TACO Metals to debut new products at IBEX 2012

September 27, 2012

TACO Metals, Inc. will debut 30 new products at this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), taking place Oct. 2-4 in in Louisville, Ky. Tailored to the demands of today’s boat builders, the products feature unique innovations and patent-pending designs. The suite of products includes an under top antenna mount that can be safely …

Texas Coast Boat Show helps celebrate Galveston landmark

September 18, 2012

This October, the Texas Coast Boat & Outdoor Show debuts on the Gulf Coast. The show will help celebrate the redevelopment and refurbishment of one of Galveston’s oldest landmarks—the Galveston Yacht Basin. Taking place Oct. 12-14, the show will feature over 100 boats in the water, both power and sail, plus an onshore exhibition where …

Tampa Boat Show features on-water education and activities

September 11, 2012

The Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show returns Sept. 28-30 with new educational opportunities. From on-the-water boat training to scuba lessons and do-it-yourself maintenance seminars, the event offers attendees a variety of hands-on learning experiences. Activities at the 2012 boat show include Take the Helm with Discover Boating. From novice boaters to seasoned sailors, attendees can …

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Shop talk with Keith Purves of Riverside Covers

September 1, 2012

How did you get started? Our company was started in 1987 by my mother, Linda Rhoades, out of her home on the river in east Fort Myers, thus inspiring the name Riverside Covers. Like many canvas fabricators, skills of the trade were taught to the next generation. I began learning from my mother at a …

Does your business have the right insurance coverage?

By Matthew Davis Don’t automatically assume you’re protected, or that your insurance is right for your business. According to one national survey, nearly 60 percent of businesses are seriously underinsured. In the event of a major claim, the survey showed that those who are underinsured could find that the upper limit of their policy payout …

How to start a custom job

Building a custom interior in a vessel can be a challenge or an excitement. This all depends on how the project is presented to the customer, especially if in the beginning you can portray the idea of an interior that will fit what the customer is looking for. In addition to a low-maintenance or maintenance-free …

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Tackling patterning variations

At Hood Canvas we have two variations of our patterning technique. The first is our one-step process in which we make our entire pattern in one trip to the boat. The second is our two-step process that we use for larger bimini enclosure patterns. Our two-step process utilizes elements of the one-step process to fabricate …

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Say yes to the odd request

“The relationships we’ve built that have resulted in revenue streams weren’t something we went looking for; they came to us,” says Jeri Perillo, president of Custom Canvas of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. “If you do a good job on the small stuff, the big stuff will follow.” Jeri, who purchased the marine canvas shop with …

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Partners in progress

Working with a competitor can have business benefits. By Maura Keller Have you ever worked with a company that meshes so well with your vision it’s simply startling? You know the ones—they are organized, effective and deliver on their promises each and every time. They are the people you turn to time and time again …

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Exceptional boat exteriors

The economic downturn left nearly every market in a state of unrest, and the boating industry is no exception. In the past several years, fewer boats have been built, but the news isn’t all bad, as fabricators and OEMs are turning a sluggish marketplace into opportunity. “The volume of units is not what it was, …