Tools, Tips and Tricks

March 1st, 2019

The Tools, Tricks and Tips competition at the 2019 MFA conference had no shortage of good ideas. David Huntington of River Custom Canvas was the first-place Don Racine Award winner for his Redesigned Button Die tip. He received a complimentary full registration for the 2020 MFA Conference in Daytona Beach, Fla. Mike Peterson, SugarHouse Awning, […]

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Roundtables provide intense interactions

March 1st, 2019

Three large rooms, a 40-minute timer, fifteen tables and more than 200 people make for a high-energy, high-volume afternoon. The marine industry “speed dating” roundtables at the 2019 MFA conference in Long Beach, Calif., gave participants a chance to discuss burning issues and exchange best practices on a wide variety of topics including framing, fabric […]

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Editorial: Generativity

March 1st, 2019

I ran into the term “generativity” recently. It was coined by psychoanalyst Erik Erikson in 1950 to denote a concern for establishing and guiding the next generation through caring, teaching and engaging in creative work that contributes to society. I saw numerous examples of generativity at the MFA conference in Long Beach in January, and […]

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Clever tips from marine fabricators

March 1st, 2019

These are submissions to the 2018 and 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest. Tip 1 Document your projects with a drone Photo documentation is the most important tool we use to show our work to potential customers on our websites and in promotional documents. But in a tight marina with full slips […]

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Upholstery: draping vs. digital

March 1st, 2019

At Chicago Marine Canvas, our MFA- and IFAI-award-winning canvas and upholstery shop, we have fully integrated digital methods into our canvas work. There are many benefits to implementing a digital measurement and design process, including speed and accuracy. During the past four years that we’ve been measuring and designing in 3-D, we’ve found it works […]

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Marine flooring options

March 1st, 2019

Marine flooring options have exploded in the last decade. Thanks to technological advancements, the quality of materials and the ease of installation have improved dramatically. This cycle of continuous improvement means fabricators need to stay ahead of the curve and have a thorough understanding of the products available to best meet their customers’ needs. Warren […]

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