Fundamental Change

January 1st, 2021

A recent Inc.com article described the months since COVID-19 hit as, “15 years of behavior change in 30 days.” Indeed, the amount of change and adaptation our business and personal lives have undergone would have been unimaginable less than a year ago. The changes have been a mixed bag; some positive (pivoting to PPE, helping […]

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Track-to-track enclosure fabrication

January 1st, 2021

This custom Makrolon enclosure is on a Dix 57 steel-hulled sailing sloop restored by the author's friends over the past 18 years. Photo taken in Smiths Cove, Gloucester, Mass. By Mark Hood, MFC At Hood Canvas, we fabricate rigid panels frequently. We have devised a method of fabricating these panels that is more mainstream than […]

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Industry Events

January 1st, 2021

Jan 28, Feb. 18, March 18, 2021MFA Virtual Series Free to members, online two-hour education sessionsmarine.ifai.com/virtualseries Feb. 18–19, 2021MFA Marine Workshop 2021 On-site, co-located with Fabricators Conference and ShowcaseSheraton Jacksonville HotelJacksonville, Fla.www.marine.ifai.com/marine-workshops/jacksonville Mar. 3–5, 2021Women in Textiles Summit 2021Chateau Elan Winery & Resort Braselton, Ga.www.ifai.com/women Feb. 24–28, 2021Atlantic City Boat ShowAtlantic City Convention CenterAtlantic City, N.J.www.acboatshow.com Mar. 25–28, […]

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New members join MFA

January 1st, 2021

Marine Fabricators Association welcomes the following new members. For complete contact information, visit www.ifai.com/marine. Alfred’s Upholstery & Co.Betsy Stevenswww.alfredsupholstery.comAlfred, Maine ARC Integrated SystemsJeff Covelwww.crownarc.comColumbus, Ohio Catnap Canvas Shop Heather Oebel+1 360 332 3111Blaine, Wash. Carolina Canvas Works Judd Barth+1 843 609 6266Columbia, S.C. Debron Plastics Inc. David Stermer+1 954 385 6781Hollywood, Fla. Epic Outdoor Cinema LLCNick Toutoungiwww.epicoutdoorcinema.comDavie, Fla. Fabric […]

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2021 MFA Time Standards Manual

January 1st, 2021

The Time Standards Manual was developed in 1996 by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, to serve as a benchmark that shop owners can use to set fabrication times, with which they can generate competitive labor costs. The manual is an ongoing project that will grow and change […]

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Books that improved me and my business

January 1st, 2021

Self-education comes in many forms. By Chris Ritsema  Education is a valuable asset when it comes to success in life and business. Going to college is the standard road map many people use to get an education that helps them succeed, but I never really enjoyed the classroom. I wanted to get out and get […]

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Quilted mattress panels

January 1st, 2021

The Luxe Collection is a line of premium fibers for quilted mattress panels that enhance the feel of a sleep surface with a luxurious layer of support and a high-end silky texture that foam cannot achieve on its own. The collection includes Luxe Bliss, the lightest at 12.5 ounces per square yard (osy), Luxe Plush […]

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Storage-friendly cover textile

January 1st, 2021

Lightweight Stamoid® Smart 1 is 60 percent more collapsible than standard boat and equipment cover materials, making installation and removal of covers easier as well as taking up less storage space. With a silicone coating on one side, the surface is very slick making it difficult for dirt, debris and pollution to adhere. Suited for […]

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Finishing Touches

January 1st, 2021

Finished seam options such as piping and topstitching increase durability and add decorative details as seen in this aft double seat fabricated by Terri Madden, Sand Sea & Air Interiors. Photo: Sand Sea & Air Interiors Inc. Materials and techniques for marine trimmings that improve form and function.  by Sigrid Tornquist It all matters. Fabric. […]

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High-value polyester

January 1st, 2021

Entry-level outdoor fabric Atlantis is 100 percent solution-dyed polyester that offers value with all the features you expect from a quality outdoor fabric, including a durable, waterproof PU backing, mildew resistance and excellent colorfastness. With minimal shrinking or stretching, it offers a five-year warranty, up to 1,000 hours of UV resistance and is available in […]

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