Jeff Newkirk Achieves MFC Certification

January 17, 2020

New Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Advisory Board member Jeff Newkirk, owner of Precision Custom Canvas Inc., in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, achieved Master Fabrics Craftsman (MFC) certification in Marine in December 2019. This certification recognizes that Newkirk has attained the highest level of expertise in all phases of hands-on product design, craftsmanship and installation for …

U.S. boat sales up in 2019, expected to remain strong in 2020

January 15, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced that retail unit sales of new powerboats are estimated to have held steady in 2019 at approximately 280,000 units, the second highest total since 2007. The busy winter boat show season kicks off this week across the country and NMMA expects new powerboat sales to be up as …

MMI Textiles names Jeff Papalia vice president

January 13, 2020

MMI Textiles Inc., a global diversified supplier of industrial and custom fabrics and textile components with military and tactical, medical, commercial and apparel expertise, has named Jeff Papalia as vice president. Papalia will be strategically located in North Carolina and will start with MMI on January 13, 2020. Papalia was selected for the new position …

Steve Szenay appointed Serge Ferrari technical support manager

Serge Ferrari announced that Steve Szenay has been promoted to Technical Support Manager for North America. Szenay will be responsible for disseminating technical information for all Serge Ferrari products sold in the United States and Canada, including product use, fabrication best- practices, maintenance and claim evaluation. In this newly created position, Szenay will be the …

Test set for new marine coating on ship hulls

January 9, 2020

Flinders University researchers Professor Mats Andersson and Associate Professor Sophie Leterme are developing a new antifouling marine coating. The $350,000 project will conduct a series of sea trials in the next 12 months and is being led by Flinders University in South Australia in collaboration with the University of South Australia, shipbuilder ASC and the …

Annual advocacy survey ends soon

January 7, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is calling on all recreational boating industry stakeholders to participate in the association’s second annual advocacy survey, which will play an important role in shaping the organization’s 2020 policy priorities. Click here to take the survey. Direct stakeholder feedback is essential to ensuring the industry’s advocacy efforts are robust …

Seaman Corp. CEO named best in 2019

January 3, 2020

Seaman Corp., a leading industrial coated fabrics company, has received recognition by Comparably as having the Best CEO 2019, according to a news release from Seaman Corp. This recognition adds to Seaman’s streak of workplace accolades, including The Perfect Engine Award (2012), Industry Leadership Award (2014) and Evolution of Manufacturing Excellence Honoree (2015). A recent …

Chicago Boat and RV Show opens in early January

January 2, 2020

The Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show™ runs Jan. 8-12, 2020, at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. The show will have more than 600 boats and 100 recreational vehicles on display and include seminars and the latest in outdoor accessories. The show will have a pool where attendees can demo kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and sailboats. …

New members join MFA

January 1, 2020

Admiral CanvasWarren Cooper www.admiralcanvas.comFort Lauderdale, Fla.   American Boat Top Co.Red Bickerstaff www.americanboattop.comFlat Rock, Mich.    Bramble’s Canvas & UpholsteryDaniel Bramble www.dantheupholsteryman.comPottsboro, Texas    Canvas SolutionsTaylor Dosier www.yourcanvassolutions.comSpring Lake, Mich. Custom Boat CoversBrian Thompson www.customboatcovers.usAurora, Ohio    Eqodry USADerek Robinson  www.eqodryusa.comElon, N.C.    George Givens & SonRichard Givens www.geogivensandson.comMobile, Ala. Lakeside Canvas & UpholsteryMs Beth VanLente www.lakesidecanvas1.comMuskegon, Mich.    Lawless Designs LLCKate …

Deadline to enter 2020 Miami Innovation Awards is Jan. 10

December 31, 2019

The deadline to enter new products for the 2020 Miami International Boat Show® Innovation Awards is Jan. 10, 2020. The Innovation Awards recognize manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market, and the winners will be announced during the Miami Boat Show in February. The Innovation Awards program is managed by the National …