Fabricating metal frames

January 1, 2023  |  Features

Fabricating frames, tubing, hardware and other items can present a quandary for marine fabricators. It’s a job that customers need, but it’s not easy work, and it can take a pretty penny to have all the necessary equipment on hand.
Pros and cons of mobile marine shops

January 1, 2023  |  Features

When you’re a marine fabricator with a mobile unit, you’re often at a competitive advantage.
Marine Fabrication Excellence Awards deadline approaching

October 26, 2022  |  Awards, IFAI news, MFA Excellence Awards, MFA Excellence Awards, News

The 2023 MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards deadline is Nov 1, 2022. Fabrication Excellence Award Winners receive: •A featured spot in Marine Fabricator magazine •A personalized plaque and press release •Recognition on the MFA website New this year: A new category called Transformations (Before…
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Choosing the right needles and thread

September 1, 2022  |  Features

Needles and threads are essential for keeping marine fabrication projects looking and performing their best, but their role is often taken for granted—until something goes sideways that is. When a thread or needle is wrong for the job or is of poor quality, the consequences can be aggravating—or…
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Custom boat cover tips and techniques

September 1, 2022  |  Features

Remember the old adage that the only sure things in life are death and taxes? For marine fabricators, the list might include a third one—boat covers.
Celebrating marine fabricators age 40 and under

September 1, 2022  |  Features

There is a dedicated new generation of marine fabricators who are making a difference in this industry. Marine Fabricator put the word out seeking nominations for fabricators age 40 and under who deserve recognition for their high-quality work and efforts to improve the marine fabrication industry a…
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Small tools and machines deliver big benefits

July 1, 2022  |  Features

The “right tool for the job” has long been a maxim for success. Marine fabrication can involve the use of large, complex tools, but those are not the bread and butter of most operations. It’s the smaller tools used daily, over and over, that can often determine if a shop is efficient and effec…
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Space management 101

July 1, 2022  |  Features

Clutter. Claustrophobia. Continual need for more storage. Those are possible hazards of working out of a physically small marine fabrication shop. Yet it’s understandable that many fabricators choose to house their companies in conservatively sized spaces to better control overhead costs.