San Francisco Boat Show cancelled

January 26, 2016

The Progressive Insurance San Francisco Boat Show announced this week that the 2016 show has been cancelled. The event was initially postponed to April because of anticipated El Niño weather. Dave Geoffroy, director of the San Francisco Boat Show, said the logistics of moving the show presented more challenges for exhibitors than anticipated. Organizers said …

NMMA, ICOMIA and ASONÁUTICA Partner to Launch Colombia International Nautical Congress

January 13, 2016

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), together with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and the Asociación Náutica de Colombia (ANC), announced today they will produce the International Nautical Congress of Colombia, April 27-29, 2016, in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, to promote the country’s growing recreational boating industry. Attendees of the Congress will …

County issues permit for Miami Boat Show

January 12, 2016

The annual Miami International Boat Show has received a Class 1 Special Events Permit from the Miami-Dade County Board and its Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER). The 13-member board approved the environmental permit on an 8-1 vote, three days after approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Both permits focus on …

Serge Ferrari introduces new upholstery material

January 8, 2016

Serge Ferrari introduced its new indoor and outdoor furniture upholstery membrane, Stamskin® One, at Paris Design Week in September. Stamskin One is an elastomer-coated polyester jersey with soft and luxurious feel, similar to worn leather. Its durability makes it ideal for demanding environments like yachts, restaurants, poolside seating, busy waiting areas and massage tables. Stamskin …

New Jersey law reduces boat sales tax

January 7, 2016

New Jersey governor Chris Christie signed a bill in December that reduces the state’s tax on boat sales to seven percent and caps the total tax at $20,000. Those in opposition of the bill said the tax break helps the wealthy at the expense of everyone else in New Jersey. The Press of Atlantic City …

Boating industry to approach pre-recession levels in 2016

January 4, 2016

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) estimates new powerboat unit sales will be up six to eight percent in 2016. The rise in sales could reach pre-recession levels in several boat segments this year. The powerboat category is comprised of outboard boats, wake sport boats, inboard cruisers, sterndrive boats and jet boats as well as …

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2016 New Product Showcase

January 1, 2016

Marine Fabricator‘s compilation of products to help you create profit-producing projects. Products and information were submitted by manufacturers and suppliers by the established deadline. Awning fabric The Sattler 745 FR awning fabric features a flame-retardant PVC-coated polyester membrane that meets NFPA 701, CPAI-84, CSFM Title19, CPAI-84, BS7837, CAN/ULC-S109, NFB 92-507 requirements. Featuring UV resistance, color …

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Full coverage

Tips and trends in travel and mooring covers. Every boat owner wants to be on the water as much as possible. But even the most avid mariners need to make the occasional trip to shore, and when they do, they need to protect their craft from the elements. Good mooring and travel covers protect the …

Window treatments to WOW your customers

This article presents options for the perfect look and fit for those challenging yacht windows. A bit of experience will help, but don’t be daunted by the encounter; just reading this page likely means you have already overcome obstacles for other areas of vessels that were once demanding. Entire lines of blinds and shades are …

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Estimating for profit

Understanding the customer’s unique wants and requirements goes to the heart of successful custom projects. Larry Schneider of Homestyle Upholstery and Awning in Bayview, Wis., recently worked on a project that seemed like it would be fairly simple, and one marine fabricators might recognize—adding screens to a car trailer so the customer could sleep in …