Software management to canvas bliss

September 1, 2018

Keri Ames is the sole owner and fabricator of Yachtsman’s Canvas in North Wales, Pa. She’s been a marine fabricator for eight years and works with powerboats and sailboats on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay (Md.), southeastern areas of Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. She began sailing the waters of the Chesapeake Bay …

Quality canvas from the heart and heartland

July 1, 2018

William Miller is the owner, manager and fabricator of Colonville Canvas, a Clare, Mich.-based company that specializes in marine covers, enclosures, bimini tops and upholstery. Miller grew up learning about the industry in his father’s shop. He opened his own shop in 2014 and just finished doubling its size to approximately 3,000 square feet to …

A family tradition of fabrication

May 1, 2018

Dave Lowitz is the owner of Lowitz Custom Shoppe in Kalispell, Mont., which is located near Glacier National Park. The shop has been family owned and operated since 1957. Dave has spent 38 years in the business, approximately 30 of them in marine canvas and upholstery. Currently, there are four people working at Lowitz Custom …

Joy of hands-on work

March 1, 2018

Tammy Golden has been the owner of Aureus Custom Canvas in Pasadena, Md., since January 2014. She began the business in her basement and within nine months expanded to her current location. She now has three employees and once again has outgrown her existing space and is in the process of expanding into a new, …

Creative Problem Solvers

January 1, 2018

Derek Steere and Lauren Cohen are the owners of San Juan Canvas Co., located in Friday Harbor, Wash. They have been in business for nine years and design and fabricate many custom marine canvas products including dodgers, hatch covers and enclosures. They also repair sails, fabricate a variety of canvas tote bags and build custom …

A passion for boats and design

September 1, 2017

Mark Merritt, owner of Central Florida Canvas in Leesburg, Fla., is a fifth-generation Floridian. He has spent most of his career working in the marine business starting with building fiberglass boats in the mid-1980s to becoming a certified marine mechanic. He established Central Florida Canvas in 2003 and fabricates a wide range of custom-built canvas …

Semi-mobile marine canvas company makes quality a priority

July 1, 2017

Charlie and Marcia Kees are the owners of Mister Sew-N-Sew Custom Boat Canvas. Based in Waterford, N.Y., the marine fabrication business designs and sews boat covers and marine upholstery for a variety of makes and models of boats. From bimini covers to mooring covers to camper-style marine covers, all custom work is professionally designed and …

A family business that thrives

May 1, 2017

Ben Lange, owner of Wyoming Canvas, in Wyoming, Minn., established his business in 1981. His shop has six employees who fabricate boat and pontoon covers, travel tops and upholstery. With its long history in the local community, Wyoming Canvas is a huge supporter of area schools, the VFW, local church groups and youth fundraisers. What …

For the love of making things

March 1, 2017

Joel Butler, owner of Leatherback Canvas, founded his one-person business in 2004 after discovering that his interests in art and making things added up to transferable skills for the marine fabrication business. Butler’s 18 years of fabrication experience is well utilized in his San Diego, Calif.-based shop. What drew you into the marine fabrication industry? …