachts …

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Refitting 54 cushions on a megayacht

In March of 2010, we received a phone call from the City Marina and Boatyard in downtown Charleston asking if it was OK to give our company’s name and email address to the owners of a boat that would be arriving in Charleston in a few weeks. I was told that it was a sailboat …