Get listed in the Marine Fabricator 2021 Buyer’s Guide

September 2, 2020

The annual call for listings in the Marine Fabricator 2021 Buyer’s Guide is now open. Thousands of companies turn to this annual guide to purchase products and services for their businesses. This comprehensive resource lists suppliers of fabric, film and foam; hardware and findings; end products and services; and equipment and tools. Current advertisers and …

Tools, tips and tricks

September 1, 2020

Clever tips from marine fabricators Use these clever tool hacks from Faith Roberts, owner of Banner Canvas in Ham Lake, Minn., to streamline your shop and increase your efficiency.  Hack 1  Clear bins with labels help you see everything at a glance. It saves time and allows you to reorder supplies as needed. Hack 2  …

Inhibiting microbes with topcoat technology

February 11, 2020

When compounded performance additives in vinyl aren’t enough, antimicrobial lacquers and topcoats offer extra protection. By Hugh Barrett Microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, can live on a surface for months. Manufacturers of flexible vinyl, films, fabrics and textiles use engineered antimicrobial (AM) lacquers and barrier topcoats to offer an extra level of protection against …

Get listed in the Marine Fabricator 2020 Buyer’s Guide

August 26, 2019

The annual call for listings in the Marine Fabricator 2020 Buyer’s Guide opens August 26. Thousands of companies turn to this annual guide to purchase products and services for their businesses. This comprehensive resource lists suppliers of fabric, film and foam; hardware and findings; end products and services; and equipment and tools. We need to …

Fresh updates for older vessels

January 1, 2017

Most interior fabrication projects occur on fixer-uppers. The vessel might be vintage or it might be less than ten years old. While I always welcome the challenge of doing a better design than the original, there is a fine line between aesthetics and practicality. After all, the boat needs to be both comfortable and secure …

Good intentions

Building momentum in a business rarely just happens. Growing a business depends on an intentional effort, and in this issue of Marine Fabricator, readers will meet many successful business owners who are enjoying great momentum. And these owners are refining best practices as new projects come their way. Some best practices can appear obvious, like …

Modern technology can prevent targeted cyberattacks

Modern, targeted cyberattacks can take any organization by surprise. And these targeted cyberattacks are increasingly widespread. CBS Money Watch reported in June 2015 that more than 80 percent of U.S. companies have been successfully hacked, according to a Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey. According to the CBS report, “Successful attacks by hackers involved …

2017 MFA Time Standards Manual

The Time Standards Manual was developed in 1996 by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, to serve as a benchmark shop owners can use to set fabrication times, with which they can generate competitive labor costs. The manual is an ongoing project that will grow and change organically …

A business inspired by a hurricane

Kathryn J. Maisto, MFC, the owner and managing member of Fairwinds Canvas LLC and Canvas Training Center, says her commitment to continuous learning has kept her business moving forward. Fairwinds Canvas, based in Racine, Wis., was founded in 2000, and Maisto has 22 years of marine fabrication experience. Her business has four employees who stay …

Constructing snow flies for the Alaskan climate

Our winters in Fairbanks, Alaska, can be cold or very cold with lots of snow or little snow; it all depends. One condition we don’t see often is wind. In my 26 years of living here, I can remember only one time when the wind blew and the snow flew. Most of our snow falls …