Shop talk with Greg Smith and Tom Matson of Afton Marina & Yacht Club

March 1, 2013

What unique design elements are built into your products? We fabricate high-end marine canvas and upholstery. We use only the highest quality products in our tops and enclosures, and our workmanship is second to none. What other products, other than marine products, do you produce? We will do work on anything that comes through our …

Little white lies at work

Do you lie? “Of course not,” you’d probably respond to a question like this. You likely consider yourself a person of honesty and candor, someone who would never speak a falsehood. But what about those innocent “little white lies?” Those slight mistruths you proclaim in an effort to be polite or wiggle your way out …

Design techniques for interior fabrication

In our last article (Jan/Feb 2013 issue), we tackled cushion patterning. This story focuses on the design side of what Trevor and I do at Kennedy Custom Upholstery. There will always be those extremely straightforward jobs where plain white vinyl or gray canvas is the only choice. But for more complex jobs an informed design …

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Fabricating small side curtains

At Hood Canvas we fabricate our small side curtains with overlays of fabric along the bottom edges. The reason we do this is twofold. First, to minimize stretch and to facilitate folding, we cut our bottom attachments along the width of the fabric, selvage edge to selvage edge. Second, since most fabrics are only 60 …

Permanent shade structure on a Nordic Tug’s aft deck

Outstanding Achievement Award | Hood Marine Canvas & Training | Merrimac, Mass. This project won a 2013 MFA Outstanding Achievement Award in the miscellaneous marine category. The project provided a permanent shade structure on the small aft deck of our client’s Nordic Tug. Our clients requested a permanent shade structure with zippered access to the …

Weather protection for an active vessel

Award of Excellence | Custom Marine Canvas | Noank, Conn. This project won a 2013 MFA Award of Excellence in the miscellaneous marine category. The USCGC Eagle, America’s Tall Ship is a very active vessel. The customer needed protection at the Mid Deck from rain and sun while underway, or entertaining guests worldwide. The purpose …

A taller top that keeps the aesthetics

Outstanding Achievement Award | Canvas Innovations | Holland, Mich. This project won a 2013 MFA Outstanding Achievement Award in the sailboat dodgers and complete category. It included a dodger, bimini top and filler panel, along with a new stainless frame. We had just two weeks to complete it. The customer wouldn’t give us the contract …

Full hardtop enclosure curtains on live-aboard sailing vessel

Award of Excellence | Mike’s Marine Custom Canvas | Virginia Beach, Va. This project won a 2013 MFA Award of Excellence in the sailboat dodgers and complete category. This project included installing full enclosure curtains on a sailboat cockpit hardtop. The clients wanted a full enclosure on their live-aboard sailing vessel. They wanted everything to …

Stem to stern canvas makeover

Outstanding Achievement Award | Hood Marine Canvas & Training | Merrimac, Mass. This project won a 2013 MFA Outstanding Achievement Award in the sailboat dodgers category. It provided beauty, comfort and protection to the owners of a classic 1969 vintage sailing yacht. Our client wanted an entire canvas makeover stem to stern. His old dodger …

Traditional dodger with a classic design

Award of Excellence | Custom Marine Canvas | Noank, Conn. This project won a 2013 MFA Award of Excellence in the sailboat dodgers category. Mr. Fisher needed a new dodger because his traveller was being redesigned. He wanted a traditional dodger to complement the classic design of the boat. The challenge included working around the …