• Complex and compound frame bending

    Published On: July 1, 2016Categories: How-To Articles, Projects

    Incorporating unconventional design into dodgers and biminis. I often suggest that my customers try to think out of the box when envisioning what their boats can look like. I tell them, “If I have done my job properly, the cover will become part of the boat.” Take a spray dodger, for example. I generally recommend [...]

  • The art of project management on contour cushions

    Published On: July 1, 2016Categories: Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    Photo 1: The horseshoe-shaped seating for an aft cockpit required an elaborate checklist to ensure that all the customer’s requests were fulfilled. Marine fabricators are a unique group of craftspeople and business owners. Many of us are familiar with the notion that creative pursuits are right-brain activities, while math and logic are left-brain [...]

  • Restyled sleeping cabins

    Published On: May 1, 2016Categories: Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    Interior sleeping cabins on a vessel have always been my favorite projects. I enjoy researching options and ultimately providing customers with tidy solutions that offer easy accessibility. Cabin spaces and mattresses come in all shapes and sizes. One of my clients claims to sleep 14 people on his 54-foot Bertram with only three interior cabins, [...]

  • Lazy Jack – stack pack sail covers

    Published On: March 1, 2016Categories: How-To Articles, Projects

    Click on the images in the gallery below for a step by step guide. These names are some of the descriptions for a process of suspending sail covers. I started making these Lazy Jack covers 20 years ago, as a progress/advance of the Lazy Jack rope system, designed to help flake a main [...]

  • Elegant performance in stripes

    Published On: March 1, 2016Categories: Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    Stripes come in every color, shape and size. A two-color stripe can even be juxtaposed to form an eye-catching pattern. Striking stripe patterns can be matched or combined with solid colors to provide dramatic effects for your next project. Stripes are more popular than ever. Sunbrella likes them so much, subtle as well as dramatic [...]

  • Window treatments to WOW your customers

    Published On: January 1, 2016Categories: Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    Roman shades are a popular choice because they give a yacht interior a very soft yet refined look. This article presents options for the perfect look and fit for those challenging yacht windows. A bit of experience will help, but don’t be daunted by the encounter; just reading this page likely means you [...]

  • Ready to share 35 years of fabrication experience

    Published On: January 1, 2016Categories: Management, Projects

    Dave Elliott's shop is located at Manly Boat Harbour, Brisbane, Australia, where the local marina is home to four yacht clubs and 1,700 boats in the water and 400 on land. In this series of articles, I will be introducing you to another talented fabricator, Aaron Stroud-Smith from Canvas Barn Marine Trimming, located [...]

  • Child’s play

    Published On: September 1, 2015Categories: Features, Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    Even when piloting the boat, the needs of children present a new kind of opportunity for marine fabricators. Kid-friendly boat interiors balance durability, safety and plenty of fun. Kids are fun and adorable. They’re also clumsy and messy. So when boat owners decide to spend time on the water with their children and [...]

  • Cushion security issues

    Published On: September 1, 2015Categories: Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    I love going to boat shows, especially to investigate how all of the new boats keep their cushions attached. Traditionally cushions were snapped or screwed through boat rails and/or secured via T-nuts or spider bolts to wood bases. Now there are such options as ridged plastic Velcro found in industrial-supplies stores. Meanwhile, top-of-the-line vessels push [...]

  • Bringing back Acania

    Published On: September 1, 2015Categories: Features, Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    Faithful restoration brings back the style of the roaring '20s. Back in the 1920s and ’30s, large, luxurious cruising yachts were status symbols—often produced for the wealthy who sought to entertain and delight their guests in these elaborate vessels. When built, they earned accolades aplenty—even The New York Times published articles touting the ordering and [...]