Cutting tips for semi-rigid enclosures

January 1st, 2010

Semi-rigid enclosures have become a growing market over the past 10 years. The majority of these enclosures are bonded panels that are fabricated by EZ2CY and Rainier Industries. These enclosures are usually sold to the upper tier of boat owners and are generally out of reach, price wise, for the average customer. In recent years, […]

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Estimating for sales and profits

January 1st, 2010

The quality of your estimates has an impact on your bottom line. By Shelby Gonzalez Estimating job costs is one of the cornerstone skills of running a successful marine fabrication business. The more accurately you can estimate the amount of labor and materials a given job will require, the better the job will go, and […]

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Antimicrobial fabric retains bright white colors

January 1st, 2010

New Agion fabrics fight odors using silver-based technology, while retaining bright white colors. Previously, white fabrics discolored when treated with antimicrobial silver technologies. The new treatment is applied during the last stage of the finishing process, which prevents discoloration and allows for more efficient processing. SOURCE Agion

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Lightweight waterproof fabric protects against the elements

January 1st, 2010

Weathertyte Lite, a lightweight, 11-ounce fabric from Cooley Group, protects against mold, mildew, salt and the sun. The waterproof fabric, offered in 74-inch widths, can be digitally printed, providing custom design options for boat covers and bimini tops. Available in six colors, the fabric comes with a five-year warranty. SOURCE Cooley Group

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American-made grommets and washers available in various sizes

January 1st, 2010

American-made grommets and washers from DOT Fasteners come in a range of sizes and styles. DOT grommets and washers are manufactured with harsh environments in mind. All grommets and washers fully comply with military specifications and meet requirements for the Berry Amendment. SOURCE DOT Fasteners

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Side mounts designed for retrofitting

January 1st, 2010

Split-jaw design of the expanded line of side mounts from Gemini Products results in speedy installations of retrofits. The cast frame fittings offer ample hand room behind grab rail and fabric and are useful in bimini and dodger applications. Each order is shipped with a Phillips head screw and two nylon washers. SOURCE Gemini Products

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Soft, colorfast vinyl for easy fabrication

January 1st, 2010

Riviera Marine Fabric from Herculite provides a soft hand for easy fabrication. The vinyl, made in America, features a topcoat for prolonged fabric life and ease of cleaning. Colorfast, waterproof and mildew-resistant, the fabric is suited for a variety of marine applications and comes with a five-year limited warranty. SOURCE Herculite

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No-crimp tubing connectors create secure pole extensions

January 1st, 2010

A no-crimp tubing connector from Intermold Corp. eliminates the need to ship long support poles for boat covers. The press-fit connection offered by the connector creates secure, rigid pole extensions. The connector, molded from high-strength nylon, joins sections of 3/4-inch tubing with the use of a hammer. SOURCE Intermold Corp.

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Corrosion-proof keder track available in various colors

January 1st, 2010

The “C” channel provides a corrosion-proof method of attachment for hemcord and keder-edged fabrics. The PVC plastic track bends within a 15-inch radius and is available in various colors and profiles. Hemcords for panel fabrication are also available. SOURCE Island Extrusion

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