August 2023

  • Published On: August 31, 2023

    Organizations need to be thinking about tomorrow and, more specifically, how the future of work, the workforce and the workplace will be dramatically different from what we know today. And more important, from what it has been in the past.  Warp-speed changes ahead Let’s start by thinking about today and taking a pulse of the [...]

  • Published On: August 31, 2023

    You’ve undoubtedly heard someone say, “Just let the next guys worry about it,” which usually means the product they’re sending out will be nearly impossible for the “next guys” to work on or repair. Boatman Marine Canvas works on all sorts of lake boats that are 38 feet and smaller. Time after time we find [...]

  • Published On: August 31, 2023

    This California-style dodger has five attachable panels that can be used in any configuration. California-style dodgers provide maximum flexibility for different sailing conditions. I have been a sailor longer than I have been a marine fabricator. In fact, being a sailor is how I got into this business. I often hear from fellow fabricators that the [...]

  • Published On: August 31, 2023

    C.S. Osborne’s LOXX® self-locking, quick-release two-part engineered fasteners are strong and versatile. Once the male lower and female upper parts are locked, the only way to release the fastener is to pull up on the upper cap where there is an internal tension spring to control the action when locking and releasing. Available in high-grade [...]

  • Published On: August 31, 2023

    AquaTop fabrics are built for strength and durability in extreme marine conditions. AquaTop Air is a 7.5- ounce solution-dyed fabric that is up to 1.5 times stronger and built for extreme UV resistance in sunbaked climates. AquaTop is an 8.75-ounce coated fabric that is up to 1.7 times stronger for added strength, puncture and water [...]

  • Published On: August 31, 2023

    Stimpson’s new spring-loaded hole punch set allows fabricators to single-source everything needed to set grommets and washers confidently, accurately and securely. The industrial-grade hole punch is made from high-quality W1 steel. It features a hardened guide pin for precise hole placement every time and a hardened cutting edge for superior cutting performance. For enhanced safety, [...]

  • Published On: August 31, 2023

    Invented to make taping zippers easier, the Seamstick Taper is designed to apply seamstick tape to one side of a zipper, webbing or facing. The tape block on top is interchangeable to accommodate whatever the fabricator is taping. With the removal of a single bolt, the tape block is easily changed to other block types. [...]

  • Published On: August 31, 2023

    Whether fabric is stretched from wind or body movement, seams bear the brunt of the stress. Needle holes enlarge and sewn material pulls away to leave paths for water to seep through. Seam Sealer coats these areas with an invisible non-silicone waterproof barrier that doesn’t change the fabric’s feel, flexibility or color. Works equally well [...]

  • Published On: August 31, 2023

    All calendar events are subject to change. Please check websites for updated information. Sept. 22–23, 2023MFA Pacific Northwest Regional WorkshopOyster Creek CanvasBellingham, Wash.textiles.org/marineworkshops Nov. 1–3, 2023Advanced Textiles Expo 2023Orange County Convention CenterOrlando, Fla.advancedtextilesexpo.com Nov. 17–18, 2023MFA Great Lakes WorkshopChicago Marine CanvasChicago, Ill.textiles.org/marineworkshops Jan. 25–27, 2024MFA Conference 2024Tradewinds ResortSt. Pete Beach, Fla.textiles.org/marineconference

  • Published On: August 31, 2023

    The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) provides resources and programs for marine fabricators and establishes standards of excellence for business practices, products and craftsmanship. The MFA is a division of the Advanced Textiles Association, formerly known as IFAI. Join the only trade association today that represents the entire specialty fabrics and advanced textiles industry in the [...]