Win big with Xtreme Seal’s Xtreme Deal

March 25, 2010

Xtreme Seal is offering to marine fabricators a chance to win two roundtrip airline tickets to San Diego, Calif., for the 2011 Marine Fabricators Association National Convention, and two complimentary passes to the convention’s exhibit hall. For each roll of Xtreme Seal purchased by a fabricator, they will receive one grand prize, online entry, which …

Safety Components new WeatherMax Distributor

March 18, 2010

Innovative Industrial Solutions Inc. (IIS) is a full-service distributor that serves the awning, marine, sign, billboard and banner markets. IIS now carries Safety Components WeatherMax 80, Weathermax LT and fire-retardant WeatherMax FR. Utilizing tightly-woven, solution-dyed SaturaMax yarns, UV-resistant WeatherMax has unmatched dimensional stability and is guaranteed to retain its color for at least five years. …

American Boating Congress registration now open

March 11, 2010

Online registration for the 2010 American Boating Congress (ABC), May 5-6, is now open. ABC is the recreational boating industry’s premier legislative conference, bringing industry leaders to Washington, DC, to help formulate public policy and present a unified front on issues that impact marine businesses. The conference offers attendees an opportunity to discuss and learn …

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Cut your own Velcro strips

March 1, 2010

Customize widths, eliminate clutter and save money by cutting Velctro strips. Problem Stocking all sizes, colors and styles of Velcro is costly and space prohibitive. Solution Make a simple Velcro slitter to customize 2-inch Velcro to any width. You can easily customize the Velcro into 1/2-inch, 1-inch and 1 1/2-inch strips by placing the razor …

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Making an upholstery pattern

You got the upholstery job on the customer’s boat, and the new material is in the shop. All you have to do now is make the patterns. You may be doing a restoration of an older boat, and your customer wants it to look like it did in its glory days. This can be the …

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Fabricating a bimini top visor

In our shop, we fabricate bimini top visors to a finished width of 2 1/2 inches. The actual finished width a particular shop uses does not matter for the purpose of this article. Visors are a relatively basic component in the fabrication of all tops that require the attachment of another top or enclosure panel. …

MAS chooses U.S. sales representation

Epoxy supplier MAS Products appointed Composite Systems Integrators (CSI) to represent the company’s product line. CSI headquarters lie in Woodbury, Minn. The company specializes in sales representation and technical support for composite products manufacturers. MAS supplies composite products to manufacturers, yards and dealers. Products include resins, epoxies, hardeners, adhesives and solvent replacements.

In remembrance: Arthur Alden Osborne

Arthur Alden “Artie” Osborne, 77, died Jan. 23 in his home surrounded by family. Osborne, a member of the Marine Fabricators Association, was a lifelong resident of Sunapee, N.H., and a U.S. Army veteran. In his life, Osborne took over Osborne’s Garage and Marine, the family business, which eventually became known as Sunapee Canvas Works. …

Job-creating strategies for marine industry

A new report finds that economic prosperity increases with manufacturing. However, pro-growth policies are required to create jobs and remain globally competitive. The future of the boating industry is dependent on the acceleration and strengthening of manufacturing production in the United States. The report, “Manufacturing Resurgence—A Must for U.S. Prosperity,” was released on Jan. 21 …

New Rowley catalog

The 2010 Rowley Co. catalog includes more than 400 new items for designing, fabricating and installing home décor items. Prices have been lowered on more than 150 items. Request catalogs at