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 …

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July 26, 2016

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Working with “difficult” clients

January 1, 2015

Anticipating what makes a client difficult for you can help to resolve problems before they swell. By Melynda Norman-Lee So you have a client you don’t like to work with. Have you taken the time to figure out why? What is it about working with this client that bothers you? Is it the client’s lack …

Standardizing dodger design and fabrication

July 1, 2014

Jason Iverson is passionate about his business. It is obvious when he talks about the details of his designs and how he works with his customers. He has been able to combine two of his passions—product design and sailing—to launch Iverson’s Design Inc., a successful business designing dodgers and accessories for sailboats. “When you are …

Step toward technology

May 1, 2014

Darren Arthur runs his marine canvas shop with two employees—and he’s added an automated plotter-cutter system to improve productivity. The decision to buy a plotter-cutter system for my marine canvas shop was initially an overwhelming idea,” says Darren Arthur, owner of Nautilux Custom Canvas LLC in Hazlet, N.J. “I had never seen that type of …

Repair or Replace? Part 1: Posing the Question

March 1, 2014

A customer wanders into your store with a tattered and torn bimini top in hand—one that obviously has seen better days. Although the boat owner requests repairs be done to his beloved top, your better judgment foresees the need for a complete replacement. So how do you handle this situation? How do you ensure your …