USMCA affects boat and engine importers

July 9th, 2020

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is now in effect. Under USMCA, there are no changes to the rules of origin for recreational marine engines and boats. However, importers will have to provide information in a new “certification of origin” to prove origin of goods and claim preferential tariff treatment. The certification can be completed by the […]

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Florida approves conservation measure

July 8th, 2020

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1061 into law, which creates the new Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve and protects about 400,000 acres of seagrass in the state’s waters. Off Florida’s west coast, seagrass beds stretch for miles and for decades have supported a significant part of the regional economy. The Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve off […]

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Budsin boat webinar series

July 7th, 2020

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is offering a three-part series focused on the Budsin boat project that was featured at the 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference. During each webinar, Brooke Kahn, vice president of marketing for Keyston Bros, will interview key people involved in the project, explore how electric boats are manufactured and fabricated, and find […]

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Pulling together during the pandemic

July 6th, 2020

By Cathy Broberg Those of us not on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic often feel helpless. Sheltering in place doesn’t feel like much of a contribution. Jamie and Bob Mills from Wm. J. Mills & Co., Greenport, N.Y., were among those who wanted pitch in. The brothers designed a face shield they planned […]

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SBA releases new PPP loan forgiveness applications

July 2nd, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, which was signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application […]

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Call for Women in Textiles Summit speakers

July 1st, 2020

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has issued a call for speakers for its Women in Textiles Summit being held March 3–5, 2021, in Braselton, Ga. The call for speakers is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to develop bold, valuable and worthwhile content attendees are eager to hear. The vision of the summit is to […]

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Durable PTFE thread

July 1st, 2020

Austrian-made Profilen® PTFE sewing thread is now being distributed by Polyfab USA. The thread is an excellent choice for long-lasting outdoor items such as awnings, shade sails and marine covers. It is flame retardant, resistant to highly corrosive environments, competitively priced and is covered under a factory warranty for the lifespan of the fabric onto […]

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Cockpit cover fabrication tips

July 1st, 2020

By Leo Pohlmann, in collaboration with Zach Pohlmann Throughout my 30 years of marine canvas experience as the owner of Uncharted Marine Canvas, I’ve seen many trends come and go. One that has emerged within the past five to 10 years is the creation of cockpit covers on sportfishing boats. Located in the Florida Panhandle, […]

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Sales and marketing during a pandemic

July 1st, 2020

By Madeleine MacRae Determining the best way to sell and, even more so, how to effectively and appropriately market your products and services at a time of such widespread uncertainty and deep market disruption can be a daunting task. As a leader during this unprecedented time, you have a lot on your plate. You have […]

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Antimicrobial durability

July 1st, 2020

EverSoft vinyl is a supple, sleek vinyl with four-way stretch. It features a Nanocide™ Silver Ion Antimicrobial Agent formulation which enables it to withstand harsh conditions and prevents the growth of mold, mildew and pink staining. Recommended for marine seating and upholstery, home decor pieces, interior upholstery, RV and auto upholstery, and commercial or hospitality […]

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