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 …

Helm enclosure project brings new forward and aft biminis

March 1, 2010

Admiral Marine Canvas, Baltimore, MD. The aim of this project, which won a 2010 MFA Award of Excellence in the rigid enclosures category, was to complete an EZ2CY helm enclosure with new forward and aft biminis and EZ2CY aft enclosure with a new windshield cover. There are two main forward facing windows with a vertical …

Three-year-old boat finally gets it dodger

SeaCanvas, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. This project, which won a 2010 MFA Outstanding Achievement Award in the dodger category, helped a three-year-old boat get that all-important dodger that it never had. A traditional dodger design with triangle side windows and roll-up forward window; aft stanchions support the framework. Zippered pockets and an aft zipper on …

Removable windows offer full zip-in screens

SeaCanvas, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. A traditional dodger design, which won a 2010 MFA Outstanding Achievement Award in the dodger category, utilized the Rainier Diamond Series windows for the three front windows. Windows are removable, while still keeping the dodger top up and connected to the bimini. Full zip-in screens to help shade the cockpit. …

One-piece dodger offers maximum view

Mariner Canvas Company, New Bern, N.C. This project, which won a 2010 MFA Award of Excellence in the dodger category, is a large, one-piece dodger with maximum view. The solid, self-supporting frame is made of heavy-gauge stainless steel and includes four stanchions, outside side grab bars, aft grab rail and stainless steel rivets securing all …

Dodger and bimini designed for height restrictions

Bennett Custom Canvas Inc., Toronto, Ontario The title of this project is Misty Isle, a dodger and step bimini for a C&C 35. The project won a 2010 MFA Award of Distinction and an Award of Excellence in the tops 27 feet and up category. This customer has been restoring his boat for five years …

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Getting results from marketing efforts

Traditional tactics yield results, but so do the web and social media. By Marc Hequet Recession’s rough seas haven’t changed Jeri Perillo’s marketing approach: word of mouth is her best marketing tool—that and her website. Business is changing, but tried-and-true marketing tactics still work. “We’ve pretty much stuck to our plan and we’re doing pretty …

Tax breaks for computer equipment

By Mark E. Battersby In the not so distant past, marine fabricators spent hundreds of hours or large amounts of money hiring a programmer to customize an accounting system for their shops. Fortunately, the days of cumbersome, manual systems are long past, and today there are a number of affordable and full-featured software packages that …