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Shop talk with Paul’s Custom Canvas

September 1, 2013

How did your shop get started? We started as a one-man operation out of Paul Charpentier’s basement. After one year, Paul was able to move into a smaller building. We moved into our current building in 1999. What is your product focus? Our main focus is marine canvas and upholstery. What unique design elements are …

Recreational boating drives $121 billion

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports recreational boating in the United States has an annual economic value of $121 billion. At the same time, the industry employs 964,000 workers at 34,833 businesses, generates $40 billion in annual labor income and drives $83 billion in annual spending. The NMMA released these findings as part of …

Larson replaces halogens

Larson Electronics has added the LEDL-160W LED boat light to its website. The light combines 20,500 lumens and advanced optics to project more light than a 1,000-watt halogen, while drawing 85 percent fewer amps on a low-voltage circuit. The new light signals the end of the 1,000-watt halogen light common on larger vessels. Drawing only …

Stamoid at new widths

Serge Ferrari now offers Stamoid 4128 light and Stamoid 3933 at 102 inches wide. At present, only White and Snow White options are available at this width, though Stamoid light and Top also are available at 59 and 80-inch widths.

Trelleborg introduces new hovercraft skirting

Trelleborg, a Swedish-based producer of specialty polymer-coated and calendered materials including neoprene-coated polyamide fabrics and nitrile rubber-coated cotton fabrics. Among the company’s featured products is its solution for hovercraft skirts: a polyamide fabric coated on two sides with neoprene. It is engineered to cushion the weight of a hovercraft against seawater, ice and sand, while …

Phifertex sling fabrics

Phifer’s performance Phifertex outdoor fabrics feature clean lines, classic style and low-maintenance for sling chairs. The fabrics are available in an array of weaves, colors and designs—from dobbies and wicker weaves to stripes and jacquards—to easily coordinate with both traditional and contemporary outdoor decor. Quick-drying and moisture-wicking, the fabrics are constructed to withstand extreme weather …

Enduratex expands Vineyard Collection

Enduratex has introduced Roble to its Vineyard Collection. Roble delivers a leather-like fabric with rich, braided grain developed to the same performance specifications as sister Vineyard collections Crianza, Rancio and Gran Reserva. Developed to give the appearance of genuine leather from both front and back, the soft hand, micro-fiber backing and subtle grains emulate the …

Alaxi presents “Color Carnival”

Alaxi has launched a new collection called “Color Carnival.” Made from 100 percent solution-dyed Sunbrella acrylic, it is guaranteed to withstand the elements. An interpretation that hopes to capture nature at play, the collection features darting “Minnows,” “Foliage” swaying in the summer breeze and the opening of an oversized flower in “Masquerade.” The bold, graphic …

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Tax relief for equipment

Thanks to the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, managers, executives and owners who have hesitated or postponed making capital investments for their marine fabrication businesses through the recent economic downturn might now want to consider how the use of those tax incentives and others already on the books can substantially reduce the cost of …

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Eye of the needle

Bread and butter. Life blood. Members of the family. Call them what you will, industrial sewing machines are fabricators’ best friends—or, perhaps on a bad day, their worst enemies. Fabricators, manufacturers and suppliers tell us what’s new and what’s still working. Opinions abound about lubricants and thread and buying used machines. They share invaluable advice …