• 2016 New Product Showcase

    Published On: January 1, 2016Categories: Features, Products

    Marine Fabricator's compilation of products to help you create profit-producing projects. Products and information were submitted by manufacturers and suppliers by the established deadline. Awning fabric The Sattler 745 FR awning fabric features a flame-retardant PVC-coated polyester membrane that meets NFPA 701, CPAI-84, CSFM Title19, CPAI-84, BS7837, CAN/ULC-S109, NFB 92-507 requirements. Featuring UV resistance, color [...]

  • Full coverage

    Published On: January 1, 2016Categories: Features

    The owner of this yacht wanted entrance points on both sides with the full cover in place, and removable sections near the cockpit area. David’s Custom Trimmers of Queensland, Australia, used more than 85 yards of fabric, 43 zips and 10 yards of felt-like carpet as rub strips on this cover that included nine [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Estimating for profit

    Published On: January 1, 2016Categories: Features

    Marine fabricators are accustomed to the occasional request for work on the side. It’s important to take the time to think of everything that could present a challenge, notes Kathy Schaefer of Glawe Awnings and Tents in Fairborn, Ohio. Understanding the customer's unique wants and requirements goes to the heart of successful custom [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 2016 MFA Time Standards Manual

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

    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 [...]

  • As the ACA stands

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

    Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been around since 2010, and despite more than 50 congressional attempts to repeal it, its shaky financial footing may do it in. According to a report from the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, small businesses are among those most vulnerable to steep health-care cost increases affecting [...]