New solutions to some sticky textile problems

September 1, 2021  |  Feature

Supply chain issues aside, advancements in marine fabrics bring long-awaited solutions to at least some of the problems that have plagued marine canvas manufacturers since the dawn of the industry. by Sigrid Tornquist Despite a log-jammed supply chain and an increase in the number of people who want…
Taking the next step: Jeff Newkirk grows his business

September 1, 2021  |  Feature

Pushed by the pandemic, Jeff Newkirk envisions a growth plan for Precision Custom Canvas.   By Michelle Miron Jeff Newkirk, MFC, started sailing at such a young age, he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t entranced with sailboats, the glide across open water and the call of the open wind.  Th…
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Bedding projects that wow

July 1, 2021  |  Feature

The sleeping quarters are where marine fabricators can really show off their design chops, but for bedding projects that impress, asking clients the right questions and thoughtful preplanning are essential.  By Pamela Mills-Senn Boats give marine fabricators plenty of chances to showcase their …
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Digital patterning: 2D and 3D tools

July 1, 2021  |  Feature

How one fabricator stepped into the future. By Jeff Moravec Marine Tops Unlimited Inc. has been providing custom fabrication for Wisconsin boats for just shy of 40 years. Kyle Van Damme, who with his father owns the company in Omro, west of Oshkosh, has for the vast majority of those years done fabr…
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Tailored Solutions: Monica Stockburger profile

July 1, 2021  |  Feature

Monica Stockburger combines artistry with performance when repairing the vessels of Alaska’s Kachemak Bay.   by Darcy Maulsby Southcentral Alaska is filled with spectacular natural beauty, hardworking people and an array of fishing boats and other vessels that are often in need of repair. The…
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Tools of the Trade: Marine fabricators share their favorites

May 1, 2021  |  Feature

We asked marine fabricators to tell us about the “must-have” tools in their shop. The variety and creativity of submissions we received told us what we already knew—fabricators are a resourceful and innovative lot! By Cathy Broberg Hercules 1575 foam cutter with Bosch blade “A good quality f…
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Managing difficult clients

May 1, 2021  |  Feature

Marine fabricators discuss their best forms of defense By Michelle Miron Most businesses have encountered these people at least once: impossible-to-please customers who make life miserable for everyone who has to work with them. Maybe they are disrespectful to you and your employees. Maybe they dema…
2021 Premier Product Showcase

May 1, 2021  |  Feature

High-quality products to help you create durable, attractive and successful projects. For this feature, we asked our contributors to send us information about their high-performing products. The product information was submitted by the participating manufacturers and suppliers by the established dea…