A clear vision

January 1st, 2015

Charlene and Chandler Clark, owners of Signature CanvasMakers in Hampton, Va., are always careful to protect their clear vinyl windows throughout the fabrication and installation processes. “If we are working with a product that does not have a scratch-resistant coating, we will spray the glass with a protectant prior to working with it,” Charlene Clark […]

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What is trending on the water

January 1st, 2015

New acrylic-fabric options, customer color preferences and quilted cushion covers may not be trending heavily on Twitter this week, but in shops around the country, marine fabricators are noticing a changing tide in customers’ custom preferences. Game-changing new products don’t come along every year, but the custom boat-upholstery industry is steadily affected by gradual changes […]

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New Product Showcase 2015

January 1st, 2015

Marine Fabricator’s compilation of products to help you create profit-producing projects. Information was submitted by manufacturers and suppliers by the established deadline. Business-management software My-Villages’ DockMaster 8.0 software automates all of a marine business’ activities—such as inventory, service and repair, billing, customer relationship management, boat sales, transient reservations and more—in one platform. The program allows […]

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Miami boat show docks at new slip

January 1st, 2015

Hosted by Progressive Insurance, the Miami International Boat Show will move to the historic Miami Marine Stadium in 2016 and 2017. The 6,566-seat stadium, which had been closed for some 20 years, is the only stadium in the United States built for the purpose of watching powerboat races. It has been named a “historic national […]

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BoatUS offers discounts for military personnel

January 1st, 2015

BoatUS offers discounts for military personnel BoatUS offers discounts for military personnel The Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS) is offering military personnel serving active duty, in the reserve or National Guard 10 percent off its water towing services, as well as half-price membership dues of $15. With the discount, BoatUS Towing Services […]

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SureShade system awarded patent

January 1st, 2015

Philadelphia-based SureShade, designer and manufacturer of retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry, has been awarded a U.S. patent for its “manually operated boat canopy system” currently marketed to the recreational boating industry as the SureShade MTF (manual tele-frame) retractable boat shade. The patent allows SureShade to be the only retractable boat shade manufacturer in […]

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Outboards lead boating resurgence

January 1st, 2015

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), outboard boats—which include pontoons, fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, as well as small family cruisers—are the most popular boats sold, capturing 84 percent of the powerboat market. Sales were up 4.7 percent in 2013. Ski and wakeboard boats are also seeing a resurgence, up 11 percent. About […]

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Foulkes new tech chief at Brunswick

January 1st, 2015

David M. Foulkes, vice president of product development, engineering and racing at Mercury Marine, will take on added responsibilities as the company’s new chief technology officer. Mercury Marine is Brunswick’s largest operating segment. Foulkes has been with Mercury Marine since 2007 and previously spent 18 years with Ford Motor Co. He also has worked with […]

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Boaters, anglers seek changes to saltwater fishery laws

January 1st, 2015

More than 200 leaders in the recreational fishing and boating industries are seeking congressional support for key policy changes to saltwater recreational fisheries management. The changes would be reflected in the pending reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (1976), the primary law governing federal saltwater fisheries management. The National Marine Manufacturers Association […]

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Nautique wins honors

January 1st, 2015

Nautique Boat Co.’s Super Air Nautique G23 was chosen as WakeWorld online magazine’s Riders Choice Wakeboarding Boat of the Year and also WakeWorld’s first Wakesurfing Boat of the Year. Last year WakeWorld readers selected the Orlando, Fla.-based company’s Super Air Nautique G23 as Boat of the Year and the Nautique Surf System as Innovation of […]

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