Precontraint® 502 Satin

July 1, 2016

Precontraint® 502 Satin flexible composite material is now available through Serge Ferrari North America and Trivantage. Precontraint 502 Satin is an evolution of the classic version of Precontraint 502. Precontraint 502 Satin has a satin finish, compared to the classic version’s glossy finish, and a new PVDF topcoat on both sides for long-term dirt resistance. …

Windows on the water

Product knowledge and best practices lead to stunning results and happy customers. Whether on the lake in a trusty fishing vessel or soaking up ocean views from a luxury yacht, boat owners want the best windows for their crafts. Product manufacturers, distributors and fabricators have great material options to meet their customers’ marine window goals. …

Shock-mitigating pedestal system

The Taco® Marine Low Profile Seaspension® Shock-Mitigating Pedestal System has received a 2016 Top Product Award from Boating Industry magazine. Seaspension’s patented design absorbs shock and vibration to prevent pounding on passengers’ backs and legs. Because typical pedestals are rigid, they transfer wave jolts directly to the seats and people sitting in seats. Seaspension is …

10 tips to build cash

If you are a marine fabricator who lives in a cold climate, you need to make the most of warm months when customers are motivated to get their boats in tip top condition. Those warm months are when you can expect a healthy infusion of cash, but that cash has to be carefully budgeted for …

Kayak cleats

The Quick Cleat™ Kayak Cleat is a fast way to secure solid, braided 1/4- to 3/16-inch lines on a kayak deck or canoe gunnel, without knots. The durable design is low profile and easy to install, and it quickly secures a line in seconds. Just drop a line into the rope slot and release. Optional …

The art of project management on contour cushions

Marine fabricators are a unique group of craftspeople and business owners. Many of us are familiar with the notion that creative pursuits are right-brain activities, while math and logic are left-brain activities. As marine fabricators, we utilize the right sides of our brains for design solutions that meet customers’ aesthetic and practical expectations. At the …

In praise of grit

Many readers of Marine Fabricator are business owners. Whether you own a business or work for someone, you regularly encounter obstacles that need to be solved to meet your obligations. Problem solving often requires great persistence or a quality known as grit—the resourcefulness and mental toughness to complete a task, despite frustrations and setbacks. Speaking …

Competitive edge through technology

New software and hardware help fabricators find new efficiencies. Efficiency and consistent quality are two factors that marine fabricators consider before investing in technology. In addition, the marine industry—and consumers in general—look for customized solutions to meet their unique design needs. Marine fabricators can look to several companies for solutions to improve their production processes. …

Zipper repairs

FixnZip® can repair zippers without needles, threads and tools. FixnZip is eco-friendly and can be taken off one item and used for another. The slider parts are made of nickel-plated zinc die cast, and the spring and thumbscrew are made of stainless steel. Available in small, medium and large, FixnZip can be used on a …

Rub rail kits

Packaged with one-piece flexible or semi-rigid continuous coils in seven sizes and profiles, the Taco® Marine rub rail kits have a five-year warranty and include everything needed to easily give boats a new look and provide many years of durable use. To determine which rub rail kit is appropriate, view the Taco Marine Rub Rail …