New Product Showcase 2015

Published On: January 1, 2015Categories: Products

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 boat yards, marinas, service companies and other marine businesses to move hardware, software and data into the cloud. Companies do not have to purchase and maintain a local server, incur IT consultant expenses or perform regular data backups. DockMaster 8.0 is also available for local installation, allowing customers to store their data onsite if they choose.

Features include:

  • Easy-to-read graphical dashboards and improved overall navigation
  • Enhanced scheduling
  • Better spell-checking
  • Enhanced print management
  • Improved integrated email communication
  • Improved multitasking
  • Better workflow management
  • Seamless connectivity to off-site cloud data storage
  • The option to store data locally instead of in the cloud

Marine water heater


Whale’s S360EW is an electric-only 12-volt three-gallon water heater unique to the marine industry. Lightweight, compact, fast heat up and easy to install, the water heater is for use on outboards and smaller boats where access to power or space can be restricted. The water heater connects to a 12-volt power supply, eliminating any need for a generator, inverter or shore power.

Energy storage


The Freedom SW series inverter/charger from XANTREX is a 230VAC/50Hz combination inverter, battery charger and transfer switch designed to provide fully automatic electrical power management for commercial and recreational applications including caravans, boats and trucks. When connected to an external source of AC power, the unit allows the energy to pass through and directly power connected equipment like televisions, microwave ovens, entertainment systems, computers, washers/dryers and refrigerators and uses surplus power to recharge vehicle or boat batteries. When the external site power is disconnected, the unit automatically inverts DC battery power into AC power to continue providing a steady stream of AC electrical current. Available in two models (2,500 continuous watts with 65-amp charging, and 3,400 continuous watts with 90-amp charging) the Freedom SW 230VAC offers parallel stacking capability to double the power output. Built-in Generator Support Mode (requires automatic generator state) enables the Freedom SW to supplement an onboard generator when AC loads exceed the generator’s capacity. Both models feature a two times continuous power surge rating providing up to 6,800 watts for the necessary start-up power of demanding appliances, and are fully compatible with optional accessories such as the System Control Panel and the Automatic Generator Start.

Grommet press

Photo by Venmark International

The ClipsShop CSTEP-2 Hand Grommet Press is designed for heavy-duty use where automated equipment isn’t required. It provides a force-advantaged lever with a foam handle and an adjustable stop and can accommodate grommets #XX00 and larger. It also features an alignment fixture that has a roller bearing slide with high-contrast English-metric graduations, a knurled thumbscrew for adjustment and an adjustable table. The GrommetSniper Alignment Fixture is a rigid fence that lets users uniformly locate the distance between grommets from 2 to 24 inches (50 to 620mm) to center and application depth from 3 inches to center.

Pivot screwdriver


BLACK+DECKER’s 4-volt MAX* Lithium Pivot Screwdriver is ideal for DIY projects. The handle rotates 90 degrees to allow for either pistol-grip or inline orientations. The driver features an over-molded handle and an ergonomic finger grip. Also included is a micro USB wall charger that supplies a 400-milliamp charge rate. The screwdriver accepts any micro USB-to-USB charging cable and can be charged from a variety of ports, including a computer with a USB outlet. The screwdriver is equipped with a bit holder and a kit of popular accessories, including bits, screws, nails and hooks and wire for picture frame and décor hanging. The lithium battery holds a charge for up to 18 months.

Phifertex outdoor fabrics

Phifer’s Phifertex Outdoor Fabrics can be used to create a unique outdoor seating collection, complete with the look of upholstered indoor furniture. Phifertex sling fabrics work for wrapped furniture, a new method by which fabric is wrapped around the frames of outdoor furniture. GeoBella is Phifer’s line of high-end, performance cushion fabrics made from recycled yarns. These 100 percent recyclable furniture fabrics mirror the comfort of indoor furniture yet have the stability, strength and durability needed for high-traffic applications. Phifertex fabrics are an option for outdoor seating, combining comfort and high performance. Quick-drying and moisture-wicking, Phifertex is woven to endure extreme weather conditions and is fade resistant. These fabrics are also naturally stain resistant and easy to clean, even with bleach.

SheerWeave Infinity 2


This full basket-weave fabric is the newest in the sustainable Infinity2 line of 100 percent recyclable, PVC- and lead-free shade fabrics. Infinity2’s yarn coating is developed from the same compound family as its core yarn, the only core yarn—synthetic or natural—that is born out of post-industrial waste by-product. Infinity2 offers a thinner, more lightweight fabric over its predecessor, SheerWeave Infinity, for an overall improved look and easier fabrication.

SheerWeave Style 7500


With an improved hand and aesthetic qualities, Style 7500 is a PVC-free polyester blackout fabric; suitable for roller shade and panel track systems.

Contract Line
& 2014-15 additions


Designed specifically for the commercial and hospitality segments of the outdoor furniture industry, and available in 16 colors, these PVC fabrics are constructed to withstand extreme weather conditions and are maintenance-free. Phifertex Contract fabrics are for sling applications and can be used in awning, umbrella and new exterior fabric applications.

Banner fabric

Herculite Products launches a high-performance curl-free banner fabric with a black back. Bantex 10-ounce BLACKBACK Curl Free is a single-sided banner media with a five-year guarantee against edge curl for high-end printing applications. The fabric was developed for advertising banners with single-side printing on the front side and a matte black reverse. The fabric is available in 36-, 54- and 72-inch boxes and rolls.

PVC screen sheets


Solarscreen PPS flexible PVC screen sheets from Vicar International protect marine interiors from UVA and UVB rays while maintaining visibility. The sheets maintain a soft hand while offering heat weldability, mildew resistance and the ability to withstand severe weather conditions. Sheets are black on one side and white on the other. Solarscreen passes both the FMVSS-302 flammability test and most specifications for plastic convertible top windows.

Polyester Thread


Vicar International’s size #138 UVR Aqualon bonded-polyester thread is available in 1-pound units in white, black and beaver, as well as 15 colors in 8-ounce cones. Available sizes include #92 and #138. Aqualon threads are suitable for numerous marine and sail applications.



Eliminate bobbin winding, increase production and produce less waste with the pre-wound Star Ultra Dee 92 G and M-type bobbins. Constructed from 100 percent bonded polyester, the bobbin offers sewability and a precision wind. The UV-resistant, mildew-resistant and pre-wound thread is treated with liquid resin, cured and lubricated. Bonding prevents fraying at the cut end and helps resist untwisting.Bobbins are available in black, white and beaver in either G or M style.

Marine flooring


Luna hybrid marine flooring is constructed of woven PVC and polypropylene yarns. The low-profile pattern will not mat or crush over time. Naturally stain-resistant, Luna’s dense urethane foam backing provides added cushion under foot. UV-stabilized yarns offer protection against fading degradation and mold/mildew. Available in four colors at 102 inches wide.

Automatic cutters


Lectra’s Vector range of automatic soft-material cutters features anti-error devices to simplify and accelerate production; intuitive touch-control technology to quickly optimize production settings;
real-time alerts and 120 embedded sensors to monitor cutting in
real-time; and buffer zones between cuts that are virtually
zero, enabling material savings of up to five percent (compared with market best standards).


The Pennsylvania Thread Co. presents two new products in its Solar Thread II line: Lucent (clear) thread is now available in sizes #92 and #138 on 16-ounce spools for double-needle machines. The thread features an “S” twist.

Handheld 3D scanner


The NVision handheld scanner captures 3D geometry from objects of almost any size or shape. The scanner is attached to a mechanical arm that moves about the object, freeing the user to capture data with a high degree of resolution and accuracy. As a part is inspected, the scanner generates a point cloud consisting of millions of points each with x,y,z coordinates and i,j,k vectors. Integrated software converts the point cloud to an STL polygon, and an optional tripod provides complete portability. Intuitive software allows real-time rendering, full model editing, polygon reduction and data output to all standard 3D packages.

Furniture fabrics


Chella Textiles’ Linen Tweed mimics the luxurious dry hand of linen. Available in eight hues, this indoor/outdoor fabric is lightfast, resists mildew and stains and is machine washable. Medallion is a traditional motif updated with sophisticated calligraphic lines rendered in metallic yarns that is both produced from recycled materials and recyclable. It is sustainable, lightfast, resists mildew and stains and is machine washable. Facet in Kiwi uses a multicolored weave technique that deflects light to create a faceted jewel-like effect with a metallic glint. Quicksilver in Passione incorporates three yarns—one thick, one thin, one shiny—in both warp and weft directions to create a soft fabric with an edgy chain-link optic. Tussah in Alabaster has a three-color trié warp and a boucle yarn in the weft that blend to create a sophisticated yet subtle texture. Sketchbook Floral in Ink is a reversible, 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic fabric for throw pillows, drapes or accents indoors or out. And Dashing is a 100 percent solution dyed acrylic fabric with a permanent pleat created by weaving one warp shorter than the other causing a “scrunch” or pleat as it
is woven.

Outdoor fabric


Safety Components’ WeatherMAX fabric can be customized to meet particular requirements, specific applications or markets. It is designed primarily for awning and marine applications, but its high UV resistance is useful in a wide variety of outdoor applications. Designed to be watertight and breathable, it features a HydroMax finish for water repellency and mildew resistance.

Hand riveter

Manart-Hirsch Industrial Hand Riveter offers one-handed operation with normal squeezing action to provide enough pulling power to set all popular size rivets. 2-1 adjustment features a single long stroke for most hand riveting applications and a short “ratchet action” power stroke for setting larger diameter rivets. The outside jaw-grip adjustment wheel opens and closes jaws to fit any size mandrel and to obtain stroke efficiency. It is ideal for reaching into corners and recessed areas. Three nose pieces—1/8 inch, 5/32 inch and 3/16 inch—are included with the tool and store in the handle. The riveter features heavy-duty all-steel construction; easy to install replacement jaws are available.

2D/3D Design and product development software

Lectra’s DesignConcept 3D software allows users to design simple or complex 3D virtual models and easily flatten them into accurate 2D pattern shapes, obtain photo-realistic renderings, define product specifications, conduct feasibility analyses, develop prototypes ready for cutting, and estimate the total cost of manufacturing.