MarChem CFI appoints Northeast regional sales rep

September 23, 2011

MarChem CFI named Laurie Moers as its Northeast regional sales representative. Moers is responsible for generating demand for the company’s products at user level, contacting canvas shops, awning shops, distributors and OEM’s who use fabrics. She brings more than 20 years in the textile industry to her new post, having positions with Dillon Yarn and, …

USCG seeks feedback on boating accident reporting

September 15, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comment on a National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) recommendation that requires recreational vessel operators to turn their engine off if a swimmer is in the water in close proximity to the rear of the vessel, as well as other ideas to reduce casualties caused by propeller strikes …

IBEX 2011 introduces Green Marine Route

September 8, 2011

The 2011 International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) is entering into cleaner waters with the introduction of the Green Marine Route, a new component of the show for eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable boating innovation. “As the marine industry has seen an evolution to new, more efficient, and cleaner building processes, methods and materials, we felt …

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Simple but effective tools

September 1, 2011

Three simple tools aid fabricating efficiency. By Mark Hood Adjuster buckle An adjuster buckle used for tensioning hold-down straps can be used as a handy ½-inch guide for adding the hem allowance to the edge of patterns. Homasote tables A layer of Homasote wrapped with a wide, heavy duty truck cover vinyl makes a handy …

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Nine things you need to know about business credit

By William J. Lynott Credit plays an important part in business. Used wisely, it can be a profitable friend. Used carelessly, it can be a destructive enemy. Here are nine ways to help you put credit to work for you and your business. Be aware of your credit report. If your credit score is “good,” …

Precision is key to upholstery graphics

Designing new graphics into an upholstery job doesn’t have to be the most dreaded portion of the job; it actually can be the most rewarding. You just need to get comfortable doing some custom work, so start with something small. The steps from start to finish are the same on a monster sunpad as they …

Fabricating a Navy top

In the last article (July/Aug issue), we patterned a Navy top in one step at my brother Chris Hood’s boat building facility, CW Hood Yachts, in Marblehead, Mass. In this article, we head back to our shop in Merrimac, Mass., to develop our pattern and fabricate the top and side curtains together. We have received …

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Price jobs to make money

You’re in business to make money. That means knowing costs and pricing jobs realistically. By Marc Hequet This job’s a tough one; the design is different, the material expensive. The customer is haggling. Can you price it to meet your target margin? Do you know what your target margin is? Can you even price it …

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Sewing techniques for marine applications

Today’s marine fabricators are expanding their sewing repertoire by utilizing up-to-date sewing techniques and incorporating regular machine maintenance to provide the highest quality end products their customers deserve. Take Eric Walton, owner of Custom Canvas Alaska LLC, of Fairbanks, for example. Back in 1969, when Walton was a college freshman, he had a part-time job …

Shop scissors

The Clauss® 12-inch Hot Forged Bent Trimmer with SureSet® is a heavy-duty, hot-forged bent trimmer with wide body blades. Made of carbon steel, through-hardened and double-plated with chrome over nickel, the knife edges provide low-stress cutting. SureSet, an adjustable fastener, has a locking pivot to reduce friction and allow one-handed tension adjustment. Made using through-hardened, …