Gold Line is a trade name and the rubber straps are distributed through several channels.
Obtaining liability insurance and how much to get.
Many retailers and other entities that sell use barcodes, a Universal Product Code that appears as bars of black and white.
We contacted several boat carpet manufacturers and all of them said that they don't supply underpads for carpet because of concerns about water buildup.
Boat owners are usually required to register with a state’s Department of Transportation.
Because boats exist in an environment that’s already moist, condensation between the mattress and the surface it rests on creates problems.
We asked members of the Marine Fabricators Association for solutions when working with Lexan.
Assessing how a fabric is going to perform outdoors is a tricky business.
How to get into military contract work.
How to find the SJ 3518 hook and loop fastener.
Where to get the equipment to cut foam.
Where to find small quantities of Polartec and Windpro fabrics for specific projects.
There are fundamental differences between upholstery fabric for bus and boat seating.
How to minimize bulk with rolled screen material.
How to find the Fastmount headliner system.
Fabric suppliers see the marine market in a severe downturn because of the weakening U.S. and world economy, as well as cautious customer purchasing for the remainder of 2009. Until the economy does rebound, the OEM market segment will be sluggish. Price-conscious marine fabricators will continue to seek less expensive imported fabrics. This continued influx of imports (not just from Asia) will erode market shares for the market leaders. If the weather is warmer and sunnier in 2009, the marine fabric market may still face decreases, but not as much as in 2008.
Marine fabricators see the market slowly coming back if the economy begins to improve in 2009. The current slump in boat sales will change how they market their products and services. There will be more use of the Internet, discounting of prices, increasing advertising budgets, and increasing product features as they relate to sustainability trends. Technology will continue to improve, particularly in stitching and hot and dielectric welding. Fabricators see raw material prices remaining high compared to the past (before 2007). Like fabric manufacturers, they see more fabric being sourced outside of the U.S. They also feel that their industry will continue to have a hard time finding skilled craftspeople for custom work.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.