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Choosing the right zippers

January 1, 2008

Compiled by Juli Case Question: Due to the weather and saltwater in Florida, we use a plastic #10 separating zipper with locking pulls. The locking pulls give our installers and customers difficulty. The pin drags and sticks. We use a popular brand and have tried a non-locking pull from another supplier, but that didn’t work. …

Human resources dos and don’ts (Part 1 of 3)

Recruitment, reference checks and record keeping. By Kay Robinson This is the first of three consecutive articles about human resources basics. In this issue, Kay Robinson, SPHR, Director of Human Resources Consulting Services with RSM McGladrey, discusses the dos and don’ts of recruitment, reference checks and record keeping. This article should not be construed as …

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Semi-rigid windows offer profitable opportunities

It didn’t take long for Jeri Perillo to get hooked on working with semi-rigid windows and enclosures. Perillo’s company, Custom Canvas of Charleston in North Charleston, S.C., installed its first semi-rigid enclosure four years ago on a boat at the request of Rainier Windows. Custom Canvas started fabricating the windows for Tiara yachts, and other …

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Cash in on classic boat upholstery

Restoring the interior of a classic boat begins by knowing when “nearly perfect” is just fine and when it is a dismal failure. Knowing the difference and educating your customers is the first order of business in any upholstery restoration project. “Our members who are interested in showing their boat—even winning a ‘best of’ category …

Vinyl line combines bold colors with exotic textures

Exotica, a new vinyl line from SilverState Fabrics, combines bold colors with exotic textures to form a racy new covering suitable for multiple applications, including marine. The 14 patterns and 162 SKUs are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and one new polyurethane. The Exotica line is stain-resistant, cleanable, and double rubs range from 30,000 to …

Retractable canvas boat top offers variety of mounting options

SureShade™, a power-driven, retractable canvas boat top, is available from Rodan Enterprises. Patent-pending SureShade’s telescoping tubes extend horizontally by pushing a button, providing shade without obstructive poles. SureShade offers a variety of mounting options for radar arches, flybridges, towers, t-tops and hard tops. Widths and extension lengths can be customized, and Rodan Enterprises provides product …

Staple-in tube designed for marine applications

Astrup now offers the Steel Stitch™ Round Staple-in Tube designed for marine applications. The bright dip anodized round staple-in tube has a polished look, maximum corrosion resistance, and can be used for biminis, boat tops and other marine applications. The 1-¼-inch round channel opening is the same width as all Steel Stitch extrusions, so it’s …

Tower system introduced for hardtop boats

Taylor Made Systems introduced the Integrated Tower System (ITS) for hardtop boats. Initially designed to combine wakeboard towers and windshields, the ITS Hardtop incorporates a Taylor Made windshield with a welded wing section. Wake-Tek joints are attached to the top of the wings and secure the hardtop. The unit is equally as stable, strong and …

Folding arm awnings installed on luxury cruise

East Coast Shade Design installed a folding arm awning onto a $3.5 million Princess cruiser. The low-profile cassetted awning blended with the rest of the Princess V65’s design. Components including resilient acrylic fabric, stainless steel fitting and powder-coated aluminum were used in the awning design. SOURCE East Coast Shade Design

Marine prep kit includes vinyl product cleaner and protectant

CMI introduced NBT Marine Prep Kit, a vinyl product cleaner and protectant. CMI will equip all its NBT Marine products with the new prep kit. Instructions are included with a two-ounce bottle of V-Clean all-purpose vinyl cleaner and several NBT Marine Clean foil wipes. NBT Marine vinyl products contain active nano agents that kill and …