Sunbrella introduces Richard Frinier Origins collection

January 23, 2013

Sunbrella products that feature recycled content continue to expand with the latest addition from home furnishings designer Richard Frinier. His newest creation for Sunbrella, Origins’, takes advantage of the rich surface texture and mottled color ways that are making Sunbrella Renaissance fabrics popular with the design trade and consumers. The Sunbrella Renaissance family of recycled …

NMMA, MRAA contribute $10,000 to New Jersey Recovery & Relief Fund

January 10, 2013

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) today announced a joint donation of $10,000 to the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ)’s Recovery & Relief Fund to provide aid to recreational marine businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. NMMA estimates that the recreational boating industry creates $1.6 billion …

Made in the shade

January 1, 2013

A decade ago, shading on boats was relegated to permanent or semi-permanent structures. Marine fabricators, however, started to experiment with removable shade structures, and boaters got on board. “With all the concern about sun exposure and skin cancer, shade tops have really come to the forefront of people’s minds,” says Keith Purves of Riverside Covers …

Cruising on the web

Everyone has a website these days. Right? You don’t? Cheer up. In a way, even if you don’t have a website, you’re in the same boat with a lot firms that do. Many people, hosting a web presence or not, are still trying to figure out how to design and maintain a site that actually …

Applying binding cutouts

At Hood Canvas, we use binders large and small in all our canvas fabrications. Some fabricators we know apply smaller edge bindings around corners by hand and get excellent results. Every shop has its method of applying edge bindings around cutouts, but it can be difficult, especially for new fabricators. In this article we are …

Patterning a cushion for the perfect fit

At Kennedy Custom Upholstery, we make cushions in every size and shape and for every use. And they all start with a good pattern. Some customers want to just drop off their old cushions for the fabricator to use as the template for the new ones, but for the most control over the result it …

First contact with customers

That first transaction with a new customer is all-important. It can cement the new relationship and lead to a lifetime of mutually profitable sales—if it’s managed right. That first transaction might be big or small, in-person or online. It might involve a purchase or it might center on a freebie. Make each first contact count …

States implement boating legislation

Texas recently required all Texas boaters born on or after Sept. 1, 1993, and operating personal watercraft, motor vessels with 15 or more horsepower, or wind-powered vessels greater than 14 feet to have mandatory boater safety education. Now the BoatUS Foundation’s no-cost online boating safety course has been approved by Texas Parks and Wildlife and …

NMMA appeals E15 ruling

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) recently filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit requesting a review of the court’s August 2012 ruling on E15 that dismissed the association’s challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s waiver allowing E15 to be sold. NMMA and a coalition of industry groups representing …

FTC releases ‘Green Guide’

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a new “Green Guide” for marketing and advertising. If your company makes environmental claims in your ads or on your products, you’ll want to know about the FTC’s guides. A summary of the guides explains how truth-in-advertising principles apply to green marketing and highlights terms often used in …