Schaefer Marine to distribute Manson Anchors in the U.S.

May 31, 2012

Schaefer Marine is a leading manufacturer and supplier of marine products to recreational and commercial accounts throughout the United States. “We are proud to form this association with Manson Anchors. Both companies are rooted in manufacturing high quality products and in servicing their customers with the highest degree of satisfaction,” said Fred Cook, President of …

Phifer outdoor fabrics receive GREENGUARD certification

May 29, 2012

Phifer Incorporated’s line of Designed Fabrics outdoor furniture fabric has attained GREENGUARD Select certification from the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI). The new GREENGUARD Select program meets the latest in scientific and market requirements for VOC and formaldehyde emissions, including compliance with the 2012 updates to the California section CA 01350 emissions standard. The Select certification …

National Safe Boating Week May 19-25, 2012

May 21, 2012

The National Safe Boating Council is kicking off National Safe Boating Week, May 19–25, 2012. Boating safety partners across the U.S. and Canada are teaming up to promote safe and responsible boating, including voluntary wear of life jackets. As part of National Safe Boating Week, the NSBC hosted “Ready, Set, Wear It!” on May 19. …

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Shop talk with Cindy Boersema of The Nautical Needle

May 1, 2012

What unique design elements are built into your products? We are always finding or trying to find new and better ways to produce our products. We never stop thinking. How did your shop get started? That’s a long story. In 2004, two people I worked with asked me to go into business with them and …

Sales success 101

By Arnold Sanow There are many ingredients necessary for success in sales, regardless of the market your business serves. Here are eight keys to help you achieve your sales goals. 1. Determine the wants and needs of your customers first, then work backwards to develop the product or service.Many times we make the mistake of …

Techniques for installing marine carpet

It’s that time of year when the trailered boats get hauled out and the projects begin. At Racine Design, we are always busy with regular upholstery and canvas jobs but tend to overlook the obvious other jobs that we can make the same money on, or more. Almost every boat has carpet. Most carpet jobs …

Finishing small windows

At Hood Canvas we have a method of sandwiching our window material between two layers of fabric. It is not unique to us, and we know of other fabricators who use this method in their enclosure fabrication. We do not make any large enclosures with this method because we construct larger enclosures a different way. …

Cover and storage for dinghy

Outstanding Achievement Award | Signature CanvasMakers | Hampton, Va. This project won a 2012 MFA Outstanding Achievement Award in the miscellaneous category. Customers are live-aboards and spend extensive time cruising in the Caribbean. They requested a cover for their RHIB and an unobstrusive way to store life jackets on the dinghy. Project data Designer: Michael …

Cockpit cover transforms into awning

Outstanding Achievement Award | Mike’s Marine Custom Canvas | Virginia Beach, Va. This project won a 2012 MFA Outstanding Achievement Award in the miscellaneous category. A standard cockpit cover that transforms into an overhead awning for shade. The cover attaches to the rubrail with 1/4-inch stainless steel welded pins. It features an access zipper at …

Matching top and rear deck awnings

Award of Excellence | David’s Custom Trimmers | Queensland, Australia This project won a 2012 MFA Award of Excellence in the miscellaneous category. Customer wanted matching top and rear deck awnings for a superyacht. Stainless tubes were designed, fabricated and reinforced with carbon fiber inner sleeves to support the awnings with easily detachable pully systems. …