Common mistakes cost more than you think

September 1, 2019

There’s a high cost to being too busy to get work done. By Randy Westlund I  was consulting for the owners of a company recently. They’d worked hard last year. They did a record number of jobs. They even had to hire two installers and a welder to get it all done. But at the end …

GoFundMe account set up for family of Caribbean Canvas

July 9, 2019

Jerry Hughes and Stephanie Hughes, owners of Caribbean Canvas, Boynton Beach, Fla, died in an auto accident on June 29. The Highlands News-Sun has released more information about the accident. The Hughes’ youngest child, Cade, age 9, has a rare disease called Jansen’s metaphyseal chondrodysplasia, where the bones in the arms and legs develop abnormally. …

Workstation ergonomics saves backs and increases efficiency

May 2, 2019

Sewing machines are an integral part of the workflow at most marine fabrication shops. But while fabricators may be careful about the machines they buy, and work to keep them operating properly, there are other aspects of the sewing operation that deserve attention. Just the way a shop’s sewing workstations are set up can increase …

Women in marine manufacturing honored with STEP Ahead Award

April 23, 2019

Kim Shaller, Purchasing Manager, Boston Whaler Boats, and Judith Zelisko, Vice President, Tax, Brunswick Corporation, received the Manufacturing Institute’s 2019 STEP Ahead Award. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards recognize women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies. The Manufacturing Institute presented awards to 100 Honorees and 30 Emerging Leaders (women …

Spring 2019 boating safety circular available

April 18, 2019

The spring 2019 Boating Safety Circular (BSC) is now available for downloading from the Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety’s website. Click here to access the BSC. This BSC issue includes: •HINs for Racing Vessels •Recreational Boat Safe Loading and Flotation Regulations •Summary of MIBS 2019 Inspection Citations by Type •Capacity Label 101 – Back …

SOBA conference registration open

July 19, 2018

The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) will hold its 2018 Annual Boating Access Conference from Sept. 24-27 in Duluth, Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is the conference host and the theme for this year’s conference is, “Access is the Bridge to Superior Water Recreation Experiences.” Lake Superior, one of the world’s largest …

Extreme business diversification in Alaska

May 1, 2018

  As one can imagine, a marine fabrication shop in Alaska can face some pretty extreme seasonal ups and downs, making diversification critical to survival. Consequently, when Devlin McKee and Eric Walton, co-partners of Fairbanks-based Custom Canvas Alaska LLC, opened their business in 2005, it wasn’t long before they began exploring additional markets. They started …

In Memoriam

April 20, 2018

Kathleen “Kathy” A. Johnson, 61, of Virginia Beach, Va., passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at sunset surrounded by her family. She leaves a legacy of love to everyone who knew her. Kathy is survived by Michael (“Mike”), her husband of 36 years, sons Daniel (and his wife Michaux), and Brian (and his wife …

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 …

Centek Check Valve

January 1, 2017

The Check Valve from Centek Industries helps prevent water from flowing back into engines and gensets. The check valve is useful on boats and yachts that navigate in a following sea, or when a backdown is needed while fighting game fish. Manufactured from flame-retardant and heat resistant resin, it is available in a wide range …