Shop talk with Crafted Canvas

March 1, 2014

How did you get started? I belong to a sailing club, and one year, I helped a friend put his canvas on the boat in the spring. He had just gotten a new dodger, and I looked at it and saw lots of small details I didn’t like. He encouraged me to look into doing …

Retro sport top fabrication

Years ago, sport tops with tails were considered the norm. In those days, we fabricated them with vinyl that had a denim backing. Most of the frames were vinyl-covered galvanized pipe, not stainless as is standard today. Navy tops made with acrylics are now the accepted standard. When we were asked to make a sport …

Taylor Made Systems named ABA supplier of choice

Taylor Made Systems of Gloversville, N.Y., has been named the American Boatbuilders Association’s Preferred Supplier of Choice for glazing and canvas systems. The Taylor Made brand will supply items such as windshields, doors, roof systems and hull windows, while its fabric engineering and manufacturing arm, Ameritex Fabric Systems, will supply items such as bimini tops, …

Chupich named Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year

Rallee Chupich, co-owner of Gordy’s Lakefront Marine of Fontana, Wis., is the 2013 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year. The honor is given annually to an outstanding woman in the marine industry. A 30-year-plus veteran of the boat business, Chupich has served in a wide variety of roles at the dealership, from ski instructor and …

Legendary Marine No. 1 again

For the second consecutive year, Legendary Marine of Destin, Fla., has been named the No. 1 boat dealer in North America for 2013 by Boating Industry magazine. “Legendary wowed us with the wave of improvements the company made over the last year, from the Five Star Military VIP Program to the Legends Boating Club,” editor …

MRAA scholarships awarded

The Landing School of Arundel, Maine, and the Laramie, Wyo.-based WTI Foundation were selected as recipients of 2013 MRAA Technical Scholarships. The MRAA Technical Scholarship Fund was founded to offer financial assistance for technical training of dealership personnel and was initially underwritten by the OMC Foundation. For several years, the foundation has used the scholarship …

Davis acquires Simply Brilliant lines

Davis Instruments of Hayward, Calif., has acquired the Simply Brilliant Shockles and SolLight product lines. Both are suited for the marine, camping, RV and other outdoor recreation markets. Shockles are shock-absorbing solutions for many outdoor and industrial uses. Most feature sun- and abrasion-resistant webbing sewn over special progressive-tension design shock cord with a patented internal …

Martek names Bader

Stuart, Fla.-based Martek of Palm Beach, a marine electronics engineering and support company, has named Martin Bader as chief financial officer. Bader will be responsible for all financial operations of the company, which designs, installs, and services electronics aboard super yachts and other vessels around the world. Bader previously was CFO of OceanView Technologies, a …

Bill to halt ethanol mandate offered

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), leading a bipartisan consortium including eight other U.S. senators, in December introduced a bill that would eliminate the federal government’s rule that requires the corn-based fuel be included in the country’s gasoline blend. The current law has been opposed by a variety of industries that have claimed …

Northeast Wisconsin service yard expands

CenterPointe Yacht Services LLC has acquired Great Lakes Yacht Services of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., making CenterPointe the largest service yard in northeast Wisconsin. The purchase includes four acres of waterfront land with more than 800 feet of dock wall, a 70-ton boat lift, and 110,000 square feet of buildings housing six dedicated shops for woodworking, …