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Stock photo company provides images of boats

May 1, 2008

Compiled by Juli Case Question: We want to make a banner for an upcoming boat show and are in need of some professional-quality boat photos. Do you know where we can get some? Answer: The ideal scenario would be to have a professional photographer take photos of your company’s work, but that’s not always practical. …

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Flammability requirements for boat mattresses

Compiled by Juli Case Question: We have been reading a lot about new mattress flammability requirements. Do they apply to boat mattresses? Answer: The main regulation in the United States for mattresses comes through the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and those regulations have become increasingly more strict in the last few years. The particular …

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Suppliers offer lightweight ripstop fabric

Compiled by Juli Case Question: We’re looking for a very lightweight ripstop fabric, something around 20 denier. Do you know any suppliers? Answer: By its very definition, ripstop is a lightweight fabric, with heavier yarns woven in a crosshatch pattern to help prevent ripping. It’s used in such applications as hot air balloons, kites and …

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Bernhardt supplies designer upholstery materials

Compiled by Juli Case Question: We have a client specifying Bernhardt Winkraft fabric. Where do we get it? Answer: Bernhardt Design is a supplier of designer upholstery materials. Within the last couple of years they collaborated with Winkrelative to create Winkraft, a line of contemporary materials, including upholstery fabric. From what we can tell, the …

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

Policy administration, anti-harassment and best practices. By Kay Robinson This is the final article in a series about human resources basics. In this issue, Kay Robinson, SPHR, Director of Human Resources Consulting Services with RSM McGladrey, discusses policy administration, anti-harassment and best practices. This article should not be construed as legal advice. In the past …

Creating a virtual bimini

Last summer we created a “virtual” three-bow bimini frame and top from measurements taken using CAD. A 3-D bimini is modeled in CAD software using measurements taken in the field. The frame is dimensioned for specs necessary to bend the tubing. The top, created by “flattening” its 3-D surfaces to a 2-D plane, is cut …

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Strategies for choosing marine fabrics wisely

When it comes to fabric, the marine environment is unique. Moisture and dirt don’t like most fabrics, and those elements accelerate the growth of mildew, deteriorating fabrics further. Unfortunately, your customers don’t always choose the best fabric, and that’s where you, your suppliers and manufacturers come in. “A boat owner is going to be driven …

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Using track-to-track installation for enclosures

Tips and techniques from a veteran fabricator for flawless track-to-track enclosures. When using track-to-track installation for enclosures, step-by-step instructions are helpful to achieve a proper fit, which creates a high-quality-looking job. Utilizing a track-to-track technique is necessary for today’s marine fabricator. A standard “snap” enclosure may take away from the look of today’s beautiful, sleek …

Furniture weight fabrics designed for marine interiors

Glen Raven’s Sunbrella Yachting Collection of furniture weight fabrics is specifically designed for marine interiors and other fabric applications for powerboat owners and sailors. The line features yarn colors and textures that produce fabrics with a sophisticated style and a classic marine look and feel. The Yachting Collection is collaborated with OEMs, marine fabricators and …

Marine grade vinyl available in leopard print

Great Lakes Fabrics distributes Leopard, a custom printed marine-grade vinyl with a hair-like texture embossed on the surface. This vinyl is ideal for marine, snowmobile, commercial and residential applications. It’s scratch resistant to 30,000 rubs with #8 duck, is cold-crack rated at minus 25 degrees, and meets flammability specifications. Colors include black/white and brow/tan. SOURCE …