SeaCanvas, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
This project, which won the Alex Bell New Member Award and an Award of Excellence in the full exterior sailboat 27 feet and up category, both part of the 2009 MFA Awards, involved the design of a dodger and bimini for a bluewater sailboat. In November 2006, Alex Bell of Mariner Canvas Co., New Bern, N.C., a beloved member of MFA, passed away unexpectedly. The MFA renamed the New Member Award in his memory. The project included traditional dodger design with the highest quality stainless steel tubing. The design called for a three-frame, 1 14-inch stainless steel bimini frame and two frame, 1-inch stainless steel dodger frame. The purpose is to provide protection from everyday elements, including bluewater on deck. The client request included strong frame design and easy-care fabric.