Captain’s log updates

September 1, 2015

On this lazy, hazy summer day in August, it seems like a good time to “clear off the spike,” as we used to say in the newspaper biz, and check back on a couple of items we mentioned in the not-too-distant past. In May, Alayna Wool de Tecu, daughter of longtime Marine Fabricators Association member …

Camo acrylic-coated polyester

Marlen Textiles has partnered with TrueTimber to offer Conceal Brown camouflage pattern in its premium acrylic-coated polyester fabric, Top Gun. Top Gun offers strength, durability, tear and abrasion resistance, dimensional stability and UV and mildew resistance.

Cushion security issues

I love going to boat shows, especially to investigate how all of the new boats keep their cushions attached. Traditionally cushions were snapped or screwed through boat rails and/or secured via T-nuts or spider bolts to wood bases. Now there are such options as ridged plastic Velcro found in industrial-supplies stores. Meanwhile, top-of-the-line vessels push …

Bringing back Acania

Faithful restoration brings back the style of the roaring ’20s. Back in the 1920s and ’30s, large, luxurious cruising yachts were status symbols—often produced for the wealthy who sought to entertain and delight their guests in these elaborate vessels. When built, they earned accolades aplenty—even The New York Times published articles touting the ordering and …

Summer-inspired fabric

Emphasizing combinations of blue and green, Phifer’s new Summer Myrtle collection offers deep peacock and spring green in a lively color grouping. The collection from Phifer’s Designed Fabrics features 100 percent recyclable GeoBella® Cushion Fabrics and sleek, sling Phifertex® Outdoor Fabrics. Made from recycled yarns, GeoBella indoor/outdoor performance fabrics offer the soft texture of indoor …

Working with pattern angles

This article is a preview of our hands-on presentation at the Marine Fabricators Conference this coming Jan. 14-16 in Clearwater, Fla. I want to talk about manipulation of pattern angles for both better quality and less time spent patterning. I will attempt to simplify and not talk about one-step patterns here. Most really large jobs …