South Beach collection

September 1st, 2016

Silver State Inc. now offers the South Beach collection, distributed exclusively through Alaxi, a division of Silver State. The Sunbrella® South Beach collection includes, among other designs, Fontainebleau, a railroaded stripe with a 32.25 inch repeat; Avenues, a large/mid-scale with a labyrinthian turn on a traditional Greek key; and Kitty Kitty, an organic tiger pattern […]

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Climates dictate how five regional shops make enclosures

September 1st, 2016

Local geography can define a business. In the case of marine fabrication shops, locality can factor into everything from work schedules to choice of materials. Whether the shops are based in the subtropical heat of Florida or the often-chilly climate of the Great Lakes, fabricators make sure their marine applications meet customers’ unique needs. Honoring […]

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Meticulous prototyping leads to attractive cylinder cushions

September 1st, 2016

Over the years I have been asked to fabricate several unusual items. I never know if that item will be a one-hit wonder or will become a customer favorite. In most cases, I create prototypes that help me creatively solve design challenges. I charge a prototype fee of a few hundred dollars to develop and […]

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Warranting your work

September 1st, 2016

Going above and beyond protects customers' investment At first glance, marine fabricators may not seem to have much in common with L.L. Bean, the maker of outdoor clothing and gear. Bean became an icon in the business world through its legendary customer service, and that lesson is not lost on fabricators. Fabricators may never get […]

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SuperMAX™ anchors

September 1st, 2016

SuperMAX™ anchors provide a strong hold in any seabed and in many conditions, from grass to coral, tidal currents and hurricane winds. Manufactured in the U.S. from high-tensile strength American tool-grade steel (harder than any steel used in competitive anchors), the SuperMAX is hot-dip galvanized for years of protection. Available in rigid and pivoting shank […]

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The Nautical Needle earns IAA award

September 1st, 2016

The Nautical Needle was recognized with the Outstanding Achievement Award for the exterior upholstery on a 1956 Lone Star Meteor. The boat is so rare that only 12 are estimated to be in existence today. Lone Star Boat Company, based in Texas, was bought by Chrysler when it started building outboard motors in the 1960s. […]

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Marine Canvas Training Institute closes after 34 years

September 1st, 2016

After 34 years in business, the Marine Canvas Training Institute (MCTI) closed its doors in July. The training institute was established by Don Wedge and later managed by his daughter, Dawn Taylor, MFC. Taylor says MCTI, based in Palmetta, Fla., was always a family business. “The school is closing because there is no family member […]

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Redesigned Sunbrella® Fusion Collection

September 1st, 2016

The latest textures, patterns and colors from the Sunbrella® Fusion Collection are now available exclusively through Trivantage. This collection features 99 new styles for indoor and outdoor upholstery. The collection includes Tailored, inspired by menswear tweed; Savvy, a geometric design; Agra, a design that resembles raindrops; and Demo, which draws upon familiar textures and colors. […]

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#138 Polyester Thread

September 1st, 2016

Vicar International has added size #138 UVR to its Aqualon line of bonded polyester threads, which combine durability with aesthetics. The 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 […]

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