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2024 MFA Conference news

News | August 31, 2023 | By:

Registration is open, and the full conference schedule is available for the annual Marine Fabricators Conference being held Jan. 25-27, 2024, at the Tradewinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

This year’s conference takes place at the lovely Tradewinds Island Grand Resort. All conference activities, except shop tours, will be held on hotel property, which is located just steps from the ocean.

The conference features three full days of education and networking designed to help marine fabricators cultivate industry connections, improve their efficiency and increase revenue. This year, the conference will include a five-hour pre-show technical workshop on Jan. 24 that will teach all skill levels how to use technology to increase workflow efficiencies. Attendance is extremely limited.

As a special treat, one of the most skilled fabricators in the industry, David Elliot, will present two different sessions tentatively titled “Marine Fabrication the Aussie Way.” Additional education sessions include marine upholstery trends and techniques, 2D vs. 3D digital scanning, roundtable topic discussions, social media tips for marine fabricators, a Showoff Showcase where fabricators bring in examples of their best work, an estimates and invoicing panel discussion and much more. 

This photo shows Australian fabricator David Elliot at the 2018 MFA conference. Elliot will again be presenting a two-part education session at the 2024 conference.

Thanks to overwhelming demand, the Fabricator Olympics are back with great prizes and bragging rights for the winners! Attendees will have numerous opportunities to connect with fellow fabricators and suppliers including the exhibit show floor, a pre-show beach party, the opening night 80s-themed Costume Party, lunchtime shop tours and the formal Closing Dinner and Awards event. 

To register, submit to Tools, Tips and Tricks and see the full conference schedule, visit

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