Tri Vantage seeks customer feedback on design software

January 19, 2012

Tri Vantage seeks customer feedback on new software for design of marine interior and exterior makeovers Tri Vantage seeks customer feedback on new software for design of marine interior and exterior makeovers Hands-On Demonstrations of System Prototype Debuting at Marine Fabricator National Convention Jan. 20-22 in New Orleans Tri Vantage®, distributor of marine fabrics and …

New distributors for Transhield

Transhield Inc., Elkhart, Ind., manufactures universal boat covers that protect boats during storage or transportation without damaging paint, plastic or other finishes. The three-layer covers, an alternative to conventional shrink-wrapping, will now be carried by U.S. Distributing from warehouses in Phoenix, Ariz., Portland, Ore., and Missoula, Mont. Transhield announced the appointment of U.S. Distributing as …

2012 Time Standards Manual now available

January 1, 2012

The 2012 Time Standards Manual is now available for download. The manual Time Standards Manual was developed in 1996 by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA)—a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International—to serve as a benchmark shop owners can use to set fabrication times, with which they can generate competitive labor costs. The manual is …

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Shop talk with Darren Arthur of Nautilux Custom Canvas

Grass roots I worked for a small sail loft and canvas shop during high school and college while I studied engineering. After getting married, I wanted a more steady career because the sail making and design path I chose was very time and travel intensive. I took what I knew and started Nautilux Custom Canvas …

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Battle city hall, with tax deductions

By Mark E. Battersby Thanks, in large part, to the economy’s impact on cash-strapped state and local governments, many marine canvas and upholstery businesses are swamped with red tape, rules, regulations, fees and taxes, all sharply cutting into their bottom line. Fortunately, battling city hall, the county or statehouse over zoning issues, unfairly levied fines, …

Solid foundations start with good wood

We’ve all been there. You start a new upholstery job by removing the old fabric and find a little surprise: rotten wood. And although you were aware that some of the pieces would have to be replaced, there was no way of knowing that the damage was so extensive. Now you have to contact the …

Wide fabric reinforcements

There are many good ways to reinforce aft covers or mooring covers. At Hood Canvas, we like the look and strength that wide reinforcements provide. They require more time, effort and materials to fabricate, but our customers appreciate the results. Wide fabric reinforcements: Start to finish It helps to draw up a reinforcing diagram as …

Edge seals

Custom edge seals from Xtreme Seal are made by fabricators for fabricators and recently received patent 8,028,640 (compositions and methods for sealing), which covers the company’s designs and profiles. The new Pro Seal is a dual durometer that is soft foam at the seal side and flat on the sewing side, allowing it to be …

Marine fabrics

Bella-Dura introduces a new line of casual fabrics with the help of Hable Construction. The high-performance fabrics are available in stylish colors, textures and patterns, such as Seascape, a coral silhouette in a contemporary geometric frame. The Catalina pattern features a traditional, multi-colored medallion, while Palm Beach Plaid boasts an exciting, colorful plaid that has …

Polyester thread

Vicar International added 138 UVR to its Aqualon line of bonded polyester threads, which combines durability with aesthetics. The thread is available in 1-pound units in white and black, as well as 15 colors in 8-ounce cones. Available sizes include 92 and 138. Aqualon threads are suitable for numerous marine and sail applications. SOURCE Vicar …