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Shop talk with Greg Smith and Tom Matson of Afton Marina & Yacht Club

March 1, 2013

What unique design elements are built into your products? We fabricate high-end marine canvas and upholstery. We use only the highest quality products in our tops and enclosures, and our workmanship is second to none. What other products, other than marine products, do you produce? We will do work on anything that comes through our …

Scholarship applications now open

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation’s 2013 scholarship program—including one dedicated to studies in marine fabrication—is now accepting applications. To qualify for the MFA Member Scholarship award, applicants must be employed by or related to an employee of a Marine Fabricators Association member company. The deadline for application is May 17, 2013. Foundation scholarships provide access to …

Leadership Council to address priorities

In December 2012, approximately 30 marine dealers, distributors, retailers, manufacturers, trade associations, publishers, and government agencies, among others, met in suburban Chicago to address challenges facing the marine industry. At two previous meetings, nearly 200 industry stakeholders focused on six priority action items: attracting younger and more diverse participants to boating; supporting industry marketing efforts; …

Dustless hull-blasting system introduced

An environmentally inert combination of water and recycled bottle glass to remove paint and marine growth from boat bottoms without harming the gelcoat has been introduced by MMLJ Manufacturing of Houston, Texas. The new Dustless Hull Blasting System works in 1/10th the time as traditional techniques. Dustless blasting uses a minimal amount of water (about …

Hinckley Yachts joins digital ‘community’

Rhode Island yacht manufacturer Hinckley Co. is the first strategic partner of My-Villages’ Innovation Partner (MVIP) program, which will include a limited number of boat builders, service yards, and marine-equipment manufacturers. As the program evolves, Partners will have a direct line into the company’s product-development requirements and service capabilities. Requests from MVIPs will take priority, …

Boating sees gains in Canada

Canadian recreational boating has seen the tide turn for new boat and outboard engine sales with an estimated 13 percent increase from October 2011 through September 2012 compared to the same period the previous year, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The leading boat trend in Canada is aluminum pontoon boats, experiencing a …

Bueker to lead Keyston segment

Keyston Bros.—Roswell, Ga.-based distributors of upholstery, marine, contract, and awning materials and supplies—has named Dennis Bueker vice president of its Awning and Canvas Division. Bueker, who has spent the past two years in sales, will lead the expansion of awning and shade products across the country. He also is past-president of the Marine Fabricators Association.

MarChem CFI becomes Marlen Textiles

MarChem CFI, once a wholly owned subsidiary of St. Louis-based DASH Multi-Corp, has been spun off and is now a stand-alone entity. As part of the spin off, MarChem CFI will change its name to Marlen Textiles. The brands Top Gun, Mustang, Top Notch, Top Notch Elite, Odyssey, Vista, Softouch, Holiday, Heritage and AQUA-TITE GREEN …

Yachting Pages’ free digital directories available to download

Yachting Pages’ digital books are now available for download. Yachting Pages super-yacht directory also distributes more than 60,000 printed copies worldwide. On the directory website, three downloadable directories—covering the Mediterranean, Europe, Africa, and Middle East; the U.S., Americas, and Caribbean; and Australasia, Asia Pacific and the Far East—are available. New editions of the digital books …

Northern California Marine Association integrates with NMMA

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced the integration of the Northern California Marine Association (NCMA) and its members with NMMA. The integration comes in an effort to grow boating participation across the U.S. and expand the market for recreational boating. NCMA and its members will be part of NMMA under the recently formed NMMA …