MarChem CFI appoints Northeast regional sales rep

September 23, 2011

MarChem CFI named Laurie Moers as its Northeast regional sales representative. Moers is responsible for generating demand for the company’s products at user level, contacting canvas shops, awning shops, distributors and OEM’s who use fabrics. She brings more than 20 years in the textile industry to her new post, having positions with Dillon Yarn and, …

USCG seeks feedback on boating accident reporting

September 15, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comment on a National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) recommendation that requires recreational vessel operators to turn their engine off if a swimmer is in the water in close proximity to the rear of the vessel, as well as other ideas to reduce casualties caused by propeller strikes …

IBEX 2011 introduces Green Marine Route

September 8, 2011

The 2011 International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) is entering into cleaner waters with the introduction of the Green Marine Route, a new component of the show for eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable boating innovation. “As the marine industry has seen an evolution to new, more efficient, and cleaner building processes, methods and materials, we felt …

LED light bar

September 1, 2011

The Magnalight LEDPB10W-80X2E LED light bar produces a 6,880-lumen beam that reaches over 750 feet in usable length and can illuminate reflective objects at even greater distances. A Lexan lens protects its dual rows of LEDs. The bar is waterproof to three meters and resistant to damage from impacts, shocks and vibrations. It can withstand …

Barnacle remover

Barnacle Buster safely and easily dissolves scale, barnacles, zebra mussels, calcium, rust, lime and other mineral deposits. It can be used to de-scale heat exchangers, air conditioning systems, outdrives, outboards and anywhere marine growth is found. It is available in ready-to-use or concentrated forms, in 1-quart and 1-gallon bottles, 5-gallon pails, 55-gallon drums and 250-gallon …

Noise reduction material

Acoustiblok reduces unwanted noises, including those from the boat’s engine wall, engine cover and gas tank cover. The viscoelastic polymer material has a high-density mineral content, making it heavy and yet extremely flexible. As sound waves cause the material to flex, internal friction occurs and the acoustical energy is dissipated. All-weather panels withstand water, humid …

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How to choose interior and upholstery fabric

Boat interior and upholstery work runs the gamut from utilitarian deck cushions on recreational boats to high-fashion staterooms on yachts with round-the-clock climate control. Regardless, fabrics used inside any boat are still in the marine environment and benefit from having the performance characteristics found in exterior fabrics, such as resistance to UV exposure, mildew and …

Boat market is improving

GE Capital Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) issued its 2011 mid-season marine industry update. “We are generally pleased with the year-to-date results across the nation, despite challenging regional weather conditions and an overall “mixed” macro-economic climate,” wrote Bruce Van Wagoner, managing director of the marine division at CDF, in the report. “Wholesale shipments in units are …

MarChem CFI products in space

A team of students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison won NASA’S 2011 Space Habitat Competition, the eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge, to design and build a space habitat. Fabric manufacturer MarChem CFI donated its Odyssey IV fabric, a flame-retardant version of its Odyssey III fabric, to the project. According to the judges, the Wisconsin …

Outdura earns Oeko-Tex certification

Outdura Corp. earned Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification, one of the best-known and most successful labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. The test criteria and the related test methods for certification are standardized on an international level and are widely included as guidance in terms and conditions of purchase and delivery. “The Oeko-Tex label is …